How To Select An ICF Product

The decision has been made to build with ICFs. Now, how do you select which product to use? Every ICF block or product line is unique in attributes...

Commercial Contractor Spotlight

IMS Masonry built the 173,393-square-foot Roy Junior High School in Roy, Utah, with Fox Blocks. This was the first ICF school built in Utah.  IMS...

The Rising Cost of Steel

A photo of a grid of LiteBar suspended using LiteChair rebar chairs. The industry has been rocked by a few upheavals in the past year . . . a big...

Growing the Industry Through Build With Strength

For any contractors just getting into ICFs, or for those who are seeking to gain more clients, the Build With Strength program is one to know about....

Design Perspectives – A Foray Into a Work/Live Project

Interior view of an imagined live / work project.  When I was first introduced to ICF’s a couple of years ago, the benefits seemed to be miles long...

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.”

2020 Builder Award Winners

The winners of the 2021 ICF Builder Awards were announced live, via Youtube,  on January 21, 2021.   If you would like to see the presentation CLICK HERE. The annual project-of-the-year competition is widely regarded as the biggest event in the ICF industry, and the best opportunity to celebrate the advances that have been made in recent years.


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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