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The design team at SMP Architecture wanted to create a safe and secure, sustainable struction with low maintenance costs for the own. They chose ICF due to its inherent characteristics to handle high wind speeds, high energy efficiency, and flexible building products.
The main goal of this design was comfort and practical use. It houses up to 145 people and has additional space for music and worship, recreational activities, food preparation and dinning, and offices for administrative staff and volunteers.
Though they have not rated the energy efficiency of the new building they are anticipating to have achieved an annualized savings of 40% or better efficiency vs. CMU. While the building includes several overhanging roof and covered structures to canopy the multitude of fenestrations offering day-lighting, they also give the walkway occupants protection from afternoon rain storms. ICF gave them the opportunity due to its designed wall strength and support attributes inherent with the flat wall reinforced concrete. The project was designed and built with many of the green building programs and guidelines in mind without actually costing the owner for processing any of these certifications.
Industrial Strength Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)