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ICF Tech - advanced construction technology

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17 Nov 2011

ICF Tech's system in conjunction with Sheerframe and Masterdor products have triumphed in the 2011 Housebuilder of the Year Awards.

The trio of low-carbon building products form the structural envelope of homes at Brookwood Farm – the acclaimed Code level 5 social and private housing development in Woking.  The scheme, by the William Lacey Group, won best low or zero carbon initiative at the Housebuilder of the Year Award which were presented by comedian Alexander Armstrong last week at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel in London.

In total there are twelve homes at Brookwood Farm of which ten are “affordable”.

The combination of ICF Tech walls, Sheerframe zero carbon HED windows and high performance Masterdor entrance doors, all designed and produced by the Derbyshire-based Litchfield Group of Companies, provides the structural framework on which the new homes’ code level performance is based.

Litchfield Group managing director James Litchfield said: “There’s still plenty of talk in the industry about the best ways to meet zero carbon specifications.  Our system is already helping to deliver new homes to this standard.

“The fundamental principle to successful delivery is getting the envelope fabric right, and that means well thermally insulated walls, windows and doors which allows for the application of green technologies to enhance the building’s performance.”

The three-step building system from The Litchfield Group, which brings together the proven technologies of thermally superior ICF Tech walls, Sheerframe windows and Masterdor doors for the building envelope, is easy to construct, even in challenging weather conditions.

Walls can be clad or faced to look exactly like a standard red brick and block construction from the outside but they’re dual skinned with ICF Tech’s insulating concrete form walls, which offer U-values as low as 0.11 W/m2K, air infiltration performance which meets Code level 6 standards, and a Y value as low as 0.013.

Sheerframe PVC windows with a low 0.8 W/m2K U-value and Masterdor door sets – which are all UK-designed and manufactured specifically for British homes - integrate perfectly with the walls to maximise thermal efficiency, air tightness and security.

Read more about The Litchfield Group's three-step integrated envelope at Brookwood Farm in this case study.