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ICFs for Subcontractors

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) are becoming more common in both residential and commercial applications. However, as the construction market continues to recover, finding subcontractors familiar with ICF construction can be challenging, especially for electrical and...

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Weatherproofing ICF Walls

Lab and field testing conducted over three years shows one installation method that will withstand even the worst wind-driven rain. Many different methods (and even more opinions) exist on the issue of weatherproofing ICF walls. Only recently has the...

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ICF 101

An Introduction to ICF Construction As Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) become more common, a growing number of builders and concrete contractors are considering adding this skill set to their business. Additionally, do-it-yourself owner/builders are frequently...

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Efficient Heating and Cooling

ICFs are known to save on heating and cooling costs. But in order to fully realize this benefit, the mechanical systems—heating, cooling and ventilation—must be properly sized. Additionally, non-traditional systems such as in-floor hydronic heat, geothermal HVAC, and...

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ICF Swimming Pools

Warren County, Ky., is growing rapidly; the school district averages 200 to 300 new students every year. To address that issue, Warren County Public Schools has built at least seven new schools over the last decade or so, most of which have been built with ICF. Among...

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Window Bucks

For many years, ICF contractors faced a simple choice when it came to window bucks: wood or vinyl. But over the past five years, a number of companies have developed systems specifically designed for ICFs that offer unique advantages. Today, building owners can choose...

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