RWA Architects has received the 1st Runner Up Unlimited Residential Award from ICF Builder Magazine. This national award, presented at the World of Concrete Expo in Las Vegas on February 3, 2016, recognizes innovative use of insulating concrete forms (ICF’s) in both residential and commercial construction throughout North America. ICF’s are a structural wall system consisting of two layers of foam insulation which serve as the formwork for poured in place reinforced concrete. The insulating forms remain in place creating thick, durable exterior walls with exceptional thermal performance and sound reduction properties.
Out of 58 submissions from across the nation in 7 categories, RWA was recognized for a new, custom, single-family residence located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The jurors were drawn to the beauty and sophistication of the design along with the creative use of ICF’s for not only the exterior walls, but the home theater enclosure, steam shower, and wine cellar. The homeowners expressed a desire for an heirloom home with “good bones” that would last for generations. The durability and energy savings potential of ICF construction proved to be an excellent choice to satisfy that desire. Additional sustainable measures include a sealed attic with spray foam insulation, LED lighting, and geothermal heating and cooling system.
Inside the home, the attributes that only an ICF construction can provide include thick walls, accented paneled jambs or deep plaster window returns, and an unusually quiet interior environment enhance the sense of timeless quality. The home features outdoor rooms and roof terraces of stone paving on structural ICF slabs that overlook and access the swimming pool and recreational areas of the estate. Situated in a community of luxury estate homes, this ICF residence makes a statement that stick framing is not the only way to build a home of this magnitude.