Concrete homes – building with insulated concrete forms

In fact, since 1996 The Energy Value Housing Awards in the United States and the R-2000 Awards in Canada continue to attract attention from construction industry professionals. As Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) wall-systems start to dominate these awards, the thresholds are becoming more and more demanding. In test after test, Insulated Concrete Homes are proving they are here to stay.

Apparently, the rock fell from the top of the butte, bounced a few times like a rubber ball, then careened into the back wall of the house and the embankment up against it, which stopped its progress. Observers measured the boulder after the fact at about 12 feet by 16 feet by 16 feet. Luckily, his home was built out of concrete using ICFs. He survived.


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In 2005, Hurricane Katrina made history as the most devastating storm in U.S history. Pushed by 150-mph winds, a tidal surge estimated at 22 feet high swept through Alabama and Mississippi, wiping entire towns off the map. All that is left of one neighborhood outside Pass Christian, Miss., is row after row of concrete slabs—and one ICF home.

I believe the ICF wall saved my life, claims Mr. Ray Demczyk of Cape Coral, Florida. Early on the morning of June 26, 2004, as Mr. Demczyk and his wife slept inside their ICF home, a potential tragedy was unfolding outside. At approximately 2:00 A.M. an intoxicated driver was speeding down the Demczyk’s street, fell asleep at the wheel, and never noticed when his Pontiac Firebird left the road, became airborne, and slammed into the exterior wall of the Demczyk’s residence at a speed of 60 miles per hour. Stirred awake by a light thud, Mrs. Demczyk left her bedroom to identify some household object that had fallen to the floor.

Even though, the car was completely totaled, thankfully, the driver survived the collision without significant injuries. The strength of the home’s walls was evident when the cleanup was completed.With that impressive demonstration of strength, the Demczyk’s chose to stay put when Hurricane Charley roared through their town less than three months later.

You see, I have been in construction for most of my life. From roofing to flooring I have done it all! ICFs intrigued me as far back as 1994. At that time, the industry was in its infancy, and it was a relatively expensive way to build. There were only seven manufacturers, accounting for only 0.03% of the custom home market share in North America.

It increased from 0.8 percent in 1998 to 2.7 percent in 2001, according to the National Association of Home Builders . Additionally, the Insulating Concrete Form Association and Portland Cement Association predict ICFs will account for more than 12 percent of the custom home residential market in 2015. There are over 50 manufacturers in North America at present.

Breathe the clean air: Your home designed and built with a proper air filtration and fresh air exchange system; with no noisy furnace to circulate the dust around the house. Think of how much less dusting you will have to do, or how you or someone in your family will be protected from frequent asthma attacks. Heat recovery ventilator will take care of that.

Imagine heating and cooling bills being half of what you’d expect: Drafts virtually eliminated, and carbon dioxide emissions from your heating unit significantly reduced. The concrete in your walls makes an excellent “heat sponge” that stops winter temperatures cold (if you pardon the pun). Insulated concrete forms, radiant floor heating, 98% efficient on-demand water heater, and upgraded insulation will take care of that.