Iowa Nest Residence

2020 Small Residential Winner
Rural, Iowa

The Pinnacle

2020 Unlimited Residential 2nd Runner-Up
Komoka, Ontario, Canada

Design Perspectives By Ariel Petty

The first time I met builder Heather Hering, I was standing in the stunning kitchen of her 2017 award-winning home, The Toronto. A part of the...

ICFs and the Passive House Movement

The number of passive buildings in North America has increased more than six times over in the past five years. This Minnesota passive house...

Afton Home

2020 Large Residential Winner
Afton, Virginia

Jennings Creek Elementary

2020 Heavy Commercial 1st Runner-Up
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Lab Notes: Thermal Performance of ICF Walls

The thermal performance of insulated concrete form (ICF) walls has been a long-debated topic amongst building industry leaders. ICF companies have...

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 2020 ICF Builder Awards were announced February 5th 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at an evening award presentation held in conjunction with the World of Concrete trade show.

ICF COMPARISON CHART

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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