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.

Adjusting to Increasing Natural Disasters

The increase in natural and climate-related disasters has caused a record number of expenditures related to repairs. In January 2021, NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) released a report that stated natural disasters cost the U.S. a record $22...

A Case Study on How Insulated Concrete Forms Can Prevent Structure Loss During Wildfires

Logix ICF Home on Cliffhanger Lane that Survived the Camp Fire (Lennox, 2019) Editor's Note: Charles Ackley wrote this paper in 2020 as a senior in the Construction Management program at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. This...

ICF Construction Mitigates Building & Operating Costs

Example of non-combustible full building envelope with ICF walls and iSpan floors and roof. A typical ICF basement, already poured. Having been involved with ICF construction for around 17 years, and in that time having been involved with more than 130 ICF projects,...

An ICF House Proves Its Strength Over Decades

Terri Jean Smith, a resident of Fort Morgan, Alabama, on the top of a tiny peninsula in Mobile Bay, wrote me in early September 2020 seeking any advice I might have to aid in her quest to have her roof certified as a Fortified Roof. In Alabama and many other states,...

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...

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. 

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