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How Kentucky homeowners can stand up to tornadoes by building with ICFs

Many in Kentucky know first-hand the devastating power of tornadoes. Although the state has not always been part of tornado alley, you still experience tornadoes in Kentucky – and their consequences, like the December 2021 tornadoes that killed more than 50 people and damaged thousands of buildings and homes in the state.Extreme weather events like this are becoming more intense across North America, and so taking steps to protect your home and your loved ones is increasingly important. Building better One savvy means of protection from tornadoes is to build (or rebuild) using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) or to create a safe room with this material.ICFs provide a steel-reinforced, solid concrete wall that’s sandwiched between two layers of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation. This method of construction offers substantial improvements over traditional wood framing when it comes to disaster resilience.Here’s how ICF buildings stand up to the power of tornadoes. Continue reading full article here.

By |2024-05-23T13:50:58-05:00May 31, 2024|Featured, Technical|

ICFs vs. CMU: 7 Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about the similarities and differences between Insulated Concrete Form and concrete block construction methods as it relates to strength, ease of installation, cost, energy-efficiency and design versatility with these ICF versus CMU FAQs. What is the difference between Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) and Concrete Masonry Units (CMUs)? Both ICFs and CMUs are used for building basement and above-grade structural walls in residential and commercial construction. ICF blocks have two layers of expanded polystyrene (EPS) connected by a web system that are filled with concrete and steel-reinforced to increase the durability and energy efficiency of the structure. Nudura ICFs are available in straight forms, corners, and curves for added design flexibility.CMU walls are built by stacking cinder blocks, reinforcing with steel and securing with mortar. This system is not as strong as an ICF assembly and requires additional materials to waterproof the building envelope and achieve adequate thermal performance. The standard rectangular CMUs also limit the building’s design capabilities. Which is stronger, ICFs or CMUs? Insulated Concrete Form walls are more durable than CMU walls. The continuous insulation on the interior and exterior of the assembly helps the inner concrete cure more effectively for a monolithic, nearly impenetrable concrete core. [...]

By |2024-05-23T13:48:41-05:00May 24, 2024|Featured, Technical|

How To Ensure Robust Cellular Reception in ICF Homes

In an increasingly connected world, ensuring seamless cellular connectivity in buildings is very desirable. Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) homes, renowned for their energy efficiency and structural robustness, can sometimes pose challenges to cellular signal penetration due to their concrete walls. Luckily, there are quick and easy solutions. Why Can ICF Walls Interfere with Cellular Signals? The core issue stems from the concrete cores in the walls. The concrete core in the walls can significantly attenuate cellular signals, leading to poor reception or ‘dead zones’ within the building. How to Boost Cell Signal in ICF Homes and Buildings? Cellular signal boosters are devices designed to capture, amplify, and redistribute cellular signals within a building, effectively overcoming the attenuation caused by the building materials. By installing a cellular signal booster, you can ensure that the occupants enjoy robust cellular connectivity, irrespective of the building material impediments.   Logix ICF Multi-Family Build Tips for Improving Cell Signal in ICF Buildings Choose the Right Signal Booster: Select a booster compatible with the frequency bands used by the cellular service providers in the area. Strategic Installation: Install the external antenna of the booster in a location with good signal strength, typically on the roof or high on [...]

By |2024-03-06T09:03:32-06:00March 6, 2024|ICF Projects, Technical|

Optimizing ICF Wall Construction in Cold Weather: Ensuring Optimal Concrete Curing

Are you working with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) and facing a concrete pour on a cold day? Don’t worry! ICFs provide a significant advantage in maintaining ideal concrete curing temperatures, even in chilly conditions. This guide will take you through the best practices for pouring ICF walls in sub-zero temperatures, ensuring a smooth and successful process.Ensuring Proper Curing of Concrete in Cold Weather The key to successful concrete curing, especially in cold weather, is maintaining the right temperature. Standard practice requires maintaining a concrete mix at a minimum of 10°C (50°F) for at least 3 days or until it reaches 40% of its design strength. ICF walls naturally create an ideal curing environment by insulating the concrete and retaining heat from the hydration process. However, the top of the ICF wall remains exposed and vulnerable to cold weather, which can affect the curing process. Therefore, the primary focus when pouring concrete into ICF walls in cold weather should be on insulating the top of the wall.   Concrete poured into Logix ICF wall on a winter day Effective Insulation Methods for ICF Walls in Cold Weather Thermal Blankets: Utilize high R-Value thermal blankets to cover the top of the wall, [...]

By |2024-03-06T09:05:04-06:00March 6, 2024|Featured, Technical|

Beyond Foundations: Eco-friendly Projects That Benefit from ICFs

Building houses with insulated concrete forms is becoming increasingly popular, as demand for eco-friendly materials rises. Contractors are also realizing the many benefits of ICFs, which are faster to install and take up less space on the jobsite than wood, driving down the cost of labor and other expenses.But did you know that ICFs can also be used for much more than home foundations? The highly versatile material can be custom cut to the shape or radius you specify, making it ideal for a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Here are just a few of the many innovative examples: Swimming Pools More homeowners are choosing Nudura ICFs for outdoor living projects. Swimming pools are often built in conjunction with custom homes, so it is a natural fit to use ICFs for both. An article posted by ICF Builder Magazine suggested that swimming pools can lose up to 80% of their temperature through the sides and bottom, so building with ICFs will greatly reduce this heat loss due to their continuous insulation. Homeowners can reduce energy costs if they build with ICFs, which provide superior insulation and strength. ICF pools can also be custom made to accommodate any design, making them a great [...]

By |2024-03-06T09:05:35-06:00March 6, 2024|Featured, ICF Projects|
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