If you talk to average people in the United States and ask them to define the word technology, you will usually hear something that refers to computers. In today's world a "computer" is the only technology most of us think about. But, the word technology really means "new", "improvement", or "innovation." In humankind's ancient history, the wheel was once modern technology. Thus, technology for home building does not necessarily mean the installation of a wireless network to run a variety of computer devices. A good example of technology in home construction is building a house using insulated concrete forms.
This revolutionary way to use concrete to build a home can be used from the literal bottom of the house to the top. An insulated concrete forms foundation creates a solid base for a home to be built upon. The foundation has the necessary concrete core giving the home immense strength, and it is well insulated so the basement of the home will be extremely comfortable for the homeowners to use.
The insulated concrete forms construction can continue as the house is built up from the foundation. Walls can be made of concrete instead of the old fashion wood studs. This will give the home amazing strength. Also, because the forms are created with polystyrene blocks the home will be extremely well insulated. Plus, the concrete polystyrene foam combination will help secure the home from outside noises. The strength, energy efficiency, and sound deadening quality of an ICF home are all making people look to contractors who understand this construction.
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The contractors who are ICF builders like the ease and versatility this type of construction gives them. Because the polystyrene foam blocks that make the forms can be engineered and manufactured to almost any specification, the type of home being built is not a concern, and the exact manufacturing process of the blocks means less waste at the construction site. The homes assemble quickly and efficiently; the concrete is poured into the forms; the concrete seals itself to the forms, and the wall is structurally complete.