Its a hazy day in Ojai and a perfect 72 degrees for pouring the 2nd floor walls of this custom ICF home. ICF – or insulated concrete forms – have been used for many years but due to our lovely climate, they haven’t been that popular in Southern California. But ! they make sense for a number or reasons
- Incredible insulation – not only super tight with an envelope of foam on the inside and the outside but the 8 inch concrete core provides dense thermal mass
- Fireproof ? who knows what is actually fireproof but the military have bomb tested ICF buildings
- Insects don’t like it – no food (cellulose ie wood)
- Solid – this home sits at the top of a mountain overlooking the Pacific and 6500 foot mountains
In this photo you can see the boom pump we use to install the concrete into the walls.