Busting common myths about insulated concrete forms (ICFs)

The use of insulated concrete forms (ICFs) is gaining momentum in the building industry. Boasting a variety of advantages, it is being adopted as the new standard for the construction of various types of buildings from single family homes to hotels and commercial structures. Builders, designers and architects are embracing this technology to keep their buildings as energy-efficient as possible while saving on construction time and costs. Nonetheless, several myths and misconceptions persist even today. Common myths regarding ICF construction No, ICFs are not only used for basements. Just like this misconception, there are several other myths that persist. Following are the most common that rapidly need to be busted: Too complicated Just like with any other construction techniques, ICFs should be installed by professionals. The truth is they are even easier for DIY than wood. According to Keven Rector at NUDURA, the manufacturers of an advanced version of the insulated concrete form (ICF), builders receive many workplace benefits using their system. “Built like Lego, the pre-assembled, interlocking blocks assure adherence to recent building code requirements; the ICFs require less shipping space and manpower than other methods; and the construction time is much faster than building with wood. Time-strapped builders [...]