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.

ICFs are ideal for FEMA storm shelters and safe rooms

ICFs are ideal for FEMA storm shelters and safe rooms

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...

ICF Tech Bulletin: Avoiding drywall cracks

ICF Tech Bulletin: Avoiding drywall cracks

Fox Blocks addresses many of the common inquiries of ICF professionals and put them in easy to use topics. Hopefully they can help to educate the ICF community on how to build with ICFs properly.

Thermal mass wall basics

Thermal mass wall basics

What is thermal mass? Well, it’s basically a substance’s ability to resist fluctuations in temperature, which means it takes a lot of energy to heat a substance and a lot of energy to cool it. A good example of this is a concrete sidewalk in the summer.

Strength of concrete

Strength of concrete

Waking up to the sound of a drunk driver crashing into your house can be disturbing–and there are plenty of other words to describe the sensation. I know exactly what that’s like.

The sound of silence. Acoustics matter with ICFs.

The sound of silence. Acoustics matter with ICFs.

I like to have quiet when I work. That’s always been the case. I think it happened because I grew up in a finished basement with concrete walls that were insulated and finished, and which kept the outside world away from me and my thoughts (except for the herd of elephants–aka, my family–tromping around upstairs).

Seal the building envelope

Seal the building envelope

Springtime weather brings about sudden shifts. And the trumpeters announcing these sudden shifts are typically gale-force winds. The importance of an air barrier during such shifts can’t be understated.

Insulation for the Building Envelope

Insulation for the Building Envelope

Previously, the idea of a jacket was brought up as an analogy to describe the building envelope. Specifically, the notion of an air barrier preventing wind from whisking away heat and affecting occupancy comfort was used.

An energy efficient home with ICFs is greater than the sum of its parts

An energy efficient home with ICFs is greater than the sum of its parts

A building is the sum of its parts. That has always been true, and it will always be true. When it comes to sustainable or green buildings, though, the importance of every part becomes magnified.

ICF construction eliminates mold and moisture in your wall

ICF construction eliminates mold and moisture in your wall

Indoor air quality (IAQ) has always been an important issue, whether or not we’ve realized it. However, as construction techniques have advanced and as we’ve come to have an increased emphasis on energy efficiency due to costs, IAQ has become a primary focus.

Comfort with insulating concrete forms

Comfort with insulating concrete forms

If you’re one of the many who live in the Midwest, Northeast or any other region that has a strong difference between the seasons, then you know full well how crazy the weather can be in late winter/early spring.

Waste and insulated concrete forms

Waste and insulated concrete forms

There are definitely times when you’re happy to get more than you really need - days off from work, an extra helping of dessert, or in the case of green building, LEED or points.

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