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Southwick Inc. offers a turnkey product ready for the installation of trusses, windows, and doors. This is priced on an individual basis, and cost will vary depending on the wall height, corners, angle walls, etc.

We will be happy to provide bids for your floor plans. This can be taken from the standard floor plans for structures designed with wood frame or concrete block construction.

Typical ICF construction utilizes wood, PVC, or steel buck that remain in the openings. Southwick's turnkey installation program utilizes removable forms which makes it possible to bring the cost of most homes or structures close to the cost of concrete block. This is due to the elimination of the systems not needed or reduction in equipment cost due to the increased values and strength of ICF Construction.

Subcontractors often want to increase their cost because of the problems they have heard about or have experienced with the other ICF products on the market. We at Southwick have worked hard with the different trades to educate them about  ICF Construction. In most cases there is no increase in cost over concrete block or wood frame construction and often they will find our system will save them time.

We are available to meet with your subcontractors either before or during the construction to answer questions or solve problems as they surface.

Southwick is a distributor for all of the tools and accessories needed to work with our product.
 

Environmental Facts
  • Reduces energy costs
  • Uses recycled materials whenever possible
  • Uses no CFCs or HCFCs / Emits no fumes or gasses
  • Energy Star Home rating
  • Qualifies for Energy-Efficient Mortgages
  • Improves indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • Reduces mold problems
  • Minimizes construction wastes to three percent or less
  • Reward Walls is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and contributes to its LEED program

 

Reduction in Energy Costs
ICF buildings consistently reduce monthly utility costs over the life of the structure. In turn, the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system can be sized appropriately to reap even more savings.

Manufacturing & Recycling
From the initial manufacturing of our ICF product to the construction site to finished structure,
ICF is designed system and process to be kind to the environment. In addition to manufacturing under environmentally clean conditions, ICF walls are 50 percent more efficient to ship and handle than other ICFs.

ICF walls reduce the pressure on precious natural resources by replacing lumber used in frame construction, with an environmentally clean product. No CFCs, HCFCs or other ozone-depleting substances are used or released during any process. Manufacturing waste is negligible and construction waste is also minimal. By weight, 40% of the Reward Walls ICF’s are made from recycled material.

Energy Star
ICF homes have been rated as Energy Star Homes by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This qualifies some home buyers for the FHA’s Energy-Efficient Mortgage Program.

Energy Star, a government-backed rating program, helps businesses and individuals protect the environment by promoting superior energy efficiency.

Qualified homes are independently verified to be significantly more energy-efficient than homes built using traditional construction practices. Savings are based on heating, cooling and hot water energy use. Additionally, homes that meet Energy Star’s standards improve structural quality and reduce both energy demand and air pollution. The program also encourages the use of energy-efficient lighting and appliances, as well as features designed to improve indoor air quality.

Energy Efficient Mortgage
The FHA has created an Energy-Efficient Mortgage (EEM) program to help achieve national energy-efficiency goals, reduce pollution and provide better housing for people who might not otherwise be able to afford it. First, the home must be evaluated according to the Home Energy Rating System, which requires a home to exceed energy codes by 30 percent. The Home Energy Rating system awards stars on a scale of one to five.
ICF homes typically receive five stars, earning the designation of an Energy Star Home. In turn, this qualifies certain buyers for the Energy-Efficient Mortgage.

This program allows buyers of energy-efficient homes to qualify for up to a five percent stretch in their debt-to-income ratio due to lower monthly utility costs. FHA-approved lending institutions, which include banks, savings and loan institutions and mortgage companies, can make EEM loans.

Optimal Interior Environment
Building with
ICF eliminates air infiltration through the wall assembly into a structure, which allows for greater control of a building’s interior air quality. There are no drafts or cold spots, thus greatly reducing the amount of fuel needed for heating and cooling.

Additionally, walls constructed with Insulated Concrete Forms dramatically reduce outside noise pollution. The result is a quiet and peaceful living environment.

Mold and Moisture-Resistant
The
ICF Concrete Walls provide a building envelop that is both airtight and resistant to water infiltration. The inorganic nature of the ICF means they do not support mold growth ensuring a superior indoor air quality free from unwanted allergens, pollutants and mold.

LEED
The
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a program of the U.S. Green Building Council, evaluates the total environmental performance of a building over its life cycle. Reward Walls systems contribute significantly towards the credits in several LEED certification areas.

 

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