BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) vs Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU)

icf-vs-cmu-weightsICF walls are monolithic, concrete walls without joints, and are significantly stronger than those built with concrete blocks. BuildBlock ICF technology combines strong and long-lasting concrete and steel reinforcement with the superior insulation of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. This creates ICF structures that are more energy efficient, comfortable, durable, and safer than conventional construction methods.

ICF walls are very strong and can be engineered to bear substantially greater loads than concrete block walls both vertical and horizontal. ICF walls can support weights and spans distances that would otherwise require large steel or concrete columns.

BuildBlock ICFs are 16 inches tall and 48 inches long. A single ICF form creates the same size at 6 CMU blocks, is lightweight (7lbs), faster to stack, already insulated and furred. All in a single step. Not only does the light-weight nature of ICFs help speed construction time, it also creates a much safer environment for workers. This will result in fewer jobsite related injuries and lower workers compensation premiums.