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Building a house from concrete blocks

by Chris Lang on February 9, 2008

Speaking of concrete houses, I was under impression that ZEGO offers a unique solution – but actually that they have many competitors.

All of them offer ICF – insulated concrete forms – as a building system. Here’s the list of the first ones I found:

Thermacell

Insulbrick

Formcrft

Eco-block

From their websites I learned about additional advantages of this kind of building. Apart from being energy efficient (because it is better insulated) and easy made plumbing/electrical works (no need to drill in concrete), the house is also fire-rated (has much better chance to survive a fire), termite-proof, has better acoustics (as in sound-proof), won’t crack and all of that adds to its resale value.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

John Mowatt December 2, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Insulated concrete forms are a great idea that works.However the cost is still too high for a lot of uses.JM.

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Sheffield Concrete Services December 28, 2008 at 3:17 am

Yes, ICF has been used in the US for over 30 years as I understand it. The energy efficency is superior than other forms, but as you say still way to expensive for general house building.

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Scott February 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Hi John, cost was not an issue with Thermacell. These guys have been around for 25 years and their quote was like $9,000 less for Im told a superior mainstream product anyway. Thermacell was just great to us and they are everywhere.

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Terry February 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm

We too have built with Thermacell and it was an very good product.

We used the 200mm and 150mm and both were a dream to build with.

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