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Las Vegas Fire Stations Bet on ICF

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Las Vegas’ two newest fire stations are using insulating concrete forms (ICFs) to ensure safe, quiet and, most importantly, energy efficient quarters for the firefighters. According to reports, the bulk environmental footprint of a fire station is the energy consumed to heat and cool the structure. The ICF walls will reduce heating and cooling loads by 46 percent every month for the lifetime of the building and provide a fire resistance rating of two to four hours.

In addition, the architects specified ICF walls to take advantage of their noise reduction attributes. This will allow the firefighters to have a quiet, peaceful area to retreat to, regardless of the time of day. Construction on the projects started summer 2011 and is expected to be completed spring 2012.

Source: Portland Cement Association's Executive Report e-newsletter for January 9, 2012.


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