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.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Fox Blocks




Creating a Building Envelope That Beats Code

In order to build a high performance home, builders need to embrace new technologies and techniques. The results can be greatly improved over traditional approaches. This white paper takes a look at some of the top things homebuilders should consider in choosing a wall system for the best building envelope.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks




Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes Built with Insulated Concrete Forms

Insurance companies, state regulators and government agencies are providing significant insurance discounts for homes built to new, more resilient standards like the FORTIFIED Home standard. This white paper covers one popular approach to building a storm-resilient home — using insulated concrete forms (ICFs) for the wall assembly and foundation.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


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High Performance Homes Earns 3rd Housing Innovation Award

Originating from a production home, the French Country architectural design was customized according to the homeowner’s desires.

Luxury Prefab Townhouses Rise on Precast Concrete Foundations

Once the precast concrete foundations are in place, modular home components will be installed to increase the speed and efficiency of construction.

New Spray Gasket Helps Meet Energy Code Air Leakage Requirements

With air leakage accounting for 40% of energy loss in new homes, this durable, flexible foam solution allows for a smooth, even drywall installation.

First Net-Zero Condos Slated for Ithaca NY

Combining cutting edge green technology with a walkable location, a car-free or car-light lifestyle is easily attainable.

Use Advanced Decking as Cladding for Fresh Curb Appeal

There's a very strong exterior design trend of architects and homeowners incorporating wood planks as accent walls on homes to add a warm visual.

Underground and Other Unseen Things

It occurs to me that some the most important things about building a home are either underground or otherwise unseen, from utilities to time and effort.

Coffered Ceiling: An Acoustic Solution For Any Space

Coffered ceilings are a far more attractive solution to other acoustic sound blockers.

Home Innovation Issues First NGBS Green Certification Based on 2015 NGBS

As development of the 2018 version of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) recently commenced, Home Innovation today issued its first NGBS Green certification of a home to the 2015 version of the standard. The Atlanta-area single-family home of designer...

EEBA takes summit to new level

Annual event revamped with stronger focus on high-performance building

Insulated Wall Panel Eliminates Common Wall Assembly Components

Technology offers a cost-effective alternative to site-built framing.


ICFs Chosen for Luxury Beach House

The architects were given a brief to create a large residence with discrete bedroom and living circulation.

Energy Management: Proud Green Home of Louisville

One of the top goals of the Proud Green Home of Louisville was to create a highly energy efficient yet very livable home.

ICFs Meet Demand for Resilient Homes

High tech concrete forms have proven technologies to make building easier and faster.

Resource Emerges for Tiny House DIY-ers (Video)

So appealing is the tiny house, that many adventurous DIY-ers have set out to build their own tiny home.

Affordable Housing Winner Built With SIPs (Video)

With dramatic 12 foot ceilings, this energy-efficient home exemplifies an energy-efficient modern design made possible with SIPs.

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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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