Amvic - Fully Assembled ICFs that are Energy Efficient, Strong and Durable
Amvic produces insulated concrete forms (ICFs). Initially used for building foundations, their application has grown to include full industrial wall systems. The ICF is composed of expanded polystyrene walls held together by polypropylene webs. They are shipped to the job site pre-assembled in order to ensure maximum strength, and since they are constructed similar to lego blocks, they make for a very simple on-site installation. On installation, the ICFs are stacked up, braced and filled with concrete. And there is no limitation to how high you can build with this product.
How can a product made of styrofoam be environmentally friendly? Well, according to Gary from Amvic, these ICFs have a few environmentally friendly aspects. For one, the ICF web is composed of 100% recycled material, and the entire product is composed of 60% recycled material. Additionally, ICFs create a very tight wall system which results in a wall with a high R-value and can lead to energy savings of 30-50%. Lastly, styrofoam is very rigid and will not decompose. This failure to decompose has gained styrofoam a very bad reputation over the years as a non-environmentally friendly product. However, according to Amvic styrofoam's failure to decompose also means that the ICFs are a highly durable product and are therefore great for use in walls and foundations. But what happens with these structures when people knock down homes or walls in a remodel? Well, according to Gary, ICFs are also recyclable.
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