January/February 2019 News

In an otherwise booming U.S. economy, the U.S. housing market is weakening. Mortgage interest rates hit five percent earlier this fall, adding to...

The Drew Castle

  2018 Unlimited Residential 1st Runner-Up   The Drew Castle, located in Eastern Michigan is actually a 10,000-sq.-ft. private home, built...

Newmarket Apartments

  2018 Multi-family 1st Runner-Up   This 15-story, 212-unit apartment building is located in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, just north of...

McDowell Residence

  2018 Unlimited Residential Best In Class   The McDowell ranch house is situated in rural Llano County, Texas, about 50 miles northwest...

What to See at WOC

The biggest ICF industry event of the year will take place Wednesday evening. The biggest trade show for the ICF industry is happening in just a few...

Anderson Pool

2018 SPECIALTY PROJECT1st Runner Up ICF swimming pools are becoming more common, and with this project, it's easy to see why. ICFs are highly...

Alternate Stay-In Place Forming Systems

In addition to all-foam ICFs, several other stay-in-place forming systems are on the market.  Insulated Concrete Blocks (ICBs) are made from a blend...

ICF Builder Magazine is the information source for contractors, architects, and others involved with the insulating concrete form industry.  It’s the only full-color trade magazine devoted to the industry, with project profiles, how-to articles, house plans, and product reviews.

Insulating Concrete Forms are the future of the building industry.  Popular for both residential and commercial ICF construction, ICFs create homes and businesses that are energy-efficient, fire-resistant, sound-proof, and durable.  Properly constructed, they are tornado and hurricane-proof, and stand up to earthquake, fire, and other natural disasters equally well.  Many homes conserve energy so well that heating and cooling costs are reduced by 50-70 percent.

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“If you manufacture or market a product for the insulating concrete forms industry, you simply will not find a more efficient, effective way to reach your audience.”

2019 Builder Award Winners

The winners of the 2019 ICF Builder Awards were announced January 23rd 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at an evening award presentation held in conjunction with the World of Concrete trade show.


Every year, ICF Builder publishes an ICF comparison chart in the January/February issue. As in past years, this will also include comparisons of EPS decking systems and non-traditional stay-in-place forming systems.

ICFs are made from lightweight EPS foam, commonly called Styrofoam.  The hollow blocks are stacked like Legos to form the exterior walls of a structure.  When complete, the interior of the wall is filled with steel-reinforced concrete to create an incredibly strong and energy efficient home or commercial building.
Insulated concrete forms are growing an estimated 20% a year, and are considered a Green Building material that can contribute significant points to LEED accreditation.

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