Benefits of ICFs beyond energy efficiency

| by David Morris
Benefits of ICFs beyond energy efficiency

Sure, insulated concrete forms are known for reducing home energy demands by 25 percent or more for heating and cooling. But there are other benefits with ICF construction that many people overlook.

Quietness: The foam-clad concrete walls significantly reduce the noise from outside the home. Annoyances like traffic noise, airports sounds, or neighbors with a rock band in the garage will be a thing of the past.

Indoor Air Quality:The foam blocks of an ICF home interlock like children's building blocks. That means there's no air leakage through nooks and crannies in the walls, so air pollution and irritants don't find their way into the home. People in respiratory sensitivities can create a pleasant environment through ventilation and air filtration systems if necessary.

Resiliency: Building a home with safety and durability in mind makes sense. And, not surprisingly, a sturdy, safe home is also likely to be very durable for the long term. ICF construction also delivers

  • Fire Resistance: Insurance companies recognize concrete homes as being fire resistant and offer premiums to reflect that fact.
  • Wind Resistance: ICF homes are designed to withstand high winds and can exceed building codes for areas prone to hurricanes and tornadoes
  • Impact Resistance: In storm much of the damage comes from flying debris hitting the home. Concrete walls and roofs can withstand the impact of debris from extreme winds with little or no structural damage.
  • Seismic Resistance: Steel reinforcement and concrete can minimize the risk of damage from earthquakes.

An ICF home offers more than a lower cost of living, it also offers a higher standard of living with benefits that pay off for years to come.


Topics: Building Green, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF

Companies: Fox Blocks



David Morris
A Detroit native, David T. Morris, LEED® Green Associate, used his drive for entrepreneurship, innovation & new product development to develop a patented product and later took a new building product to market. In 2012, he became U.S. East Regional Manager with Fox Blocks, a division of Airlite Plastics Company, managing ICF sales in seven states. Since 2006, David has delivered more than 140 IFA/ICF training seminars to contractors, plus another 120 presentations to architects and engineers. He is a featured speaker and SME on High-Performance Buildings, and his efforts have resulted in environmentally friendly construction being specified for residential, commercial, and institutional buildings throughout the country.

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