When it comes to home construction, what you're building with is every bit as important as what you're building. Insulation, strength, and energy efficiency all come into play when choosing a construction material, and the end result depends squarely on your choice.

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) have taken the lead in the construction industry in recent years, and with good reason. These lightweight, durable materials are a strong alternative to traditional steel or wood frames, offering a range of benefits. Let's take a closer look:

What Are Insulated Concrete Forms?

Insulated concrete forms (ICF) are interlocking hollow foam blocks, used for construction. These are stacked into the shape of an exterior building wall, before being reinforced with steel rebar and filled with concrete. ICFs combine Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) with steel reinforced concrete for improved energy efficiency and durability. They're also extremely effective for noise reduction.

ICF benefits include:

  • Energy efficiency and low maintenance

  • Environmentally friendly structures

  • 51+ - STC ratings for quieter spaces

  • Strength, increased security, and termite resistance

  • Fire ratings of up to four hours

  • Lowered insurance premiums

  • Better air quality, for improved mold and mildew resistant