Exterior Insulation System Skins are very strong and resilient

STRENGTH OF SHOCK ABSORBING INSULATION LAYER For a layperson who has not personally experienced wall insulation systems like EIFS (Exterior Insulation & Finishing System) or ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork), the thought would be one of an impossibility. “How can a soft exterior insulation layer survive abrasive human traffic situations?” “How can such a layer survive the high impact […]

A crash course in designing an energy-efficient building

Energy efficiency is one of the most important aspects of green building design. The following are some basic terms that one needs to comprehend before going any further in understanding “Building Insulation” or assessing “Thermal Insulation” of a building.  k VALUE /κ VALUE = THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY is the amount of heat that will go across a meter thickness […]

Stop Global Warming with Sustainable Buildings

Besides warming up the earth’s surface temperature, Global warming impacts us in deeper and more sinister ways like glacier and snowcap melting resulting in rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, crop failures, floods, cyclones, and other “natural” disasters which are man-made because the fundamental cause for this unpredictable weather pattern is man-made ‘global warming”. Let’s […]

ICF Buildings are very strong

ICF buildings have concrete walls and are therefore very strong. However, in India, most buildings have concrete frame structures. Hence there is confusion regarding comparisons derived from the USA & Canada, where comparative analysis is with a wood-framed building. One may say that such comparisons may not be valid in the Indian context as ICF […]