Popular for both residential and commercial ICF construction, ICFs create homes and businesses that are energy-efficient, fire-resistant, sound-proof, and durable. Properly constructed, they are tornado and hurricane-proof, and stand up to earthquake, fire, and other natural disasters equally well. Many homes conserve energy so well that heating and cooling costs are reduced by 50-70 percent.
Because there are stringent energy-efficiency rules to follow today, more contractors are turning to ICF construction as a way to create buildings that meet the current codes. This structure is naturally more resistant to natural disasters as well, and it is useful in applications where there is a need for frost-protected shallow foundations. The first slabs of concrete formed to create the ICF process were invented in 1983. Now there are more than 20 million systems around the world which use this technology to provide thermal insulation, soundproofing, and improvements in the indoor air quality.