We’re in a changing environment with the current economy, stagnation took hold in the building construction world over the past few years right when “Green” was becoming an every-day word and heard in every published article. ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) construction has been secretly around since before “Green” became a trend and well before “Green” fell to the wayside when all companies began tightening their bootstraps, yet ICF was destined to be the poster child for “Green” construction, especially in the hotel industry.
Here we are in 2013, robust construction taking hold again in the hospitality industry, yet “Green” is really called “Fiscally Responsible” now, and guess what? ICF construction is that poster child for construction too!
- More cost-effective
- Better fire resistance
- Easier to construct (even in inclement weather)
- More dependable
- Higher energy efficiency
- Less reliant on heavy equipment
- More mildew and mold resistant
- Higher indoor air quality
- More temperate environment
- Better sound quality
Gulp. All this? For nearly identical overall costs? Add in the future operating cost reductions and you have a recipe that your accountant will love!
Several hotel chains currently have ICF construction in their fleet:
- Candlewood Suites
- Comfort Inn
- Drury Inn
- Hampton Inn
- Holiday Inn / Express
We at New Avenue Architects and Engineers have worked directly with the ICF industry since 1994, even before ICF was accepted as standard construction in the model international building codes. Yet we worked closely with suppliers, contractors, and interested building officials to ensure ICF building designs exceeded codes and other “old school” construction methods which today cannot meet current energy code requirements; whereas, ICF still exceeds these without any modifications. We at New Avenue have both engineers and architects who live and breathe energy efficiencies with electric cars, high efficient A/C systems (SEER 14+), Nest thermostats in the office and at home, all while serving on our local Green Building Initiative, Habitat for Humanity and Food Bank Construction Committees. We want to make a difference in the lodging industry as well.
To learn more about ICF Construction or if you have any general questions regarding Architectural or engineering needs please don’t hesitate to call one of the principals at New Avenue Architects and Engineers in Columbus, Ohio such as Robert W. Miller, PE, CPBD at 614-884-8888.