FAQs: ICF Issues
The main disadvantage in the UK is the lack of Architects and Structural Engineers that have the necessary experience to provide working drawings
Some mortgage lenders are reluctant to provide mortgages on any .Modern Method of Construction and ICF is unfortunately bracketed in this collective name for completely different systems even though it has been used with great success for over 40 years.
ICF is easy to use if the Builder has all the necessary drawings and takes the time to plan the installation in detail. This ensures the ICF installation sequence is optimised and integrated with the scaffolding installation to maximise construction safety at the least cost.
The primary risk in ICF construction is movement of the forms or a “blowout” when the concrete is being poured. This can all be avoided by good planning.
Factors essential to choosing the best ICF block product include the quality of the blocks, manufacturer support, availability, code compliance, easy installation, and energy-efficiency and most importantly – what is covered in the BBA certificate.