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Thank you for considering BuildBlock insulating concrete forms for your new home! We've designed this website with you in mind. It's packed full of information to help you research your options.
As you begin formulating the plans for your new home, there seems to be no end to the number of choices you have to make. It's natural to pour hours of time and effort into choosing the right paint, wall coverings, exterior finish and other aesthetics for your new home. But first take some time to decide what will be inside those walls.
Traditional wood-frame construction can't compare to the safety, permanence, and energy efficiency of walls built with insulating concrete forms. To learn the many benefits of an ICF home, start in our Why ICFs section.
While energy savings of 10 – 15% can be achieved by improving appliances, lighting, and HVAC equipment, there is no doubt that more significant savings must start with improvements to the building envelope. Increasing the insulation values and tightening up the thermal envelope is the most effective and durable approach. This has been proven time and again with advanced building systems, such as Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). Additional savings for building with green materials can be achieved through government incentive programs. Please visit www.dsireusa.org to see your state's incentive programs. More Detail: (PDF)
A common question home buyers ask is, "If ICFs are so great, why isn't everyone using them?" The answer is two-part and simple:
However, a home builder who is experienced with ICF will vouch for the many advantages of ICFs for both builder and buyer. And, generally, because of the minor learning curve on ICF construction and the great technical support available, many builders you choose would probably be willing to use ICFs at your request.
If you're already familiar with ICFs, see our Why BuildBlock page to see how BuildBlock stacks up against the competition. Then, contact us and we'll help you locate ICF home plans, architects, builders, and everything you need to make your ICF dream home a reality.