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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.

Type: Guide

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.

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Sponsor: Fox Blocks

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. After researching different construction techniques, they were most intrigued by insulated...

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Fox Blocks

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Cold Weather Construction with ICFs

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.

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.

Are There Home Plans for ICF Houses?

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

Is an ICF Home the Right Choice for My Climate Zone?

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.

Managing Building Envelope Moisture with ICFs

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.

What Homeowners Need to Know About Building With ICFs

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.

Use ICF Systems That Provide a Full Envelope

An insulated concrete form (ICF) system should wrap a home in a full thermal envelope of foam and concrete, but in some systems there are small but vital gaps.

What Builders Need to Know About ICFs

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.

ICFs reduce a home's carbon footprint

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.

Benefits of ICFs beyond energy efficiency

Insulated concrete forms are known for reducing home energy demands by 25 percent or more for heating and cooling. Here are some other benefits with ICF construction that many people overlook.

Choosy green builders choose ICFs

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.

Busting 3 myths about ICF construction

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.

Look at ICF total cost for wall construction decisions

The growth of insulated concrete form construction for both walls and foundations reflects homebuilders' interest in delivering greater value to homebuyers while keeping construction costs in check.

Boral brick showcased in Proud Green Home of Louisville

Built with sustainability and longevity in mind, the Proud Green Home of Louisville was wrapped with a brick exterior that also fits with its Italianate design.

Resilient and Fortified homes gain storm protection with ICFs

The housing industry is beginning to understanding that homes must be built stronger to save lives and break the cycle of devastation.

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