A Challenging Remote Alaska Jobsite

One ICF installer had a real challenge of a job. They needed to place a pad for a yurt in a spot with airplane access only, in remote Alaska. It...

How-To Plans and Permits

The hardest part of building a home for yourself is the design — deciding on the floor plan, not to mention materials. Every successful building...

Design Perspectives – Why Doesn’t California Encourage Residential ICFs

California has one of the most stringent green building, energy, and structural codes in the country. All new homes are required to have solar, and...

2022 World of Concrete Preview

It's been a year and a half, roughly, since most construction-related trade shows shifted abruptly to an online format. Now, with 2022 upon us, it...

A Different Approach To Attracting Employees

When it comes to applying for a job, at the top of many people's concerns is the benefits package . . . 401K, vacation days, etc. But Hybrid Home...

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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