What is ICF
Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) construction use hollow foam form blocks made with a superior insulating material, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) which are stacked into the shape of the exterior walls, reinforced with steel rebar and then filled with concrete. The result is an air-tight and highly insulated wall system of unmatched comfort, energy efficiency, noise reduction, pest and fire resistant, and durable to the harshest weather conditions. In seismic zones ICF structures can provide protection during earthquake activity.
ICF construction are commonly used for industrial buildings, hotels, schools, shopping centers, warehouses, hospitals, clean-room manufacturing, government facilities, condominiums and apartment complexes. Other ICF applications are swimming pools, retaining walls and water towers.
The model to the right depicts how the outside walls look when you build with ICFs. The blocks are stacked to the height of your walls, reinforced with steel rebar, filled with concrete and then with stucco, brick, siding or rock is attached to the outside. On the inside, the plumbing and electrical are run through the foam after the walls are poured. Drywall, plaster or stucco is attached to the inside, then finished with trim, flooring and other finishes. The end result is that your home looks like any other but performs 1,000% better.