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Fireproof ICF's - Insulated Concrete Forms
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined--averaging more than 3,700 people--plus another 20,000 injured--every year in the last decade. Direct property loss due to fires in 2006 is estimated at $11.3 billion. Fortunately, homes and buildings made from insulating concrete forms (ICFs) offer exceptional protection from the flames.
The Aledort residence in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., endured a literal baptism of fire during last fall's firestorms near San Diego. The fires destroyed more than 2,000 homes, but the Aledort residence survived unscathed, thanks in large part to its fireproof ICF walls.
In most areas of the United States, the greatest threat to homes and commercial structures is not hurricanes and tornadoes, but wildfire.
Fire Safe Homes: Technology at Its Best!
Nationwide forest fires have recently taken tremendous tolls on woodland communities. From Deadwood, South Dakota to areas throughout California and Arizona, thousands of homeowners were evacuated as forest fires consumed their homes and businesses.
Now home and business owners must focus on rebuilding what was lost. This time, however, they will not be building stick-frame structures. Instead, they will build with Earth Friendly Block (EF BlockTM).
EF BlockTM is a revolutionary building material which, in raw form, holds a minimum five-hour fire rating – and is virtually fireproof. Perhaps Arizona’s best kept secret, fire-resistant insulated concrete forms (ICFs) are not new to the market. With over 9,000 structures built in Arizona alone, it has established itself as the building material of choice for those seeking the best.
Fire-resistant ICF consumers include the Phoenix Fire Department, Arizona Fish & Game, U.S. Marine Corps, multiple Indian Nations, the City of Scottsdale, religious organizations, and the list goes on. All chose this product for its superior performance and competitive price.
EF BlockTM is not only fire resistant, it’s earthquake resilient, termite and rodent resistant, 700% stronger than wood-frame construction, and surpasses the thermal performance of virtually all other building materials – saving energy dollars!
The real bonus of EF BlockTM, however, is it’s made from 87% recycled materials and 13% Portland cement. The manufacture of the product reduces waste heading to the landfills and helps save the timberland for future generations.
As recent headline news demonstrate, wildfires are a very real part of our lives. With the loss of so many homes and businesses, consumers do well to think outside the wood-frame box and build with EF BlockTM.
Michael Naill, LEED AP, offers the following testimony on EF BlockTM:
High insulated value and thermo mass contribute to reduced energy costs and therefore reduced carbon emissions. By building with sustainable materials we extend the life cycle of our homes, thus reducing the demand on limited resources and adding value.
Indoor Environmental Quality:
By using 87% recycled foam we eliminate most off gassing, and by helping to create an air tight envelope we control air infiltration and indoor air quality. By controlling heat gain we are able to manage thermo comfort. EF BlockTM additionally cuts down on outside noise, termites, and fire spread.
By manufacturing locally we support the local economy. By using recycled foam we are able to save valuable resources and the eco systems. Additionally we are able to cut down on materials entering the landfill.
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