The Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) recently commissioned CLEB Laboratories (formerly known as Air-Ins Inc.) to conduct the first in a series of accredited whole wall thermal studies. This installment compared a 2” x 6” traditional insulated wood frame cavity wall to a standard 6 inch (150 mm) core insulating concrete form (ICF) wall. The study revealed these dramatic findings:
- At “steady state” the ICF wall provided 58% greater R-value and 43% energy-savings compared to the wood-frame wall.
- At “unsteady state”, both walls provided far greater R-value and lower energy consumption than they did at “steady state”.
- In this test, the ICF wall remained in “unsteady state” and provided the resultant additional R-value and energy savings for over 5x longer than the wood-frame wall did.
- The ICF wall remained in “unsteady state” longer than any other wall assembly ever tested by CLEB laboratories. In fact, the ICF wall remained in “unsteady state” for so long in the harsh test conditions, that it is unlikely that an ICF wall will ever reach “steady state” in most real world applications.
These break-through test results demonstrate the superior R-value of the ICF wall plus provide an important quantification of the “thermal mass” effect of ICFs.
To learn more about “steady state” and “unsteady state”, and to dig deeper into these important test results and their real-world implications:
View/download the Thermal Performance Report completed by CLEB Laboratories.
View/download the ICFMA press release.
View the webcast which explains all the concepts and test results in easy-to-understand, layman’s terms.
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A HERS rater for many years and Certified Passive House Consultant in New York State, homeowner Troy Hodas knew he wanted a quality built home for his family that didn’t compromise on comfort, indoor air quality or energy-efficiency. He also wanted a home that would last for generations to come.
Troy chose to build a high performance, net zero Logix XtraComfort™ Home, constructed with Logix Insulated Concrete Forms.
A Net Zero Energy home produces as much energy as it uses on an annual basis, depending on occupant behavior. In terms of technology, materials and efficiency standards, net zero homes are about 15 years ahead of where the building industry is today.
This single family, 2-story home with finished basement was constructed with Logix Platinum Series R-28 plus D-Rv R-8 insert panels, providing incredible R-36 walls. Logix Pro Buck™ was also used in all window and door openings for complete thermal stability within the home.
Well, the proof is in the pudding — recently at the Hodas home, the power went out for five hours while the temperature was a chilly 28 degrees F outside. The inside temperature of the home was 69.8 degrees F when the power went out and was an incredible 69.4 degrees when the power came on five hours later!
The Hodas Net Zero Logix XtraComfort™ Home has been submitted to the 2017 Logix Awards for Most Outstanding Small Residential Home. Click here to register to attend the free live webcast of the 2017 Logix Awards.