(INSULATED CONCRETE FORMS)
- Energy savings 70% savings in energy consumption and costs (good for your pocketbook and the environment)
- Cost ICF Construction is equal to or less than standard building costs. (You won't spend more to build)
- Disaster Resistant Tornado, hurricane and earthquake resistant (keeping your family and belongings safe and sound)
- Air infiltration 75% reduction in outside air infiltration (less dust and allergens)
- Green construction Building with ICFs saves at least 10 trees per home
- Comfort Your ICF Home will be four times more comfortable than standard construction.
- Use any finish ICFs can be used to build virtually any home plan, using any finish – brick, stucco, siding, and more.
- 5 times quieter Five times quieter than a wood-frame home
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Frequently asked questions
How much will I save?
Houses built with ICF exterior walls require an estimated 44% less energy to heat and 32% less energy to cool than comparable frame houses. The bigger the house, the bigger the savings. In colder areas of the U.S. and Canada, heating savings will be more and cooling savings less. In hotter areas, heating savings will be less and cooling savings more.
The smaller heating and cooling equipment needed for such an energy-efficient house can cut construction costs by an estimated $500 to $2,000. The biggest equipment savings come with the houses that have the most energy savings.
Why Choose Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs)?
Insulated Concrete form structures are much more comfortable, quiet, and energy-efficient than those built with traditional construction methods. Use the menu on the right for more details about the advantages of insulated concrete form homes and buildings.
Congratulations on deciding to build your new home. As you begin formulating the plans for your new home, there seems to be no end to the number of choices you have to make. It’s natural to pour hours of time and effort into choosing the right paint, wall coverings, exterior finish and other aesthetics for your new home. But first take some time to decide what will be inside those walls.
What are Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs)
Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) are hollow foam blocks which are stacked into the shape of the exterior walls of a building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. Insulated concrete forms combine one of the finest insulating materials, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), with one of the strongest structural building materials, steel reinforced concrete. The result is a wall system of unmatched comfort, energy efficiency, strength and noise reduction.
Insulating Concrete Forms… Easy. Affordable. Unbeatable.
The model below shows you how the outside walls of your home look when you build with ICFs. The blocks are stacked to the height of your walls, reinforced with steel rebar, filled with concrete and then brick, stucco, rock, or siding it attached to the outside. On the inside your plumbing and electrical are run through the foam itself after the walls is poured. Drywall, plaster or stucco is attached to the inside, then finished with trim, flooring, and other finishes. In the end your home looks like any other, but performs 1,000% better.
If ICFs are so great, why isn’t everyone using them?
The answer is two-part and simple:
First, though ICF technology has been around for years and is continually improving in both function and affordability, it’s still relatively unknown to the general public and traditional homebuilders. There’s no doubt you’ll see more and more ICF construction as people become educated about its many benefits.
Second, building an ICF home ultimately benefits you, the home buyer, not necessarily the homebuilder. Obviously, a builder benefits from the increased satisfaction his customers experience with an ICF home, but that’s a long-term payoff. In the short run, it costs more to build, it’s less familiar to them, and frankly, it’s less profitable than slapping up a good old wood frame home. So a home builder who is unfamiliar with ICFs is not going to educate you about this far superior option. However, a home builder who is experienced with ICF will vouch for the many advantages of ICFs for both builder and buyer.
- What’s the difference between insulating concrete forms and insulated concrete forms? Insulated and insulating concrete forms are the same. We generally use insulating because the insulation is continuous and ongoing throughout the life of the home.