Tiny houses are mighty with ICFs

| by David Morris
Tiny houses are mighty with ICFs

The tiny house craze is going strong, and insulated concrete forms are becoming a popular way to build them.

Tiny houses – typically under 500 square feet – are part of the trend toward simple, affordable living. A small house cost less to build and uses fewer resources while you're living in it. 

If a tiny home project is on your mind, ICFs make a lot of sense (If you're talking about a permanent dwelling – I can't recommend them for a tiny house on wheels.)

A tiny home built with ICFs will be very energy efficient. Depending on the climate, it won't require very much heating or cooling. It should stay at a comfortable temperature just using heat from occupants and appliances. That means you can save money by using a smaller capacity heating system.

Construction should go quickly as well. The ICF foam blocks are stacked like children's blocks and reinforced with rebar. Once the concrete is poured, the walls are done. While we recommend using an experienced ICF contractor, you could perhaps create some sweat equity by helping stack the forms. Of course, once the walls are poured, you can jump in and sweat over your dream home as much as you'd like.

Your tiny ICF house will be solid for its size so it can stand up to severe storms and high winds. Inside, it will be quiet and comfortable, a cozy retreat from the hustle and bustle outside the sturdy walls. Long-term your utility bills will be lower than a wood-frame home, helping stretch your budget.

Talk with a local contractor about using ICFs in your tiny home project.

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: 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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