Situated on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California, Casa Bella Verde is a magnificent example of energy efficiency, sustainability, and design ingenuity. More than that, it showcases how ICF technology can be used in an astounding array of construction situations. The main home and attached guest house have a combined 9,000 sq. ft. of conditioned floor space. Yet the homes used more than 30,000 sq. ft. of ICF wall forms, and an additional 30,000 sq. ft. of ICF forms in landscaping, pool construction, and other uses. An additional 15,000 sq. ft. of Insul-Deck EPS decking was also installed.
“We tried to apply ICF technology to every application of the project building process,” says Nicholas Nikiforuk, the IntegraSpec executive that supplied forms, trained installers, and oversaw the construction process. “We created new uses for standard ICF components and found ways they could help solve design issues.