Concrete Homes Built Using The Insulating Concrete Form

Concrete Homes Save 50% or more on your energy bill!

Protect your family with a high fire and earthquake resistant structure.

Pay only 3-5% more than stick built.

Save on maintanence. Lasts forever!

Get all the beauty of regular homes.

Enjoy 75% more quietness.

Why build any other way?

Benefits of Concrete

Concrete homes have walls built with insulating concrete forms (ICFs) give a house superior comfort, solidity, durability, resistance to natural disasters, quietness, and energy efficiency.

Use of ICFs in concrete homes is growing rapidly. They offer both home buyers and home builders a superior alternative to wood frame walls.

What are insulating concrete forms?

ICFs are hollow "blocks" or "panels" made of plastic foam that construction crews stack into the shape of the walls of a building.

The workers then fill the center with reinforced concrete to create the structure. There are over 20 brands of ICFs in North America, each with some variations in design and materials.

ICF construction sandwiches a heavy, high-strength material (reinforced concrete) between two layers of a light, high-insulation one (foam).

This combination creates a wall with an unusually good combination of desirable properties: air tight-ness, strength, sound attenuation, insulation, and mass.

How does the home owner benefit?

Comfort. Houses built with ICF walls have a much more even temperature throughout the day and night. They have virtually no "cold spots", and sharply fewer drafts.

Solidity. The rigidity of concrete construction reduces the flex in floors and cuts shifting and vibration from the force of the wind or the slamming of a door.

Concrete homes survive high-force winds like hurricanes far better than wood homes. And when properly reinforced, they should also withstand earthquakes well.

Quietness. About one-sixth as much sound gets through an ICF wall compared with an ordinary frame wall. This sharply cuts the intrusion of noise from outside.

Energy efficiency. The superior insulation, air tightness, and mass of the walls cut the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling by 30-40%.

This can save $200-300 per year in a typical home. In addition, it allows the installation of smaller heating and cooling equipment. That can reduce the initial cost of a house by over a thousand dollars.

Design flexibility. ICF houses can be completed with almost any interior and exterior finishes and can take any shape as easily as wood frame. In fact, some interesting effects, such as curved walls and frequent corners, can be less expensive to build into an ICF home.

Tech Briefs

ICF Homes Save Energy-comparative energy savings of insulating concrete form construction over conventional frame construction

Fire Resistance of ICF Homes-the fire and flame spread ratings of concrete form construction
Plastic Foams for ICF Homes-the various types of plastic foams used for insulating concrete forms

The Quality of Concrete Costs Little More-the cost of insulating concrete form construction versus wood frame construction

Comfort and Quiet With Concrete Homes-the dramatic reduction of sound penetration

ICF Homes: Built-in Safety-research on concrete to determine its effectiveness in resisting wind driven debris from tornadoes or hurricanes.

Side by Side Comparison: A Quality ICF Home for Only 3% More-building a new house with concrete exterior walls will add roughly 3 percent sale

ICF Homes Stand Up TO Earthquakes-concrete homes can be among the safest and most durable types of structures during an earthquake.

Mold and Moisture-the hot topic in the home building industry today.

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