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For many people, the greatest benefit of an ICF home is the peace of mind that comes with being surrounded by the strength of concrete and steel. Insulating Concrete Forms create a monolithic concrete wall that is 10 times stronger than wood framed structures.
In fire wall tests, ICFs stood exposure to intense flame without structural failure longer than did common frame walls. The extremely low flame spread and smoke development make ICF walls safer from the hazard of fire.
Built according to good practices, concrete homes can be among the safest and most durable types of structures in an earthquake. Homes built with reinforced concrete walls have a record of surviving earthquakes intact and structurally sound.
In severe weather, the walls of your ICF home provide protection for your family that is far superior to wood frame construction. A Texas Tech University study proves that walls built with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) withstand the damage and projectiles launched by tornado and hurricane strength winds. A Safe Room is the perfect complement to an ICF home.