CLT Wood vs Concrete

Concrete construction is one of the strongest and longest lasting forms of construction in the known world. Though many improvements have been made in technology, at the end of the day laminates, glues, and other materials used to create exotic wood based building materials just cannot withstand exposure to fire. Saving lives in the first…Read moreRead more

Building with Comfort in Mind? Why ICFs Are Better Than Wood

Building with comfort in mind? What’s the best choice of materials if you want to build a well-insulated, quiet home or building? Perhaps you’re building for the hospitality industry. Maybe you’re approaching retirement and want to build a quiet retreat for yourself. Whether you’re a builder, a homeowner or an architect, comfort is an important…Read moreRead more

ICF Basics for Commercial Installers Presentation at World of Concrete

ICFWE – ICF BASICS FOR COMMERCIAL INSTALLERS Tuesday, January 23 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Presenter: Bill Clymer At the World of Concrete Room N119 Session Code: ICFWE Registration Fee- $90 About the Presentation Join us for this new interactive training course designed for commercial contractors who are new to Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)….Read moreRead more

Saferooms Secure Rooms And Community Shelters

Net Zero Energy at Conventional Cost

This presentation explained the goal for this house is to show that aggressive performance goals can be achieved cost-effectively and that design and sustainability can co-exist.

The Basics of ICFs for Commercial Installers and Projects

This presentation covers the basics of ICFs for Commercial Installers and Projects.


This presentation discusses creating Stronger Safer Homes using the #Hurricane Strong In Breezy Point

Resilient Construction Disaster Durable Solutions™ by BASF by Joel W. May

This presentation, Resilient Construction Disaster Durable Solutions™ by BASF was presented by Joel W. May at the ICF Summit at the 2018 World of Concrete in Las Vegas. It discusses the cost and type of disasters and provides suggestion for building materials, construction methods and and strategies for resilience.

Just Slap It Up Right?

This presentation, Just Slap It Up Right? was presented at the ICF Summit at the 2018 World of Concrete in Las Vegas. It discusses the matierials, design and construction of high performance and disaster resilient homes.

ICF Mid-Rise Design Guide

This guide has been compiled by the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) which is a membership organization of ICF manufacturers and other stakeholders in concrete construction. The information presented herein has been collected from a cross-section of industry professionals who are dedicated to the construction of high-performance buildings that employ insulating concrete form (ICF) technology. This effort is only intended to pass along a pool of general knowledge that can assist in the design of ICF/Concrete buildings without endorsing any one ICF brand.

Information presented here is advisory in nature only, and is not meant to (replace, supplant) provisions contained in national or local building codes. In the event that information in this manual conflicts with any building code, the building code provision shall govern.

This is an architectural material selection design guide for the design and construction of multi-storey buildings utilizing insulating concrete forms. The framework of factors in the review and selection of building material involves specific categories, each with defining elements that create the advantages/disadvantages characteristics for inclusion in a project design.

This guide addresses each of these major categories and explains the characteristics and benefits of insulating concrete forms for each. We hope you will realize and appreciate after a review of this guide that insulating concrete forms are basically a simple concrete forming system that overachieves in any category, both as a building product and one of the main components of the building envelope.