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.

Breezy Point: Rebuilding to Withstand the Storm

When Superstorm Sandy hit New York City in 2012, it brought "the city that never sleeps" to a standstill. Michael Bloomberg, mayor at the time, called the storm "maybe the worst we've ever experienced." Among the hardest-hit areas was Breezy Point, a tight-knit...

Engineering For Storm Surge

This ICF home in the Caymans survived the storm surge from Hurricane Ivan (2004) despite being battered by cars, rocks, and other debris. Storm surge is one of the most powerful and destructive forces of nature. It is one major cause of the damage and devastation...

Green ICFs in the Commercial Sector

Built to LEED Platinum standards, CMTA office building is a recent example of sustainable commercial construction. Buildings, it turns out, are the largest single consumer of energy worldwide (about 40% of total energy consumed). And on a square footage basis,...

Technology for Zero Energy Homes

Over the past decade, Zero Energy (ZE) homes have quietly gone from research to reality—and they're becoming increasingly affordable. For the purposes of this article, a ZE building is defined as a highly efficient structure that produces as much energy as it uses...

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,...

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...

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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