Insulated Concrete Form construction has gained momentum in recent years, thanks to a new emphasis on cost-effective, energy-efficient buildings. Even with the increased interest and attention, most people still believe that ICFs are only used in basements. That is simply not true anymore. In fact, ICFs create a variety of structures throughout the construction industry.…
Deforestation & Tree Harvesting in Wood Frame Construction: What's The Alternative? A few hundred years ago, wood was the primary source of fuel in England, and had been for centuries before that. However, as the population boomed, the demand for wood was quickly eating up the island's forests. Then alternative fuels like natural gas and…
The fact that California leads the nation in environmentally friendly construction is no surprise. As a state, California does more for environmental stewardship than most countries. The latest push from the state Energy and Public Utilities Commissions is a new residential “Zero Net Energy Action Plan” designed to make all new homes zero net energy…
Building with ICF contributes to a structure's energy efficiency; a fact that contributes to making a building "greener". This article describes how ICF construction can contribute to getting tax credits or tax incentives. There are incentives for achieving environmental certifications as well. For many years, the United States government and some states have offered incentives…
Building a structure with Insulated Concrete Forms is an option for pursuing a number of health and energy benefits. This article is about the potential to maximize indoor air quality by using ICF components in residential and commercial buildings. Stress from noise pollution and health problems related to poor indoor air quality are issues all…
Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) contribute significantly to the quest for a NetZero home, a residence that produces as much energy as it consumes. NetZero designs rely on two key components, 1) the use of renewable energy on-site, and 2) excellent insulation. On March 27, 2017, the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICFMA) released findings of…

Written by Allie Devlin Sustainable. A cliché we hear too often, yet never enough in a meaningful way. Wood is considered by many to be a sustainable building material. However, wood is deemed sustainable almost solely because it’s renewable. In reality, it’s not an ideal building material and certainly not meant to “sustain” itself for…

One of the biggest reasons for implementing insulated concrete forms into a design plan is because of the increased energy efficiency compared to traditional stud framing methods. The task of reducing your carbon footprint falls on all homeowners, but especially those who are building new. Although there may be some premature worries about added cost…