Although you will think of your finished house as a timber frame home, there is more to your Riverbend home than just the timber structure. We incorporate Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) with the timber framing to create a complete shell which is strong, enduring, and energy efficient. This envelope is comprised of products which are all part of the PFB corporate family of building solutions - including Advantage ICFs, Insulspan SIPs and Riverbend Timber Framing. Using products designed to work together means your home will be constructed more efficiently and have a tighter energy envelope once completed.
Advantage brand ICFs are designed to create foundations and walls which integrate the strength of concrete and the energy-efficient nature of EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam. An ICF is a solid EPS form with polypropylene webs molded into the EPS insulation, leaving space for concrete to be poured. After the concrete sets, the foam remains and provides insulation on both the exterior of your wall or foundation and the interior of your home. The concrete, which naturally conducts heat and cold, is no longer able to alter the temperature of your interior space. Learn more about Advantage ICFs.
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The reason you want to build a timber frame home is not for the structural nature of timbers, but because of the beauty that those exposed beams and trusses provide. Because we know our products best, we understand how to design a complete building structure to meet your design goals as well as your budget and energy needs. When we design the structure of your home we utilize all of our building materials to find the best combination to construct your home. Some timbers may stand alone, while others are actually designed to sit atop an ICF or SIP wall.
Insulspan SIPs are highly efficient panels made by laminating OSB (oriented strand board) on two sides of a large solid core of EPS (expanded polystyrene) insulation. This sandwich panel can be manufactured at sizes up to 8' x 24' and cut precisely to house windows and doors as well as unique angles and roof systems. The Insulspan SIPs substitute for 2x6 boards and inefficient fiberglass normally used in construction. Not only does your home gain an amazing ability to maintain consistent temperatures at a lower energy cost, but construction speed is also increased, due to the panelized form of construction. Learn more about Insulspan SIPs.
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