The global insulated concrete form (ICF) market is expected to witness a healthy CAGR of 14.23% during the forecast period, 2018 to 2023. Insulated concrete form or insulating concrete form (ICF) is a system of formwork for reinforced concrete, which is made with a rigid thermal insulation that stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior substrate for walls, floors, and roofs.
With rising number of building codes that promote energy-efficient structures, home builders and consumers are gradually moving toward building strategies that deliver performance and energy savings in the long run. One of the primary benefits of ICF is the continuous insulation on both sides of the wall. This mode of insulation greatly aids in eliminating thermal bridging and energy loss, while producing a higher R-value. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development report, ‘Costs and Benefits of Insulating Concrete Forms for Residential Construction, ICF wall constructions were found to provide around 20-25% savings in annual heating and cooling costs, as compared to similar wood-frame house constructions. Government initiatives by US and Canada are further boosting the demand for ICF.
By material type, polystyrene foam accounted for the largest market share in 2017 at around 90%. The segment is also expected to resister the fastest CAGR through 2023. Among polystyrene foams, expanded polystyrene (EPS) is the most widely used foam in the ICF construction sector. Its superior insulation, lightweight nature, excellent resistance to moisture and pests, ease of handling, and processability make it an ideal ICF material. More than 85% of ICFs worldwide utilize molded EPS foam. The United States and Canada are the largest markets for EPS-based ICF. Major manufacturers include NUDURA, Amvic, Airlite Plastics Company & Fox Blocks, and Logix ICF.
In 2017, North America dominated the global ICF market and is expected to witness the highest CAGR of 15.81% through the forecast period. North America was dominated by Canada in 2017. Brisk changes by the Canadian government in the national and regional building codes, to embrace the international commitments for reduced carbon footprint, are driving the demand for ICF in the region. The new energy code in Canada requires continuous below-grade insulation. Several concrete pump truck companies in Southern Alberta, report that more than 80% of new foundations in the region are built with ICF. In the United States, the municipal and state governments have largely adopted the ICF technology, to abide by the quicker construction timelines and long-term energy savings. Furthermore, there has been a growing demand for ICF from schools.
Major Players: Nudura Inc, Amvic Inc., Logix Insulated Concrete Forms Ltd., BuildBlock Building Systems, Airlite Plastics Company (FoxBlocks), LiteForm Technologies, IntegraSpec, BuildBlock, among others.
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