The Insulating Concrete Form Association (ICFA) has honored 9 outstanding individual projects with its 2010-2011 Excellence Awards.
The ICFA Excellence Award is the premier industry recognition for the most innovative and noteworthy ICF projects of the year. Project categories include Commercial, Residential, and a Sustainability Award. The ICFA encourages applications from throughout the industry, including ICF manufacturers, distributors, contractors and developers and the design community. Projects must be completed (ready for occupancy) and must have been built within the last three years.
This year’s Excellence Awards winners demonstrate remarkable progress made in the ICF industry. Energy savings of over 50% were common. Passive solar was integrated into design, along with supplementary renewable energy for buildings. ICF construction provided the cornerstone for these savings by not only providing the solid thermal building evelope but also design opportunities due to the structural flexibility of ICFs, and fire and sound protection as well as resistance to storm winds.
Cascade Meadows is a state-of-the-art 16,000 sq ft science center that will be used for educational exhibits, classrooms, and local meeting space. It features an innovative storm water management system in the depleted wetlands that surround the building that will help to restore them to health. This restoration plan has already been adopted and 7 different types of wetlands communities have been identified for restoration. The entire design of the building was done with nature in mind; in fact the architecture draws inspiration from various forms of water, leafs, and local animals. The decision to use ICFs stems from the concept of the Bear, which depends on mass insulation.
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Hood River Middle School has been designed to achieve LEED Platinum levels of energy efficiency and uses cutting edge technology to produce a building that functions not only as a place to contain students, but as a scientific lab. The building uses ICF with brick veneer and precast accents to complement the Jacobethan style of the adjacent National Historic Register school building. The building design boasts a complex form that includes sloped gabled end walls, and an interior wall to the music room that becomes an exterior wall above. The music room needed to be acoustically isolated from other spaces, making ICF an ideal material for the walls. Students have been involved in the design phase from day one, and worked with many of the professionals side by side on the planning. This school is a showcase for what a public building is capable of.
The home builders wanted a sustainable home with a very contemporary urban appearance. A bright, open floor plan was very important to them. Every room in the house has natural daylight. This was accomplished with large windows on the front and rear elevations, skylights, and a rooftop penthouse that floods an open three story stair with light. The open floor plan and large window openings posed a structural challenge for sheer, which was able to be compensated for with additional rebar in the ICFs to create a rigid exterior frame.