Understand the True Cost of Building with Insulated Concrete Forms

As building codes demand homes with tighter building envelopes and continuous insulation, home builders and consumers are looking for building strategies that deliver that performance without paying a premium. That’s why homes built with ICFs are becoming a popular choice in many climates.

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How to boost your LEED score using decorative concrete

Learn about five ways you can use decorative concrete to improve both the beauty and sustainability of your next building project

Low carbon block could answer concrete problems

For builders looking for low-carbon footprint products, a new concrete block alternative could be the answer.

ICFs are ideal for FEMA storm shelters and safe rooms

Not everyone can build their entire house of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), so instead adding a storm shelter to the existing house or structure can be the difference between...

Green construction strategies for the best in building envelopes

When a homeowner or building professional searches for building products, there are many ways to go green. In addition to energy-saving options look for products with green attributes throughout the lifecycle of a product.

ICF Tech Bulletin: Avoiding drywall cracks

Fox Blocks addresses many of the common inquiries of ICF professionals and put them in easy to use topics. Hopefully they can help to educate the ICF community on how to build with ICFs properly.

Louisville home representing US in green building competition

Kentucky’s first LEED Platinum, net zero Energy and water-conserving home relies on sustainable design and products.

Thermal mass wall basics

What is thermal mass? Well, it’s basically a substance’s ability to resist fluctuations in temperature, which means it takes a lot of energy to heat a substance and a lot of energy to cool it. A good example of this is a concrete sidewalk in the summer.

Strength of concrete

Waking up to the sound of a drunk driver crashing into your house can be disturbing–and there are plenty of other words to describe the sensation. I know exactly what that’s like.

Ocean-side ICF home designed to withstand coastal winds

Strong winds roll off Skagit Bay, blasting the homes on picturesque Fidalgo Island about 70 miles north of Seattle, Wash. That’s why the Hendricks family and their contractor chose insulated concrete forms for the 11,000-square-foot home that has a breathtaking...

The sound of silence. Acoustics matter with ICFs.

I like to have quiet when I work. That’s always been the case. I think it happened because I grew up in a finished basement with concrete walls that were insulated and finished, and which kept the outside world away from me and my thoughts (except for the herd of elephants–aka, my family–tromping around upstairs).

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Most homeowners want smart homes but want to do it themselves

More than 70 percent of smart phone users in America just wish they could control something in their home from their mobile device without getting out of bed.

ICFs form walls of a new Scottish castle

A majestic Scottish castle is taking shape in Connecticut, and it just may have the strength to withstand a siege, thanks to the insulated concrete forms that make up the walls.

Tropical island home construction built on concrete forms

Although insulated concrete forms are often used in cooler climates, builders are using them in tropical climates as well.

Fox Blocks expands ICF manufacturing

Reflecting the growing interest in insulated concrete form construction, Fox Blocks has expanded its manufacturing base to Texas and Missouri. Omaha-based Fox Blocks, the fastest growing manufacturer of insulated concrete forms (ICF) in North America, continues expansion of their added...

Insulated concrete form construction offers affordable green building

If you'd like to live in a green energy-efficient home but think it's too expensive, think again. Today homebuilders can use surprisingly affordable building technology that offers significant benefits in energy efficiency, safety and home comfort for little to no...

ICF construction cuts building time and manpower (video)

The Las Vegas Army Reserve Center Phase 2 project cost less and reduced building time with insulated concrete form construction. The 9,000-square-foot Army Reserve Center project in in Sloan, Nev., benefitted from the ease of stacking and quality interlocking corners...

How to build a green home using insulated concrete forms

Often when homeowners and builders consider investing in green elements for a home, the concept of payoff comes to mind. The perception is that building an energy-efficient home costs a lot more, and therefore should pay back the difference compared...

Hurricane-resistant home in Alabama ready to take on the weather

Proven in the harsh weather in the Philippines and 13 other countries over the last decade, a new affordable and resilient construction process is now available in the United States through Defender Technologies, LLC. Engineered to resist hurricane and tornado...

Concrete Cares pours pink concrete to support breast cancer awareness (photos)

A home in Glendale, Ariz., has a pink concrete in its walls. On purpose. To support breast cancer awareness, the American Concrete Institute’s Concrete Cares program launched pink concrete pours in a number of cities across the country. Castle Rock...

New forms solve concrete waste problem at the building site

Concrete is one of the most used building products in the world, and it’s also one of the heaviest and hardest to handle. Builders that must order cement usually order more than is needed to complete their task. After all, coming up short could be devastating to the pour as well as to the budget.

Habitat for Humanity Carter work project builds with ICFs for Super Storm Sandy rebuild

Habitat For Humanity’s 30th Annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project was dedicated to helping rebuild a New Jersey home devastated by Super Storm Sandy. To withstand future storms, as well as provide a tight building envelope for energy efficiency,...

Fox Blocks expands ICF manufacturing to Alaska

Homeowners and builders in Alaska can take advantage of insulated concrete form construction more quickly with a new ICF production facility in Anchorage. Fox Blocks, the fastest growing manufacturer of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) in North America, is expanding its...

Net-zero subdivisions planned with ICF construction for maximum energy efficiency

Two net-zero energy developments, built with homes that generate as much energy as they use, are being built with insulated concrete forms to ensure energy efficiency and comfort. Anthony Aebi, the founder and CEO of Greenhill Contracting, Inc has a...

Indoor air quality a part of first Kentucky net-zero home project (Video)

My Green Kentucky Home, a 3,725 square-foot home constructed as a model for sustainable homebuilding, also considered indoor air quality. When specifying materials for the interior, GCCM Construction Services found that CertainTeed offered a wide range of high-performance products that...

Bottom-up building uses concrete forms from the foundation to the walls

Builders enthusiastic about energy-efficient construction techniques and products are embracing the “bottom up” building concept using pre-cast concrete walls or insulated concrete forms. Beginning with a foundation system made with panels that create a dampproof basement and building upwards with...

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