Our Superior Quality Insulated Perimeter Walls help preserve Heat / Cold energy similar to a Thermos®


DeVicci ICF Blocks where Thermal Bridge is absent, demand far less energy to control the inner Home climate.

Our blocks were designed & developed in the harsh climate of Canada 00c-canadian-flag-620x310 following these essential courses.

 

Academic Studies, Certifications, Experience and R&D:

 

Aviation Maintenance; Course studies & practical applications performed on site at  “École Nationale d’Aérotechnique” Collège Montpetit campus facilities, Visit them here: ecole-nationale-daerotechnique Topics of Aircraft envelope analysis. Ground to Air / Air to Ground Thermal Shock.
Further studies of Condensation, Micro Infiltration detection & Infrared Inspection surveys were to be performed by using various FLIR tools.

RBQ Licensed Contractor: Former Licensed contractor in Quebec, Canada as a specialized ICF Builder for entire building structure & foundations. Visit the RBQ here RBQ Logo. Presently we outsource our construction projects to qualified 3rd party contractors.

Novoclimate 2 Accreditation: This agency governs Energy Efficiency + HVAC for controlled temperature & humidity levels, mold prevention and more, they regulate home builders. They require builders to follow stringent regulations in order to procure optimal health conditions for the occupants. Visit them here logo_quebec
Certified IR Thermographer: Owner of a FLIR T440Bx flir-t440bx-thumb infrared camera with Meterlink which is specifically designed for building diagnostics and other Infrared tools. We passed the Infrared Training Center course and obtained a “Level I” ITC Certification. More about FLIR here flir-logo. T440Bx Spec sheets. Our use of the Infrared technology is for the detection of air Infiltration / exfiltration, water infiltrations, pipe leaks, Electrical anomalies, Thermal Bridges and various other Building Diagnostics. Visit the Infrared Training Center here itc-logo

 

Additional building expertise knowledge and data collection was performed on location in the Carribean & European climates.

 

Here are some “Real Life” examples of Thermal Heat loss via Thermal Bridge & the true value of ICFs

Heat loss from a poorly insulated wooden Home structure
This Infrared image tells us that the insulation is very poor. You can see the Studs, the fibreglass bats are sagging, the foundations looks as if it’s not insulated from the inside, looking at the chimney the fireplace is active,  Question? Would you buy this house?
ICF Home vs regular wooden structure built Home
Over time regular fibreglass insulation loses R-Vaue, it accumulates humidity which results in dew point and frost point inside the walls.
ICF built homes keep the same R-Value over time. From day 1 to 100 years later energy efficiency will remain stable. The ICF insulation doesn’t condesate nor accumulate water droplets of humidity. Sealed walls make water & air infiltration impossible.
Concrete temperature inside walls (Canadian Winter)
This graphic shows that there is a small amount of Thermal Bridging happening over time. Under extremely cold conditions of mid January, the inner concrete did cool down over a 10 day period but never reached the freezing point. This data chart was taken from an ECO-Block construction of which the ICF panel thickness is 2.5″ per side (total of 5″)

Due to the softness of the ICF Panels, once assembled the walls are “Wobbly” therefore they require bracing / shoring equipment & extra man hours for prep work and tear down.

Once the concrete is poured inside the ICF panels, they require added work to align / straighten the walls.

This operation must be performed within a short time window (+/- 1 hour) before the curing of the concrete occurs.

When that time windows expires, walls become impossible to re-align.

DeVicci Blocks don’t have those constraints & issues. Thanks to their Rigid Shell, the top of the walls are braced in place by the Joists and are aligned straight before pouring the concrete.