13) Recycled Foam and Cement Composites in Insulating Concrete Forms (USA, 2002)

Dr. Richard Boser, Mr. Tory Ragsdale, Charles Duvel – Illinois State University, Illinois

ABSTRACT: The benefits of insulating concrete forms (ICF) as an alternative to traditional concrete wallsand above grade wood frame construction are discussed. ICF systems include recycled materials and cement composites to meet specific construction challanges to provide a environment friendly product. The advantages of insulating concrete forma (ICF) included improved sound attenuation, resistance to the structure and damage from the flying debris. It was found that the recycled and composite materials in insulating (ICF) had shortcomings of virgin foam for insect infestation and supported the goal for sustainibility in building materials.