What is ICF?
ICF is a strong, “green” way to construct buildings. Short for Insulated Concrete Forms, ICF has been around since the 1950s, but only grown in popularity in recent years.
The ICF construction process uses lightweight, hollow blocks that connect to each other. The ICF blocks are made from EPS (expanded polystyrene) and are typically 48 inches long, 16 inches high, and 11.25 inches wide. Each block has an interlocking tongue and groove system which makes it easy to stack them perfectly. When the ICF blocks are stacked in a “brick stack” pattern, optimal strength is achieved.
Depending on local building codes (which vary across Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Indiana), reinforcing steel may be placed vertically and horizontally, on one-foot to four-foot centers. Once this rebar is placed, concrete is poured into the top of the wall and is consolidated with a “pencil” vibrator to achieve maximum strength.
ICF can be used as a wall system to construct basements, swimming pools, retaining walls, and more. ICF construction can also be applied to entire building projects, including homes and multi-story commercial buildings (such as low-rises and mid-rises).
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