Insulating Concrete Forms create a monolithic concrete wall that is 10 times stronger than wood framed structures. The greatest benefit of an ICF home is the peace of mind that comes with being surrounded by the strength of concrete and steel.
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 firewall 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.
Debris driven by high winds presents the greatest hazard to homeowners and their homes during tornadoes and hurricanes. Recent laboratory testing at the Wind Engineering Research Center, Texas Tech University, compared the impact resistance of residential concrete wall construction to conventionally framed walls. The frame walls failed to stop the penetration of airborne hazards. The concrete walls successfully demonstrated the strength and mass to resist the impact of wind-driven debris.
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.
An ICF Safe Room provides protection from winds as high as 250 mph. BuildBlock safe rooms are created by building any room (such as the master bedroom closet) with ICF walls, pouring a concrete “lid” on top, and installing a steel door. Not only does it keep your family safe, a closet Safe Room is a fire-resistant storage area for your valuables and heirlooms. A Safe Room is a perfect complement to an ICF home.