| by David Morris
Build custom and semi-custom homes with ICFs

Home buyers aren't satisfied with the same old house anymore. They want something a little extra for their investment. Builders can set themselves apart by building a better home with insulated concrete forms.

Although they've been around for over 40 years, ICFs are just now moving from a niche product to one that's ready for mainstream building practices. Some developers are designing all-ICF neighborhoods targeted at buyers who are looking for an energy-efficient, high-quality home. Of course, ICFs are still a favorite option for custom builders who cater to a clientele that expect only the best.

The ICF developments are proving that it can be cost competitive with frame-built houses. ICFs can help builders fight rising materials costs and the labor shortage. It doesn't take as many people to erect an ICF wall as it does a frame wall. It can also be faster.

Builders will have to educate the buyer about the benefits of an ICF home. Understand your buyer's values. A young family will look for different things than an older buyer will. Know what design features your buyers truly value and which are only nice to have.
One of the key messages is that an ICF home can use any cladding that would appear on a wood frame home, including siding, brick, or EIFS. The only visual clue that it's an ICH home may be the deep windowsills and doorframes.

Also, the National Association of Home Builders reports that the ICF builders tend to have fewer callbacks due to the quality and comfort of the homes.

Designing homes for ICFs can help deliver a better home through energy-efficient, sustainable building.

This blog was developed by Fox Blocks. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.

Topics: Building Green, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF

Companies: Fox Blocks

David Morris
A Detroit native, David T. Morris, LEED® Green Associate, used his drive for entrepreneurship, innovation & new product development to develop a patented product and later took a new building product to market. In 2012, he became U.S. East Regional Manager with Fox Blocks, a division of Airlite Plastics Company, managing ICF sales in seven states. Since 2006, David has delivered more than 140 IFA/ICF training seminars to contractors, plus another 120 presentations to architects and engineers. He is a featured speaker and SME on High-Performance Buildings, and his efforts have resulted in environmentally friendly construction being specified for residential, commercial, and institutional buildings throughout the country.

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