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 are EPS foam forms that are stacked like blocks and filled with concrete. The foam forms stay in place, providing a layer of insulation on the inside and outside of a wall or foundation structure. The forms also deliver a layer of air tightness to the home and can be used as air and moisture barriers without additional wraps. Basically, an ICF home by its nature is a high-performance home and provides a fast, simple way to build.
At the 2017 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) High Performance Home Summit in Atlanta, Tom Patton, ICF consultant with Fox Blocks, talked about the rising interest in ICFs from homebuilders and other building professionals to create energy-efficient, resilient homes. The industry is working to train subcontractors on building with ICFs as an additional service they can offer to their clients.
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