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Bracing for ICFs

A wall alignment and bracing system is an essential piece of equipment for any ICF installer, and mastering the basics of this tool is essential. ICF projects are bigger and more complex than ever before. In the U.S., OSHA has tightened safety requirements....

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Fort Worth Waterfall

2017 SPECIALTY PROJECT BEST IN CLASS Winner of the "Best Specialty Application" at last year's ICF Builder Awards, this backyard water feature in Fort Worth, Texas showcases the design flexibility of insulated concrete forms. Cameron Ware, the Texas ICF distributor...

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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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