energy-efficient

ICFs and the Net Zero Design Push

The Building Science community continues to push for more stringent energy codes. Increases in insulation requirements and airtightness have become the primary mechanism to achieve higher performance. Buildings are required to use less overall energy, and where they require energy are asked to supply it themselves. Net-zero compliance is a hot topic in many North…Read more

Concrete making a comeback and for good reasons

Concrete has been used for construction since the ancient Egyptians. After World War II, it was used as a staple material for rapid reconstruction. But in the 1980s, builders and architects grew tired of the concrete jungles and it simply went out of style. However, today, it’s making a comeback in an even better and…Read more

Concrete walls emerging as green trend in new construction

With today’s mandate of building tighter, more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly homes, builders are constantly looking for durable and energy-efficient materials for the construction of their new building projects.The combination of these rising energy requirements and fuel costs mean that they need to make the most of the latest advances in building technology.With the continuous…Read more

Multifamily Mid-Rise Homes

This presentation was presented by Jill Lewis Smith, AIA, NCARB and prepared by Civic Consultants Inc. for the 2017 ICF Summit at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas, NV. This presentation discussed the role of materials in mid-rise multi-family construction.

ICF Design Guide for Multi-storey Buildings

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)…Read more

Build With Strength: Chesapeake Village Center, Stephensville, MD

An NRMCA Build With Strength Concrete Design Center Project The NRMCA Build With Strength Concrete Design Center provides information, expertise and resources for commercial mid-rise projects. Connecting architects, engineers, and material experts to create structures that are strong, resilient, extremely energy efficient and cost effective to construct.