By using insulated concrete form materials and building them in conjunction with conventional concrete forms, insulated concrete structures can save you money on your energy bill and provide more space and safety for you and your family, a study says.
The study, by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University in London, looked at the energy costs of different types of insulated concrete building forms, including insulated concrete with a roof, insulated cement, insulated steel, and insulated concrete without a roof.
They also examined the energy benefits of building them on a residential lot or a commercial lot, where the insulation is used in conjunction the concrete.
The researchers found that insulated concrete formed on residential lots is a better energy-efficient building material than its concrete counterpart on commercial lots.
The researchers also found that using insulated cement on a commercial or residential lot would save energy and energy savings by up to 50 percent, while using the same cement on an industrial or industrial-sized lot would only save energy by 5 percent.
The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The most energy-effective building form, insulated stone, was found to save an average of 17 percent on energy and 33 percent on safety costs per square meter of space, according to the researchers.
Insulated concrete is also a better material than reinforced concrete for insulation, but reinforced concrete offers a higher-density, more stable building material, and a longer lifespan, the researchers said.
The scientists are still researching the best insulation material for insulating concrete forms on residential and commercial properties, and their study did not include the potential for insulation on buildings with open ground.