Insulating Concrete and Greener Buildings

2/24/2017

LOGIX is Net-Zero ready. Combined with cost-effective renewable energy generation LOGIX is the solution to building commercially viable net-zero homes in the future. Today's LOGIX homes outperform existing building codes and routinely reduce energy bills by half. Learn about the key components of a LOGIX net zero home, and download our white paper for even more information.  We have lots of resources here on building with ICF including our LOGIX installation guide and training video. You can also find downloadable software and apps (for iPhone and Android) for estimating, and an up-to-date list of supporting products such as exterior finishes, connection systems and footings.  

Whether the home you build features a LOGIX XtraComfort basement or the whole home benefits from XtraComfort efficiency, the end result is a greener, more comfortable home that is resistant to frost, cracks, mold and pests, and is less expensive to heat and sometimes even to insure. While the cost of building a LOGIX XtraComfort home may be slightly more than traditional construction methods, living costs are often lower, because of the savings in energy costs.

Home construction using ICF can be a DIY job, provided the installer is knowledgeable about construction methods; that is, someone who is handy and well-informed to do wood frame construction is certainly capable of building walls that are straight and plumb with ICF. Someone with little to no skills in this area would be well advised to hire a professional installer for his ICF project. In either case, we recommend receiving Basic Installer Training and on-site support for the first LOGIX installation project. We hold training events on an ongoing basis.  Whether you already have your house plans, or just some dreams, it's not too late to think LOGIX. Almost any plan can be configured for ICF. Starting here, you can view thousands of designs and purchase a set of house plans that incorporates ICF construction, or have your existing plans modified to take full advantage of all that insulated concrete form construction has to offer. Learn about our Switch to LOGIX rebate.  

Contact us today for more information about:

  • Net Zero Home Design
  • Building with ICF
  • ICF Home Construction
  • Designing an ICF Home
  • Concrete Wall Forms
  • ICF Forms
  • ICF Blocks
  • Concrete Forms
  • Insulated Concrete Forms
  • ICF Construction
  • Insulating Concrete Forms

Our High Performance Commercial Buildings are also green, healthy and energy efficient. LOGIX is the leading Insulated Concrete Form system in North America. With a superior R-value built into its DNA, and a choice of web type, foam type, cavity thickness and panel thickness, LOGIX gives you the freedom to create an airtight building envelope today for the quality of thermal performance that will be expected tomorrow.

Virtually any home design can be built with Logix concrete wall forms rather than conventional methods. The ICF system handles six construction steps in one package: the concrete, steel reinforcement, insulation, air barrier, vapor barrier and furring strips. This means you'll build faster, and lighter. In addition, the walls in your Logix XtraComfort Home will be have an effective R-value of R25. Higher R-value levels an be achieved by upgrading to Logix Platinum Series (R28) or using the Logix D-Rv Panell (up to R37). Your new home built with Logix concrete forms will deliver monthly savings in heating, cooling, maintenance and even insurance costs.  For cost information on construction using ICF forms, we invite you to contact a LOGIX distributor, who can assist you with pricing information for our complete range of LOGIX products, with budgeting for a specific construction project, or with preparing quantity take-off's from your working drawings. Alternatively, check out our One Minute Estimator, which is available online or as an app for your mobile device. You can find your local distributor from the menu above, or by contacting us at 888-415-6449.   

A steel-reinforced concrete core enveloped in thick, continuous foam panels and assembled as easily as giant "lego" blocks creates a wall assembly that is comfortably draft-free, insulated to R-25 (or higher), protected from fire, earthquakes and hurricanes, and sheltered from outside noise. This is ICF construction.

LOGIX walls combine six elements into one product -- concrete, rebar, insulation, air barrier, vapor barrier and furring -- simplifying the process of managing and co-ordinating both trades and vendors, and increasing efficiency on the job site. LOGIX is the easiest ICF product to install, delivering more profit and less pressure to the construction team.

ICF, or insulated concrete forms, are modular blocks that are used to create walls - solid, reinforced, pre-insulated, concrete walls that provide not only structural strength but also thermal mass. Their modular design makes them easy to install, while the interior cavity allows for the insertion of reinforcing steel during construction prior to being filled with concrete. Available accessory products such as panel systems, knockdown forms, corners, transitions and ledges make for a very adaptable design product.  Clearly insulation is a major factor in creating an energy efficient home. It is important to realize, though, that the complete wall assembly is more critical than the insulation alone. Consider that a wall built with insulated concrete forms is more energy efficient than an insulated wood frame wall with an equivalent R-value (requiring 44% less energy to heat). The reason? Well, there are three: air tightness, thermal mass and continuous insulation. Learn more.  

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