There aren't many stories about SIPs or ICFs surviving
fires, but the few that have surfaced and from actual testing that has
been done, resistance to fire damage is impressive.
An undocumented report came out of the Laguna Hills
Fire in Southern California. It was claimed that the stick frame roof
had burned off the house, but the SIP walls remained intact.
SIP & ICF construction are "solid wall construction".
There are no voids and cavities where a fire can start, nor do they provide
air shafts that typically add the fuel to a fire that causes it to burn.
Tests have shown fires starting inside SIP and ICF structures actually
put themselves out for a lack of oxygen.
Comfort, Cleanliness and Security are the Exceptional
Properties of SIP & ICF
SIP & ICF Building Systems block heat & cold from escaping and/or entering through a wall or roof assembly. This directly relates to the "Solid Wall" and "Whole Wall" we've talked about in other parts of this site.
The comfort level of these structures greatly increases
due to even heating and cooling. Solid wall systems don't allow cold or
hot spots throughout a home.
You should "Build Tight and Ventilate Right" to
get the perfect balance. Cleanliness is achieved as the solid wall building
envelope forms an airtight shield that blocks outside elements
(dust, pollens, vehicle emissions, and so many other particulants)
through the exterior building envelope. Air to Air Heat
Exchangers are used to pull out moisture and other poor
quality air that off gases from our furniture,
rugs and appliances. These exchangers bring in filtered
Security has become one of our biggest concerns today.
Where do we want to feel the safest......Right at Home!
A SIP or ICF built home can provide you with a greater
level of security.