Why ICFs

Owners of ICF-built homes or buildings are delighted with the quality of their structures. ICF homes and buildings are:

Sustainable – ICF homes and buildings are incredibly energy-efficient. The continuous insulation, thermal mass of the concrete and air-tight envelope all combine to create superior energy-efficiency in warm and cold climates.

Resilient – The steel reinforced concrete core in ICF buildings is resistant to fire, hurricanes, and tornadoes and can be engineered for all seismic conditions. For more information, watch our video on disaster resilient construction.

Comfortable – The foam and concrete structure of ICFs means the homes and buildings are quiet, draft-free and do not enable mold.

 

For builders, ICFs roll  6 separate construction steps into 1 simple process:

  • concrete
  • steel reinforcement
  • insulation
  • air barrier
  • vapor barrier
  • furring strips

Residential home builders can build their homes faster, with fewer callbacks and can build their own basements instead of subbing them out.

Commercial builders will find that fewer trades are required resulting in greater jobsite efficiency. Only simple handset tools are required saving the need for heavy and expensive equipment. ICFs are winter friendly so builders can build year-round and spend less on winter heat and hoarding costs.