Building a home using TF Concrete Forming Systems (ICF) saves energy and money. The higher insulation value, tighter construction, and temperature-evening thermal mass of the walls conserve heating and cooling energy much better than conventional wood-frame walls. This greatly reduces monthly fuel bills. It also allows use of smaller heating and cooling equipment, saving money in construction costs.
Houses using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) to build exterior walls require an estimated 44% less energy to heat and 32% less energy to cool than comparable frame houses. A typical 2000 square foot home in the middle section of the U.S. will save approximately $1500 in heating and air conditioning costs each year.
In colder areas of the U.S. and Canada, heating savings will be more and cooling savings less. In hotter areas, heating savings will be less and cooling savings more.
TF Forming Systems vs. Traditional Construction
Based upon 2268 sq. ft. home located in Minneapolis MN. Based upon data from Energy Wise Guaranteed Energy Saving Building Solutions, A division of Bayer Material Science. Assuming that energy costs are $.90 per kwh and Natural gas cost are at $.85 per 100 cubic feet.Based upon 6% annual energy inflation.
TransForm and ThermoForm walls can utilize varying insulating values for its walls using polystyrene foam from an R-value of 17 to 40, compared to wood frame’s R-9 to R-15. So TF Forming Systems' walls are expected to cut the conduction losses through foundation and above-grade walls by about half, plus our walls are tighter. In industry tests, ICF houses averaged about 1/2 as much infiltration (air leakage) as wood frame.
TF Forming Systems' walls do more than cut down on the biggest types of energy loss. The concrete gives them the heat-absorbing property, “thermal mass”. This is the ability to even out large swings in temperature. It keeps the walls of the house warmer when the outdoor temperature hits its coldest extreme, and keeps the house cooler when the outdoor temperature is hottest. The walls themselves “add back” heat or cooling energy to the interior living space of the house when it needs them most. This contributes about 6% of the needed energy to the house for free.
Reduced equipment costs result from the expected energy savings. Since the total energy needed will be less, the furnaces and compressors that heat and cool can be sized smaller. And the more the energy savings, the greater the possible reduction in equipment size—and the equipment cost.
In planning a new house you can estimate that building the walls of concrete using TransForm or ThermoForm will save you hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs. As shown in the graphs, the savings are greater the bigger the house. Heating savings are highest in cold climates, and cooling savings highest in warm climates.
You may also save hundreds or thousands of dollars in construction costs for heating and cooling equipment. Talk to TF Forming Systems today about how you can begin using TransForm or ThermoForm to build your next energy efficient home or building.
In the heart of tornado alley, more and more home owners are choosing to build with Insulated Concrete Form homes for disaster resistance and energy efficiency. Hideaway Developments, Inc. has a brand new insulated concrete form home for sale in their newest pocket community development in Ozark, Missouri.
According to the article below by DWM Magazine, Net-Zero-Energy Homes saw strong growth in 2016. The article is geared toward the door and window manufacturing sector but realizes how important the building envelope is in achieving the Net-Zero-Energy Home. At TF Forming Systems, we know how critical the building envelope is. This is why we are passionate about our vertical insulated concrete forms.