LEED Green Building & Construction Advantages of ICF
Builders not only choose Durisol green buildng material because they are LEED building rated, but also because of the ease with which walls can be constructed. The Durisol material is easily cut, nailed and screwed with simple carpenter tools. The ICF wall forms are light-weight and thermally insulating which allows easy winter construction without any additional heating.The unique free-draining Durisol material allows the use of high-slump concrete in the field that makes for easier and faster concrete pouring that ensures a solid wall, without any compromise in strength.
Interior and exterior finishes are applied directly to the Durisol material, eliminating subsequent steps in the construction process. Drywall can be attached anywhere on the Wall Form surface, while the open-textured nature of hardened Durisol makes it an ideal substrate for plasters and stucco.
ICF Construction Advantages
- Easily cut (like wood)
- Allows for Winter Construction
- Zero Voids
- Zero Blowouts
- Can attach screw to any point on surface
- Easy to Finish
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Also, With other ICF systems, air can only escape through the top of the form and when concrete is poured into these styrofoam forms, without vibration, there is a chance of getting air trapped, creating voids within the concrete structure. With Durisol, since it is free-draining and permeable, air is also allowed to escape through the sides of the forms – hence no potential for voids or “honey-combing” within the concrete structure.
Additional bracing is only required with Durisol when the Wall Form units have been cut or altered on-site.
Exterior Stuccos typically will still require reinforcing (mesh or lath) to eliminated the potential for subsequent cracking of the finish at joint outlines.
Interior plasters typically do not require additional reinforcing.
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