Otten House

2018 Large Residential 1st Runner Up The Otten House, located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, appears to be an average family...

Whitewater Crossing Christian Church

  2018 Heavy Commercial (Religious) 1st Runner-Up   Project Statistics Location: Cleves, Ohio Type: Church/New Construction and Remodel Size: 57,000...

McDowell Residence

  2018 Unlimited Residential Best In Class   Project Statistics Location: Llano County, Texas Type: Private Residence Size: 5,933 sq. ft. (floor)...

River House

  2018 Small Residential 2nd Runner-Up   River House is a beautiful single family home located on the banks of the Mississippi River about 100 miles...

The Drew Castle

  2018 Unlimited Residential 1st Runner-Up   Project Statistics Location: Eastern Michigan Type: Private Residence Size: 10,000 sq. ft. (floor) ICF...

Anderson Pool

2018 SPECIALTY PROJECT 1st Runner Up Project Statistics Location: Boone, Iowa Type: Pool and Workshop Size: 2,400 sq. ft. (floor) ICF Use: 3,620 sq....

Douglass High School

  2018 Heavy Commercial (Education) Best in Class   Project Statistics Location: Lexington, Kentucky Type: High School Size: 287,125 sq. ft. (floor)...

Douglass High School

Heavy Commercial-Education Winner Kentucky has long been a leader in ICF school construction, with more than three dozen built in the state. The...

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.”

2018 Builder Award Winners

The winners of the 2018 ICF Builder Awards were announced January 24th 2018 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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