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.

Type: White Paper

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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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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.

Build with ICFs for Fire Safety

Build with ICFs for Fire Safety

In addition to energy savings and quiet comfort, another reason to build insulated concrete forms is resistance to fire.

Build with ICFs in Cold Climates

Build with ICFs in Cold Climates

Using insulated concrete forms for walls and/or foundations can help builders extend their building season, and deliver energy-efficient buildings as well.

Interest in ICFs Growing as Builders Look for High Performance Options

Interest in ICFs Growing as Builders Look for High Performance Options

As energy codes and consumer interest drive growth in high-performance home buildings, insulated concrete forms provide an attractive alternative to wood-frame construction.




ICFs Turning Up in Award Winning Homes

ICFs Turning Up in Award Winning Homes

For builders looking for ways to create high-performance homes efficiently, insulated concrete forms may be the answer. As the name implies, ICFs are EPS foam forms filled with concrete to form walls and foundations for home residential and commercial buildings....




Small to Medium Builders Adopt ICFs for Basements

Small to Medium Builders Adopt ICFs for Basements

We've been talking with builders who are moving toward ICFs for foundations and basements, away from poured concrete or block walls. There are a couple of reasons that builders are making the switch.

ICF Education & Training for Builders

ICF Education & Training for Builders

For many builders, building with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) is still a new technology. Builders can take advantage of free education and training programs that ICF manufacturers offer to the trades.

ICF Homes Stand the Test of Time

ICF Homes Stand the Test of Time

At nearly 2,000 years old, the Colosseum in Rome is one of the oldest standing structures in the world. What is it made of? Concrete.

Training and Education Available for ICFs

Training and Education Available for ICFs

For builders who want to know more about building with insulated concrete form construction, there are numerous resources -- often free -- available. They don't have to tackle it alone.

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