Select the Right ICF Concrete Core Size

A majority of ICF companies provide forms with concrete core sizes at 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 inches. The range allows for different applications and...

An ICF House Proves Its Strength Over Decades

Terri Jean Smith, a resident of Fort Morgan, Alabama, on the top of a tiny peninsula in Mobile Bay, wrote me in early September 2020 seeking any...

Benefits of Panelization

Photos courtesy of Rhino FormJoey Hughes is a big thinker. He realized that he could build ICF homes faster and better by implementing panelization....

A Case Study on How Insulated Concrete Forms Can Prevent Structure Loss During Wildfires

Logix ICF Home on Cliffhanger Lane that Survived the Camp Fire (Lennox, 2019) Editor's Note: Charles Ackley wrote this paper in 2020 as a senior in...

Adjusting to Increasing Natural Disasters

The increase in natural and climate-related disasters has caused a record number of expenditures related to repairs. In January 2021, NOAA (The...

ICF Construction Mitigates Building & Operating Costs

Example of non-combustible full building envelope with ICF walls and iSpan floors and roof. A typical ICF basement, already poured. Having been...

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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