Why ICF’s?

ICF Costs

Low energy costs, disaster resistance, and recyclability make this construction method one of the greenest building technologies on the planet.

Energy Efficiency

Perhaps the largest factor driving ICF growth is their superior energy efficiency. This is due to the R-value of the foam and the airtightness of the walls.

Disaster Resistance

In the last 12 months, severe storms have devastated the Atlantic coast and Midwest. ICF structures in the paths of these storms survived far better than their stick-framed counterparts.

Intro to ICFs and Alternative ICFs

People need to be aware of all alternative building products. Because we are all better than wood.—Jerry Kachlic ICFs stand for insulating (or insulated) concrete forms. These are forms that sandwich cast-in-place concrete between two layers of foam insulation...

ICF Homes and Car Collisions

ICF homes have a remarkable ability to shield occupants from all sorts of disasters, including collisions with out-of-control vehicles. Over the past 15 years, at least three separate ICF homes have experienced accidents of this type. With a solid core of...

Starting and Growing a Successful ICF Business (Part II)

This article is adapted from a presentation made at the 2017 ICF Summit titled “Building Your Construction Business with Disaster-Resistant ICF Structures.” Part I appeared in the July 2019 issue. Back in the 1990s, when I started talking to people about concrete...

In the News: Surviving Dorian

Hurricane Dorian is said to be one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit the Bahamas. The storm, which made landfall in September of 2019, had winds in excess of 150 miles per hour for two days straight. On several major islands, 60% of homes were destroyed or...

Benefits of Living in an ICF Home

When the heat or A/C goes out, ICF homes will maintain steady room temperature far longer than any other wall assembly. Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) are gaining popularity as a home building material, and as demand for high-performance homes increases, so does...

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 integrates ICF walls with a number of other innovative technologies. How do you build a passive house with insulated concrete...

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 touted their performance while cavity wall proponents have argued that their superior performance is purely anecdotal. In...

Mexico Beach Survivor

This ICF home in the Florida Panhandle was virtually the only home left standing in the neighborhood after Hurricane Michael came ashore last fall. It gained the industry significant national media attention. In October, one of the most powerful hurricanes in recorded...

Recovering From the California Wildfires: How ICF is Playing a Role

This house, built with Logix ICF, narrowly escaped destruction in last year’s California wildfires. Across the nation, regardless of proximity to the state of California, people were transfixed by images and news stories of wildfires across the state during 2017 and...

Success Stories from the Commercial Sector

Currently, the ICF industry is being driven by the commercial sector. It's due, in part, to the size of the projects; a single mid-rise apartment building will use more block than 30 residential basements. But it's also driven by the fact that ICFs are more...

The Challenge

Studies show that very little of a building’s total environmental impact is related to construction. Rather, heating, cooling, and operating the building add up to more than 90% of a structure’s total environmental impact over its lifespan.

The Solution

Energy Savings of up to 40-50% on heating and cooling costs. Designed with a factory R-value of 24 and capable of reaching 40+ R-values following concrete embedment. Insulated Concrete Forms create a thermal barrier that naturally regulates the inside temperature. 


Reduced Carbon Emissions


Energy Savings Over Wood

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