How to Build: ICF Swimming Pools

Faster construction, more efficiency, and greater longevity. 

Insulating Concrete Forms are one of the most versatile building products on the market. They are frequently used for many structures including homes and commercial buildings and are growing in popularity for building swimming pools. BuildBlock customers have constructed retaining walls, fences and gates, fire pits and more. One increasing request for information has been ICF swimming pools. ICFs in swimming pools not only speed construction, but the insulating foam prevents more than 80% of the heat loss of the pool. This means it’s much cheaper to heat your pool, but also increases the length of the pool season.

Pools built with BuildBlock and BuildRadius ICFs reduce energy costs by more than 60% and extend the pool season making your investment even better.

Most heat is lost through the sides and bottom of a pool. Use the same materials as your custom home and enjoy real savings all year.

Learn the Basics of ICF Pool Construction

The greatest cost savings, though, are long-term. “Experts calculate that up to 80% of a pool’s heat is lost through the sides and bottom of the pool, due to the fact that the ground conducts heat far more efficiently than air does. Considering the surface areas involved, continuous insulation is the best choice.”

- ICF Builder Magazine, July 2013

Watch the ICF Pool Construction Webinar

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BuildCrete Pool Plaster

A Gigacrete product is perfectly suited as the waterproof coating and plaster directly applied to the EPS foam. Another full line of ICF pool construction products can be found at ICF pools are being built on many types of projects. Usually found in large custom homes, they are also found in community pools and as an energy efficient addition to existing homes as well. ICFs primary component is EPS foam. They are easily formed into almost any shape imaginable and since they form an extremely flat and smooth wall, they are easily finished.

BuildCrete Pool Plaster - BuildCrete Stucco

"ICfs have been used for swimming pools since the very beginning of the industry. In the past few years several manufacturers have created additional coatings and finishes specifically for ICFs that work well in pool environments too."

- icf builder magazine, july 2013

ICF Swimming Pool Engineering & Installation Manuals

BuildBlock ICF Swimming Pool Construction Manual
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BuildBlock Pool Engineering Manual
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BuildCrete Pool Plaster Finishing
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Building an ICF Pool is now even easier with BuildRadius ICF forms. Combine BuildRadius with BuildBlock forms to create any shape or style imaginable.

BuildRadius is a family of radius forms for use in ICF walls and pool construction. The BuildRadius forms create 2’, 4’, 8’, 12’, 16’, and 20’ arcs. Each of these blocks interlocks into any BuildBlock 6” product line and uses the standard BuildBlock webs.

Available in 6” widths initially, these forms are designed to ease construction of energy-efficient ICF pools, southwest style homes, bay windows, circular staircases, and provide options when designing unique areas in ICF homes.

See ICFs in action & learn more about building with icfs!

About BuildRadius


  • Faster Construction
  • Modular, Light-weight, Easy to use.
  • Easily Shaped, Modified and Stacked.
  • Environmentally Friendly, Low Waste
  • Easy Rebar Placement
  • More consistent wall finish


Most residential swimming pools are built in conjunction with custom homes and frequently when the owners choose to build with ICFs for longevity and reduced energy costs, they’ll choose an ICF pool for the same reason. This great simplifies construction and uses the same materials as their home.

Field Cut Radius

While BuildRadius is the fastest and easiest way to create curved walls for your pool, it is important to remember that field fabricated radii are also possible with all BuildBlock and BuildLock standard straight forms. View this CAD detail for specific information on how to create radius walls from straight forms or the BuildBlock Installation & Technical Manual.


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