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.

Termites and ICFs

Termites are more than just a nuisance. They cause an estimated $5 billion in damages every year in the U.S. And they have led to Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) being banned below grade in certain jurisdictions. More than ten years ago, the ICF Association noted,...

ICF Vs. Traditional Framing

What Are The Real Costs Of Using ICFs? All too often, we hear that ICF is more expensive than traditional methods. Within the industry, we hear percentages from 2% to 15% more to build than "stick". Many times we hear that ICF is "not more expensive, just different"....

Storm Proof Roofing

ICF WALLS HAVE A WELL-ESTABLISHED TRACK RECORD OF SURVIVING NATURAL DISASTERS. However, in "big wind" events—such as tornadoes and hurricanes—roofs have proven to be a significant weak point. This fact was emphasized again in 2013, when an EF-5 tornado with wind...

Standing Up To Man-Made Disasters

ICF structures have gained a well-deserved reputation for surviving all types of natural disasters. With a solid core of steel-reinforced concrete sandwiched between two layers of shock-absorbing foam, they can resist hurricane-force winds, wildfires, earthquakes, and...

Reaching LEED- Platinum with ICFs

Built in 2008, this 2,700 sq. ft. spec home built in North Carolina is likely the first LEED-Platinum certified ICF residence. Sustainability is the construction buzzword of the 21st Century. A recent survey from Booz Allen Hamilton reports that the green building...

Heat Transfer

Houses constructed with commercially available ICFs have a greater resistance to heat transfer (measured as R-values with higher values being better) than is apparent from measures of R-values in the laboratory. The insulation of commercially available ICFs is usually...

The New LEED

Fire Station 108 in Las Vegas, Nev., is one of a handful of commercial ICF projects that have already been certified under LEED v4 criteria. The building was awarded LEED-Silver in the New Construction category in Dec. 2014. ICFs helped earn points in energy...

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...

Storm-Proof Roofing

New technology allows builders to pour a lightweight concrete roof on ay ICF home, using plywood form and regular wooden trusses for support. ICF walls have a well-established track record of surviving natural disasters. However, in "big wind" events—such as tornadoes...

ICF’s And The Life-Cycle Assessment

With the current level of enthusiasm about sustainability and green construction, it's sometimes difficult to separate the facts from the hype. Life-cycle assessment (LCA), is an analytical tool developed to resolve these disputes. It calculates the environmental...

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

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