The Concrete House

The Concrete House

Building Solid, Safe and Efficient With Insulating Concrete Forms

Book - 2007
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Prospective homeowners will welcome this introduction to a durable, energy-efficient new building technology: insulating concrete forms (ICFs). Written by a top expert in the field, and organized in an accessible question-and-answer form, it will help homebuyers decide whether an ICF is right for them and how to get the most for their money. Every aspect of planning and construction is covered, from exactly what an ICF is to the intricacies of building a concrete house, from choosing a contractor to selecting a suitable design for the system. There's crucial advice on how to make sure construction goes smoothly, diagrams and photos to illustrate every point, beautiful ICF homes on display, and explanations of how these homes differ from conventional ones and why they cost less to maintain.
Publisher: New York : Sterling, c2007.
ISBN: 9781402736292
1402736290
Characteristics: 170 p. :,col. ill., maps (some col.) ;,27 cm.

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ben_zen
Oct 18, 2016

After slogging through painfully-simple questions such as "So with ICFs they build the house out of concrete?" in the first chapter, through being told that for any serious questions, the reader should simply let the experts take care of it, I was left feeling entirely cheated out of details.

A discussion of R-values, the degree to which a material resists the transfer of heat, turns into equivocation on the differences between types of insulation; meanwhile, there's no mention of approaches to reduce heating costs, and the author alternately says "it won't save you that much" and "it can halve your fuel bill!"

This book feels more like an attempt at landing a sale, than explaining a construction method.

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drake78
Jan 31, 2011

I didn't really care for the way this book was written. It was more of an FAQ type format on ICF applications. It went into very little detail on the actual construction process. If you're interested in building your own ICF house, go take a course from the form suppliers.

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