Do Building Codes Require ICF Installers To Be Certified? The Answer is NO and Here’s Why.

Hello, builders, contractors and building officials! In some municipalities there is some question as to if an ICF installer requires a certification (sometimes referred to as a Wallet Card). Well, here’s some good news: according to the key standards for ICFs like ASTM E2634, CAN-ULC 717.1, and even the national building codes, there's no requirement for ICF installers to be certified. That’s right – whether you're working under the guidelines of the IBC for commercial buildings or the NBC and IRC for residential projects, having a certificate in your pocket isn’t required. Let’s explore why this is the case and what it means for your day-to-day work. The Lowdown on ICF Standards and Building Codes First things first, the formal regulations – the prevailing standards that govern ICF construction, and the engineering specs derived under PCA 100, don’t require or even reference certified ICF installers. Even in situations where the IBC calls for special inspections, it’s not exclusive to ICF projects, and these inspections can be carried out by anyone deemed competent, certification or not. Why the Lack of Certification Requirement Makes Sense Keeping Costs in Check Mandatory certifications can drive up expenses and limit the pool of available skilled [...]

By |2024-05-27T15:19:56-05:00May 27, 2024|Miscellaneous|

How to Flash a Flanged Window in an ICF Wall (8 Simple Steps)

Window opening are a significant weak point in any wall’s envelope. And make no mistake, ICF walls are also vulnerable to water ingress through window openings — especially those that aren’t properly flashed. But the good news is that conventional flashing methods work equally well in wood-frame and ICF walls alike. And if you want a particularly robust barrier against water ingress, you have more options to beef up your window assembly even further. The article below lists the eight, relatively straightforward steps for flashing a flanged window assembly in an ICF wall. What’s more, our guide walks you through an optional technique — one that will take your mind off of infiltrating rainwater for good. How to Flash a Flanged Window in a Logix ICF Wall in 8 Easy Steps Flashing a flanged window in a Logix ICF wall is a straightforward process, as you’ll see below. Your biggest worry should be creating an adequate drainage channel at the bottom of the flange. Another key thing to note is that the flashing elements must be overlapped together correctly. 1. Install Sill Pan Flashing The first step in flashing a flanged window is to install sill pan flashing, which blocks [...]

By |2023-09-22T14:45:19-05:00July 12, 2023|Featured, Miscellaneous, Video|

ICFMA Members Support NRMCA Build With Strength Future Schools Summit

ICFMA Members Support NRMCA Build With Strength Future Schools Summit by D.C. Mangimelli, Business Development Advisor – Fox Blocks The ICFMA and several member companies participated in the recent Future Schools Summit, a resilient and high-performance schools symposium held at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This successful three-day event was held November 1st-3rd, 2022, and was organized by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), Build with Strength (BWS) coalition. The audience included; architects, design professionals, civil and structural engineers, school board members, general contractors, building envelope professionals, mechanical engineers, and several state NRMCA representatives. All desired to learn more and share experiences about the holistic approach of Net Zero Energy (NZE) or near NZE school buildings. These buildings are constructed utilizing updated modern building components like ICF as the basis of design for the building envelope. When discussing the many features and benefits that ICFs provide for school buildings, the speakers shared common experiences. Including First cost savings; cost performance when evaluated against Steel Frame or CMU; reduced construction timelines, long-term maintenance cost savings, extreme energy efficiency lowering utility costs; high sound attenuation (quieter) creating a less distracting learning environment; and increased life, safety and security [...]

By |2022-12-28T15:07:54-06:00December 28, 2022|Miscellaneous|

Green homes in high demand ICF construction adding the most value in today’s growing market

It’s not the beautiful open-spaced chef’s kitchen equipped with the latest high-end appliances nor the opulent, lavish on-suite bathroom with luxurious finishes and fixtures.  The key feature of building a home with the highest potential to increase its long-term property value is none other than insulated concrete form construction.  According to Keven Rector at NUDURA, a leader in building with insulated concrete forms (ICFs), the real estate industry is all a buzz about the rise in popularity of ICF built homes due to the long-term value this building method can bring to a home. As a result, these homes are becoming more lucrative options for buyers, investors, and the real estate industry. What are ICF homes? There are homes built with an ultra-durable insulated building envelope made up of ICF walls, which consist of two panels of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam connected with NUDURA’s patented web system that is made of 100 percent recycled material.  ICFs are then stacked, steel-reinforced, and filled with concrete to complete the home’s building envelope in one efficient building step. Continue reading.

By |2020-04-07T12:32:25-05:00April 28, 2020|Miscellaneous|

Using Custom Forms to Meet Design Requirements

At NUDURA, we will still receive questions or comments about how ICFs, as shape-molded forms, can satisfy architects’ custom designs. We know that every building comes with many sets of circumstances and different conditions that may require a specialty block or two. We’ve developed our forms with that knowledge top-of-mind. Here’s a quick breakdown of a few of our different specialty forms and accessories, and when you might use them: CORNER FORMS: Ninety-degree and/or 45-degree corner forms are necessary for almost any design. TAPER-TOP FORMS: If your project requires additional bearing to support a floor system, these forms will allow concrete to flow to the interior and exterior edges. BRICK LEDGE FORMS: Support the heavy loads of brick and nearly any other type of cladding material with these forms. Continue reading here.

By |2020-04-07T12:27:44-05:00April 21, 2020|Miscellaneous|
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