Insulated Concrete Forms Portugal
Insulated Concrete Form Portugal
What if you can have your own home built for you, quicker construction time, the finished house costs less to heat or cool, it is stronger by design, has great acoustic qualities and costs you no more than you would pay for normal concrete construction. Sounds interesting?
Well, that is what we are offering here at P.P.Property.
Using a combination of proven building methods and materials, plus modern heat recovery ventilation systems, we can deliver a turn-key solution managed from the ground up.
The walls will have insulation inside and out with a minimum of 5cm of Neopor on either side, this is achieved by using ICF (insulated concrete form). These formers are then filled with steel and concrete ensuring that your house will be very strong.
For roofs and ceilings there are a variety of methods used depending on the design of your house, but be assured that they all go way beyond current norms.
We do insist that the windows are of a high standard, there is no point in making super-efficient walls and low-quality windows, but this does not limit you in terms of style or colour.
If you have existing plans/architects drawings send them to us and we will give you a quotation.
So let us examine the above statements
- quicker construction time using ICF, your construction time is dramatically reduced. Your house is built out of Neopor construction blocks 1 metre long. They go together very fast, once up other stages of the construction are also faster, chasing out for your electrics and plumbing is faster, you can bury pipework in the walls for ventilation or some conduits can also be buried in the wall.
- The finished house costs less to heat or cool, By insulating with Neopor inside and out and filling the 15cm void with concrete you are forming a very thermic barrier between the inside of your house and the elements, combine this with a heat recovery system and you are left with a very efficient house indeed. Of course, your windows have to be of a good thermal standard to take full advantage with this.
- It is stronger by design In Portugal, it is necessary to build with a structure, normally concrete rafts, pillars and decks are used, this is a very strong construction method but our way is a lot stronger, instead of having lots of pillars all able to create a single point of failure all of the walls become the structure, there is no single point of failure and it is much stronger for it. Also, the chance of structural cracks due to settling is vastly reduced, in fact, it is extremely unlikely.
- Has great acoustic qualities Having all of you walls made from Neopor means that sound is greatly absorbed, there is much less echo than a traditional house, also sound hast to travel through 10 cm of Neopor plus 15cm of solid concrete, the result is obvious to all.
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So what is Neopor?
it is a polystyrene that has been infused with graphite, the graphite reflects radiant heat and helps the polystyrene absorb energy. It also has the added bonus of making the polystyrene easier to fabricate, making the process more accurate. When we discuss how well insulation works we use what is called the R-Value, the R-Value of EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) is around 3.6 which is very good in comparison to most insulating products, but Neopor has an R-Value of 5. That is a significant difference. It also makes it the most cost effective insulating layer. A typical new build home in Portugal will have about 60% of the insulation we are offering.
Of course increasing the thickness of the EPS will achieve the same results and depending on the design of your property we will soon have other systems at our disposal that do just that.