Why ICFs Are a Favorite Green Buildng Material

Written by Master Builder on . Posted in Concrete, Icf building blocks, Icf building material

When it comes to green design and energy efficient homes, the future is already here. Architects and builders are redefining home design to provide better insulation and better ventilation, which make homes more comfortable and healthier. And they’re relying on an building material that has been around since the 1960s. One of the most useful green building materials is ICF or insulated concrete forms, which can be used for walls and floors.

What are ICF forms?
ICF forms have been used for home construction since the 1960s. The first patent was granted to Canadian contractor in 1966. Basically, ICFs are hollow boxes of foam, which are stacked to build the structure, and then filled with concrete to give it strength. This actually makes ICF one of the strongest buildings materials, capable of withstanding hurricane-force winds, earthquakes and tor