Amvic Ireland launches passive standard ICF system
Amvic Ireland, long-known for its dual-insulated concrete formwork (ICF), has announced the launch of its new ultra-energy efficient wall system for passive-standard buildings.
“The building regs require you to achieve the NZEB standard and we’ve been achieving that without any difficulty for the last three years, using our existing Amvic 300 system,” said Pat Martin, director of Amvic Ireland.
Now the company has gone one further: Amvic 350 Passive is an ICF system aimed squarely at passive house development, delivering a wall U-value of 0.15.
“We’ve been operating for the last fifteen years, supplying both self-builder and developers with our ICF system. Our current product, Amvic 300, has 75 mm of insulation on the outside, a 150 mm concrete core and 75 more mm of insulation on the inside.” Amvic’s systems bring top class energy efficiency benefits due to their use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation, both internally and externally.
“We’ve just launched a new product that takes the insulation to the next level. We call it Amvic 350 Passive, comprising 100 mm of insulation either side of the 150 mm concrete core, all in high-density enhanced EPS,” Pat Martin said.
Apart from the energy performance, he said that on-site work is aided greatly by reducing the need for wet trades, among other benefits.
“It forms the basis for a passive building. Any chosen finish can be applied, such as render, or brick or stone cladding, timber or metal – whatever is called for by the architect.”
He said that the system beats light frame systems due to its flexibility and the lack of long lead times.
“Our ICF is very simple to build and available ex-stock, meaning there is no waiting around for design and manufacture, plus it has all of the other benefits of Amvic ICF including fire resistance, structural strength, acoustic performance, and rapid build and simplicity.”