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Residential Walls and Foundations: Improving the Thermal Envelope

This guide compares Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) with other forms used in above grade (walls) and below grade applications (foundations). Key factors in selecting the best system for your home are identified.

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Sponsor: Fox Blocks




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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks




Effects of the Thermal Envelope on Home Energy Efficiency

What's a thermal envelope? The thermal envelope is, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, everything about the house that serves to shield the living space from the outdoors. This white paper explores some of the building science behind creating an excellent thermal envelope for your home.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


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First Cross Laminated Timber Building Rising in New York

CLT construction is an economically and environmentally conscious alternative to steel and concrete construction.

Do You Know the Benefits of an ICF Home?

Homes built with ICF walls require about 44 percent less energy to heat and 32 percent less energy to cool than a comparable wood-frame house.

SIPs "Go Gray": Graphite Polystyrene Insulating Cores

Building professionals typically use SIPs for more energy efficient construction, whether required by stringent energy codes or homeowners’ desire to reduce energy costs.

Sheathing System Cuts Home Building Time and Boosts Building Envelope Sealing

On a residential or commercial building site, time equals money, so building professionals are interested in shortening the process while maintaining quality.

Prefab Wood Elements Speed Up Construction Times And Cuts Risks

Using wood elements allows faster building turnaround, leading to more profitable construction projects and shorter investment payback times.

LEED Platinum Prefab Model Rated for Hurricane Zones (video)

Construction crews can install the modular home in one day because it is 90 percent built in a Central Florida manufacturing plant.

First All CLT Building Rises in New York (video)

CLTs have proved to perform as well, and at times better than, carbon heavy steel and concrete.

Prefab Homes and Small Homes Trends Combine in New Book

The latest book from author Sheri Koones explores the beauty, variety, design, and positive benefits of small-scale, prefab construction.

Modular Design Can Be Both High Quality and Fast

Prefabricated wood elements enable fast, efficient and easy design without reducing quality.

2016 Energy Awareness Month: Bottom-to-Top Energy Tips for the Home

With 25th anniversary of Energy Awareness Month in October, now is the ideal time for builders and home buyers to select energy efficient products for their home.

Drywall Options Deliver Better Living in in Proud Green Home of Louisville

Drywall products from CertainTeed are part of the package that will deliver a high performance home to its new owners.


New DIY Home Kit Aimed at Net Zero Market

Many people have this dream of building their own home, but construction is so complex these days it's almost unobtainable for the regular do-it-yourselfer.

First home certified under Canada's Net Zero Energy program

Reid's Heritage Homes was the first builder in Canada to have a Net Zero Energy (NZE) home qualified under the program.

Subfloor stands up to the weather for a resilient home

One of the characteristics of a well built home is a lack of squeaks in the flooring.


A high performance thermal envelope starts at the foundation

To ensure the Proud Green Home of Louisville performs according to plan, it's being wrapped in insulation. The foundation incorporates foam forms, and most of the walls are insulated concrete forms as well. Builder Sy Safi of UberGreen Spaces &...


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Fox Blocks Insulating Concrete Form Wall Systems provide an extremely energy efficient building envelope offering superior strength, sound, air quality, and well insulated walls.


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