Small to Medium Builders Adopt ICFs for Basements

Dec. 6, 2017 | by David Morris
Small to Medium Builders Adopt ICFs for Basements

We've been talking with builders who are moving toward ICFs for foundations and basements, away from poured concrete or block walls.

There are a couple of reasons that builders are making the switch. One is time savings. In a conventional poured wall design, the builder has to erect forms, pour the concrete, wait for it to cure, and remove the forms. Then you're left with just a bare wall.

With an ICF wall, the forms stay in place after the concrete is poured. In one step with one trade, you have a basement furred out and insulated with a vapor barrier up to the floor joist. An ICF basement is ready for electrical and then drywall.

Durability is another big plus. A steel reinforced ICF concrete wall is stronger and more crack-resistant than a typical concrete basement wall built without steel reinforcement.

Building with ICFs can help builders and contractors deal with the shortage of skilled labor in some areas. Installing an ICF wall takes fewer people than framing, and can be done by practically anyone under a trained supervisor.

Perhaps the most important reason to use ICFs in the basement is homeowner comfort. A foundation built with ICFs is well insulated, leaving the basement feeling comfortable year around. It stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and reduces the moisture problems that plague many basements.

Start your next home on a solid ICF foundation or basement.

This blog was developed by Fox Blocks. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.


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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