Residential Walls and Foundations: Improving the Thermal Envelope

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

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.

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For Safety and Peace of Mind, Homeowners Turn to an ICF Home

For Safety and Peace of Mind, Homeowners Turn to an ICF Home

A family in southern Alabama was looking for an energy efficient home that could also stand up to the hurricanes that lash the Gulf Coast on a regular basis. Their decision to build with ICFs would result in peace of mind and a safe home that received the Fortified For Safety Living (FFSL) certification.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


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3 secrets to living in an ICF home

3 secrets to living in an ICF home

Homebuyers tend to look at using ICF construction for energy efficiency and strength.

BIM and ICFs: A winning combination

BIM and ICFs: A winning combination

Designing and specifying a high-performance building has never been easier, thanks to BIM.

ICFs helping protect these 8 waterfront homes

ICFs helping protect these 8 waterfront homes

Blocks used to help structures endure Mother Nature's fury while still promoting appealing aesthetics

ICFs speed up below-grade structures

ICFs speed up below-grade structures

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.

5 net-zero energy homes designed to inspire

5 net-zero energy homes designed to inspire

Projects prove sustainable construction achievable on multiple levels

Reduce construction time with ICFs

Reduce construction time with ICFs

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.

Use ICFs for log home foundations

Use ICFs for log home foundations

If you're thinking about building a log home, or other pre-fab or systems-built home, start with a strong foundation.

5 reasons to build homes with ICFs

5 reasons to build homes with ICFs

Solid foundation improves home's function

6 ways to build a better thermal envelope for your home

6 ways to build a better thermal envelope for your home

High-performance homes are using high-tech solutions wall systems that are like a mountain climber's parka that keeps the energy inside even in the harshest conditions.

How did this concrete panel home cut energy bills by 30%?

How did this concrete panel home cut energy bills by 30%?

The precast concrete structure was installed in just two working days, allowing the house to be under roof in less than two weeks.

Video | Insulated Concrete Form home designed to battle Texas tornadoes

Video | Insulated Concrete Form home designed to battle Texas tornadoes

Tests have shown that ICFs are able to withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour.

Mixed-Income 100-Unit Development Built With Passive House Standards and Resilient Features

Mixed-Income 100-Unit Development Built With Passive House Standards and Resilient Features

The project was also constructed with the resiliency features to provide added safety for residents during and after major storms.

Show Home Designed for Multigenerational Living

Show Home Designed for Multigenerational Living

The home’s finishes, features and functionality address a need for a bold new blend of form and function to inspire families.

ICF BIM Data Available for Building Pros

ICF BIM Data Available for Building Pros

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...

A Look Back: Best of 2017 Green Building Trends

A Look Back: Best of 2017 Green Building Trends

Here's a look back at some of the top trends of the past year, based on our conversations with builders, architects, manufacturers and other professionals in the industry.

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