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.
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.
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. After researching different construction techniques, they were most intrigued by insulated...
In many climate zones, cold weather can delay construction with concrete. When the temperature drops, it's often best to delay a pour. But insulated concrete forms solve most if not all the problems of cold weather construction.
Sometimes people simply fall in love with a floor plan or a home design. They can see themselves living and loving, turning a house plan into their own family refuge. An insulated concrete form home can make that refuge safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient than your standard stick built home
We get homeowners and builders asking whether insulated concrete forms are a good choice for their home. The short answer is almost always, "Yes!" People typically think of ICFs for colder climates, where the value of insulation is understood. But the same principles of insulation and air sealing hold true in warmer climates, too.
One of the benefits of an insulated concrete form wall is that the concrete and foam are not affected by water. However, the foam insulation can create conditions that lead to formation of moisture that could lead to mold, mildew or rot in other components such as wood framing and drywall.
If you're thinking about building a high performance home, you should strongly consider choosing insulated concrete forms for your wall system. Here are a few of the tops reasons that make ICF a good choice.
For a general contractor or other building professional, insulated concrete forms can add another product to your portfolio and help you deliver better homes for your customers. If you're a homebuyer considering an ICF home, here are a few things to know.
Society is looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, from renewable energy to energy-efficient homes. Making buildings more efficient is one of the most cost-effective ways we have to reduce energy use and the resulting carbon footprint.
For home builders looking to deliver a high performance home that meets the criteria for green building programs such as ENERGY STAR, Zero Energy Ready, LEED, or the National Green Building Standard, insulated concrete forms are an attractive opportunity.
Insulated concrete forms are one of the fastest growing construction methods in the country. But there are still some misconceptions about this proven method. Here's a look at three aspects of the real ICF story.