The basics of ICF

Before you choose ICF as a building method in Ireland, consider the basics: how it complies with regulations and how it impacts on your design and build costs.

In this article we cover:

  • What is insulating concrete formwork (ICF)
  • Typical timeline for an ICF build from start to finish
  • How it compares in cost with traditional masonry construction
  • The layers in ICF
  • How does ICF comply with regulations
  • How does ICF impact on your design and where it can save you money
  • Mortgage and insurance considerations

Daithi McGourty

Written by Daithi McGourty

Daithí is an architectural technologist working for MMA Architects, a practice located in Co Westmeath. He has over 20 years’ experience working on large scale commercial and residential projects, schools, private health care clinics, and one-off private dwellings. This guide is for information purposes only; professional guidance must be sought for your own specific project.

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