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Designing an ICF home

Energy efficiency and speedy build times are the headline benefits of using insulating concrete formwork – but many architects also favour this system because of its design flexibility, says Emily Brooks
Durisol blocks (made from wood cement, with a concrete core) were used for the ground floor of this build in Shorehamby- Sea, by ABIR Architects. The walls were clad with gabions, their stones making the building melt into its surroundings

Although the technology behind it is more than 50 years old, ICF (insulating concrete formwork) is just hitting its stride in the UK. Its key benefits – a quick, allweather build, and impressive thermal performance – make it a good fit with most self builders’ preoccupations. But how do you create an ICF home that maximises these advantages and brings some appealing design flair?

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The April edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A stunning oak frame lodge in a woodland setting (page 22) • How to build a healthy home (page 58) • Upgrading your home's insulation (page 68) • Dealing with planning rejections (page 111) • How to get realistic quotes (page 115) … and more!