A brief(-ish) history of ICF

2 storey ICF building

The Insulating concrete form or insulated concrete form (ICF) of today is a system of formwork for reinforced concrete made with rigid thermal insulation that stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior substrate for walls, floors, and roof. The forms are interlocking modular units that are dry-stacked (without mortar) like Lego blocks and filled with concrete. These […]

Beautifying buildings with EPS

  When we think of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), no one automatically associates it with beauty. It does seem, after all, like a hunk of white foam only. But what if I told you that this very hunk of white could be a more economical replacement for conventional facade elements, architectural ornaments, shading overhangs, or facade […]

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 […]

Best face forward: How EPS-based façades are revolutionizing building exteriors

  Finalizing building façade designs and then executing them is not the easiest of tasks. Buildings are mostly based on frame structures with infill / partition walls. The usage of different materials and their differential diurnal expansions-contractions lead to gaps between frame and walls, leading to moisture ingress and air infiltration.Apart from the above-mentioned functional […]

What is the best material for elevation design ?

You may be surprised to know that best possible facade design material for homes is Self Extinguishing or Construction Grade EPS or Expanded Polystyrene. This may come as a surprise but because of great qualities as part of a composite, these days EPS is one of the most popular Facade design material internationally. These qualities […]