Green Building with Benchmark Foam Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)
A new standard among home buyers is green living. A key element in green living is energy efficiency within several areas of the home. Homeowners are deciding it’s a better investment to buy or build an energy efficient home than spend the money on utility bills. One component of an energy efficient home is Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) from Benchmark Foam.
Benchmark ICFs achieve energy savings in several different ways. With two built-in layers of insulating foam, ICFs can lower utility costs by as much as 50 percent. They also minimize air movement through the solid concrete wall – keeping your warm and cool air where it belongs.
Benchmark ICFs offer up to an R-23 insulating value and give you the best R-Value per dollar spent. The expanded polystyrene (EPS) in Benchmark ICFs is also resistant to mold and mildew, making it an ideal long-term insulation solution.
One program created in recent years to help consumers build green is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Applying LEED rating systems and qualification standards, contractors can improve existing structures or build new LEED certified, energy efficient buildings.
Benchmark Foam offers a range of green products that qualify for LEED points, including ICFs. In new construction, LEEDS identifies energy savings as the most heavily weighted criteria. Benchmark ICFs are a prime example of earning points towards this category. To learn more about how Benchmark ICFs can qualify for green building programs, visit our “Environmentally Responsible” or “Benchmark ICF” webpages. Or call 800-658-3444 or 605-886-8084 today.
Qualify for Federal Tax Credits with Benchmark Foam
Benchmark Foam’s EPS qualifies for up to $1500 under the “Insulation” (rigid board) category. To find our Manufacturer’s Certification Statement, click here. We offer several different options on how to complete your form.
Homeowners applying for the tax credit must keep the form and any receipts with their income tax records, but do not submit the form with their taxes.
For more information, call Al Hendricks at 800-658-3444 or 605-886-8084 today.