ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms)

ICF is a system of forms for concrete usually made with a rigid thermal insulation.  The foam blocks will stay in place as a permanent substrate for walls, floors, and roofs adding for greater insulation. The blocks lock to each other as they are stacked and then filled with concrete. Kind of like Legos for builders.

ICF, or concrete homes, simply put are better built homes.  Though they do cost a bit more up front, we believe about 10%, the value and payback over the long run, usually 5-7 years, is quite beneficial.

Beautiful homes - From the exterior it is hard to even know a home is of concrete.  ICFs can be used to build virtually any home plan, using any finish; brick, stucco, siding, and more.

Built to last - All concrete homes are designed to exceed standard seismic codes and is recognized as a safer form of construction when hurricane, tornadoes, earthquakes or fire threatens.

Energy efficient - The mass of concrete slows down the transfer of heat and cold making your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer with less energy.

Lower maintenance - Two of the top causes of exterior maintenance are termites and rotting which concrete homes have a natural defense against.

Environmentally friendly - Building with concrete helps save our precious forests.  The amount of land used to extract the materials to make concrete is only a fraction of that used to cut down our forests for lumber.  Scrap tires and other combustible waste that would otherwise take valuable land in landfills are often used as a fuel source in the cement manufacturing process.

Quiet and comfortable - The greater mass of concrete can reduce sound penetrating through a wall by over 80% when compared to wood-frame construction. Although some sound will penetrate through windows, a concrete home is often two-thirds quieter than a wood-frame home.

Solid investments - ICF is stronger than stick built homes and safer in hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and fire.  Insurance companies usually offer discounts on premiums.

As the blocks are locked together metal rebar is placed in the blocks to add strength to the walls.

Walls are fully built and the foam blocks left still in place to provide the added insulation.

This is the completed ICF home built by Brabec Homes in Vancouver Washington.