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.
While poured walls are still the most common system basement walls, insulated concrete forms are gaining ground in many areas.
One of the questions we always hear is, how much does an ICF home cost?
Home buyers aren't satisfied with the same old house anymore. They want something a little extra for their investment. Builders can set themselves apart by building a better home with insulated concrete forms.
There is plenty of free or low-cost training available for architects and contractors to learn how to design and build ICF structures.
Homebuyers tend to look at using ICF construction for energy efficiency and strength.
Designing and specifying a high-performance building has never been easier, thanks to BIM.
A basement shouldn't be a damp, scary place to store your household junk. But if it's built out of block or poured walls, it might be.
For builders time is money. A builder that can take days or weeks out of the construction cycle will be more profitable in the long run.
If you're thinking about building a log home, or other pre-fab or systems-built home, start with a strong foundation.
Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is sweeping the commercial building industry. BIM is a 3-D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the tools to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure more efficiently. Fox Blocks...
In addition to energy savings and quiet comfort, another reason to build insulated concrete forms is resistance to fire.
Using insulated concrete forms for walls and/or foundations can help builders extend their building season, and deliver energy-efficient buildings as well.
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.
For many builders, building with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) is still a new technology. Builders can take advantage of free education and training programs that ICF manufacturers offer to the trades.
At nearly 2,000 years old, the Colosseum in Rome is one of the oldest standing structures in the world. What is it made of? Concrete.
For builders who want to know more about building with insulated concrete form construction, there are numerous resources -- often free -- available. They don't have to tackle it alone.
Home buyers in coastal areas are discovering the benefits of ICF construction on their own and want to work with contractors who can help them build their dream home.
An ICF walls delivers a continuous air and heat barrier with no cracks and crevices other than what's supposed to be there, such as utility penetrations.
Many knowledgeable homebuyers would like to build an ICF home, but their favorite builder may not be familiar with the technology. Builders need listen to their educated buyers and get up to speed on ICF construction to provide a better product to their customers who want a better built home.
Studies show that construction costs are relatively small compared to the operating cost of a home over a 30-year mortgage. Insulated concrete form (ICF) homes reduce those costs through energy efficiency and low maintenance living.