ICFs are ideal for FEMA storm shelters and safe rooms

| by Troy Gibson
ICFs are ideal for FEMA storm shelters and safe rooms

A viable option to protect the occupants of a building is a storm shelter. Not everyone can build their entire house of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), so instead adding a storm shelter to the existing house or structure can be the difference between lives saved and lives lost. And owners of them usually have peace of mind knowing they are sheltered from the storm.

If you are not of the mindset to make your entire structure a safe zone, then you should at least consider a FEMA approved safe room. ICFs are ideal for these applications as well.

Two FEMA Storm Standards for Safe Rooms

FEMA 320 Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business. This standard is for residential storm rooms. Residential and in-residence applications are called residential safe rooms.

FEMA 361 Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms and/or the ICC/NSSA ICC-500 Storm Shelter Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters for the community. Community and other non-residential applications are called community shelters or safe rooms. This standard has been developed for a building, structure, or portion(s) of a building designated for use during a severe wind storm such as a hurricane or tornado.

Fox Blocks is a leader in developing and manufacturing Industrial Strength Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). As the fastest growing manufacturer in North America, Fox Blocks is known best for its ease of use, product engineering and speed of construction. For more information please visit www.FoxBlocks.com.


Topics: Building Green, Foundations, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF

Companies: Fox Blocks



Troy Gibson
Troy Gibson has over 8 years of creative and strategic marketing management experience, ranging from sports marketing to retail marketing. He has been a part of the ICF industry for 6 years and is an USGBC LEED Green Associate. He focuses his efforts on communicating the benefits of a premium building envelope. Troy has a B.S. of Marketing from Northwest Missouri State and has a wife and child to occupy his free time.

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