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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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.

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Green building in Canada turning to ICFs

Green building in Canada turning to ICFs

Builders in Canada are turning to insulated concrete forms to meet updates in the National Building Code.

Tiny houses are mighty with ICFs

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.

Builders shift from poured walls to ICFs for basements

Builders shift from poured walls to ICFs for basements

While poured walls are still the most common system basement walls, insulated concrete forms are gaining ground in many areas.

ICFs can cost less than traditional construction

ICFs can cost less than traditional construction

One of the questions we always hear is, how much does an ICF home cost?

Build custom and semi-custom homes with ICFs

Build custom and semi-custom homes with ICFs

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.

Builders can tap ICF training

Builders can tap ICF training

There is plenty of free or low-cost training available for architects and contractors to learn how to design and build ICF structures.

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.

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