Following site assessment, we agreed the specification and use of ICF to form the basis of the new extension. The benefits of using ICF reach further than its minimal environmental impact;
Improved air quality
Indoor humidity levels can be better regulated due not requiring a standard plastic vapour barrier or a foam insulation filler.
Because ICF can be used in any plane, the insulation properties are continual throughout the building and with a thermal resistance of typically above 3 K.m2/W, and with minimal air leakage, this technology saves more energy than uninsulated masonry.
Greater acoustic performance
When compared with the standard fibreglass and drywall solution, ICF results in around double the sound absorption properties.
However, because of the nature of ICF, despite it being up to ten times stronger than a wooden frame you can only achieve limited spans with it, so our engineers specified a steel frame in the Snooty Mehmaan’s design. This solution gave us the advantages of the strength and span benefits of steel along with the thermal performance of the overall envelope and the zero-carbon benefits of the ICF.
We are pleased to say the specifications and benefits met the brief, and we are hoping to complete the project for Summer 2019.
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