Technology enables low energy bills, and a signature look.
The goal of this project was to deliver an attractive home combining curb appeal with exceptional high-performance building technologies. The resulting Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) house requires very little energy to heat in the winter and cool in the summer, while providing an airy living and studio space for the professional photographer and graphic designer who calls it home. In addition to energy efficiency, the airtight ICF structure offers increased protection from fire, severe weather, and sound. The project includes a sprung floor, multiple ceiling planes and a hand-formed, standing seam metal roof.
Typical ICF construction is illustrated and described in the progressive slides below. Cast-in-place concrete walls are sandwiched between interlocking insulation forms, and connected with steel reinforcing rods. Continuous insulation on both sides of the wall virtually eliminates thermal bridging and energy loss. ICF methodology often exceeds building codes in areas prone to hurricanes and flooding.