Amvic Success Profiled in Canadian Business Journal

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Amvic founder, Victor Amend, recently sat down with Canadian Business Journal to talk about the company's beginnings and how it has climbed to a position of prominence within the insulated concrete form (ICF) industry.

Amvic founder, Victor Amend, recently sat down with Canadian Business Journal to talk about the company's beginnings and how it has climbed to a position of prominence within the insulated concrete form (ICF) industry. Amvic ICF (http://www.amvicsystem.com) debuted in 1999 as a result of Amend's unsuccessful search for a concrete house and after discovering that the ICF market didn't yet carry what he would consider the ideal building product. Being a scientist, Amend developed an ICF that would be stronger, easier to use and less wasteful in the construction process.

What are ICFs?

ICFs are permanent forms into which concrete is poured. The forms are made from two 2.5-inch expanded polystyrene (EPS) panels that are held together by polypropylene webs. ICFs are interlocking modular units and serve to create an insulated form for the structural walls of a building. Buildings constructed with insulated concrete forms are energy efficient, sustainable, comfortable and environmentally friendly.

The Amvic difference

"Our ICF is reversible," says Gary Brown, Vice President of Business Development at Amvic "which means it doesn't matter what way you stack it, you don't have to turn it around. It makes things a lot easier in the construction phase. In addition, the webs holding the two EPS boards together are six inches on centre, instead of eight or 12 inches. The advantage there is a stronger block with more attachment areas for exterior and interior finishes. Drywall can be attached right on it without extra 2" x 4" strapping."

Amvic (http://www.amvicsystem.com) has gone on to provide additional products to complete the building envelope. Amvic now offers a floor and roof system, called AmDeck and SilveRboard, a flat-sheet insulation coated with reflective lamination on both sides. Amvic has covered its bases, ensuring their high-performance product line is diverse enough to apply in any building project.

Green building

Amvic ICFs eliminate construction waste, prevent air leakage and have a long lifecycle. "Because of the EPS insulation, ICFs make a tight wall system," Brown adds. "When a building envelope isn't tight, energy is wasted because our heating and cooling systems have to overcompensate for the loss. You use less energy and have better air quality."

If you ask Brown, Amvic has one main priority: to bring high-quality, energy-efficient, fortified and sustainable building systems to North America. "We want to enhance the growth of building products that will contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment," he says. "It's something we're confident we can continue to do."

Canadian Business Journal offers readers a glimpse into major Canadian industries including construction, energy, food and drink, healthcare, manufacturing and more, through comprehensive profiles of successful Canadian enterprises. To read the entire Amvic ICF article click here http://www.canadianbusinessjournal.ca/business_in_action/sep_09/amvic.html

For more information about Amvic ICFs or insulated concrete forms, visit their website at http://www.amvicsystem.com or contact Gary Brown at 416-410-5674.

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