ICF build in County Roscommon

Mel McGerr of Co Roscommon chose Insulating Concrete Formwork (ICF), an insulation sandwich filled with poured concrete, for the peace of mind of a thermal-bridge-free build.

In this article we cover:

  • Reasons for choosing ICF
  • Detailing of the key elements
  • Mix of contractor and direct labour build to save costs
  • Details of external wall finish
  • Choice of heating and hot water system
  • Top tips to stay on budget
  • Full supplier list

Plot size: ¾ acre
House size: 2,500 sqft
BER: A3


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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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