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Building Practices with Vertical ICF Construction – Less Waste, More Profit

By richm@tfsystem.com on 9/15/2016
TF Forming Systems Vertical ICFs provide little waste on any construction projectWhen planning your next building project, you probably haven’t put too much thought into how much waste your project is going to generate.  According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), this could be as much as 8,000 lbs. for the typical 2,000 square foot house.  It is also estimated by the EPA that waste from construction accounts for up to 40% of the nation’s solid waste; all of which ends up in a land fill!  With these staggering figures, there is constantly more push for greener building projects such as LEED certified projects which our ICF systems comply with.

With TF Forming Systems vertical ICF systems, there is very little waste.  This is because a builder using our insulated concrete forms can and is encouraged to use all of his/her scraps.  Any non-full piece of insulation foam can be stacked and placed into a cavity the same as a full piece panel!  This allows every scrap to be useable and is why only 1% additional material is figured in for waste when estimating ICF construction projects.  This is extraordinarily lower than conventional building methods which can sometimes reach as high as 20% figured waste.  However, not all ICF systems have this characteristic and other systems are even notorious for generating an excess amount of waste.

Standard use with TF Forming Systems vertical insulated concrete forms creates very little waste, but even further, there is the possibility of creating no waste at all.  If the builder or homeowner desires a responsible and green project, all scraps that can’t be used on the project can be sent back to the distributor or manufacturer for complete recycling.  This is applicable to both the polystyrene panels and PVC studs.  After using scraps and disposing of waste properly, it’s actually possible to complete your TF Vertical ICF construction project without the use of a jobsite dumpster.

Landfill use is just another problem in the construction industry that we need to address with our rapidly changing and growing world.  It’s often the last thought people have when faced with all the decisions of a big building project.  However, by using a responsible method, like TF Forming Systems, a person can reduce their landfill usage, save on costs from wasted materials, and help make the world a little better place to live.

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