Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
DLM are starting a very unique project on the south coast cliffs using insulated concrete formwork (ICF). ICF is a sacrificial polystyrene shutter that produces a very robust and thermally efficient structure to the building. It is a building method that is growing rapidly in popularity due to its speed of construction and benefits in sustainability as we move toward ‘zero carbon’ homes, think vastly reduced energy bills and minimal space-heating requirement.
In this instance the ICF system is manufactured by Charcon, a sister company of local firm Ronez, and is the first time this product has been used on Guernsey. DLM be working closely with Ronez to ensure a successful first project in the hope that it being used more extensively over the island.
The DLM team were fortunate enough to be invited to the UK by Charcon to see their ICF product in various stages of construction across 3 live projects, and were impressed with the standard and scope of the resulting builds.
Whilst we were there we also viewed a product called Hollow-Core. It has the benefits of being very robust and efficient structurally, and very fast to construct.
This project promises to be a very unique home that pushes conventional boundaries with the latest construction techniques.