Why Use ICF


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Homes today have to be more than just esthetically pleasing, they have to provide benefits. Open the door to a NUDURA home and see how you can enjoy greater comfort, safety, energy efficiency, and a healthier and more eco-friendly Insulated Concrete Form house.



A NUDURA Insulated Concrete Form home is built to last and retains its value longer. The main structural element in a NUDURA home is reinforced concrete, which offers substantially better durability and requires less maintenance and repair over its lifetime compared to wood structures that require regular maintenance over their limited life spans.

An ICF home means significant savings in heating and cooling costs every year. Even from the beginning, ICF construction can allow up to 60% smaller heating and cooling units to service the same square footage which can cut the cost of the final house by an estimated $0.75 per square foot. Even more impressive are the drastically lower heating and cooling costs when compared to traditional wood frame homes - savings range between 40%-70%, depending on home location and size. Details can be read here.




Outside cold can easily travel through a typical wood-framed wall, causing thermal bridging and creating uncomfortable cold spots inside your home. Insulated Concrete Form houses built with NUDURA® offer superior performance when it comes to thermal bridging, resulting in even temperatures throughout your home with reduced drafts and cold spots, which optimizes energy performance.


NUDURA Insulated Concrete Forms act as an effective sound barrier, filtering out unwanted noise. NUDURA Insulated Concrete Forms dampen sound vibrations from unwanted outside noise, such as traffic, trains, and neighbors. A NUDURA Insulated Concrete Form house creates the ultimate in home comfort.



NUDURA offers your family maximum safety with a fire protection rating of up to 4 hours. With a NUDURA Insulated Concrete Form house, walls are built with steel reinforced concrete and a non-toxic fire retardant expanded polystyrene foam, ensuring maximum safety. NUDURA Insulated Concrete Forms provide greater impact resistance and will withstand winds of up to 402 kph (250 mph), ensuring that your family and home are safe and secure in almost any situation. This additional protection can also reduce your home insurance costs significantly.




Portland Cement Association, overseen by the National Association of Homebuilders’ Research Center, comissioned a comparative study of labor costs between a traditional wood frame home and two homes built with two different ICF technologies. As a test bed, the study used three 1,100 sqft. homes in Chestertown, Maryland. Ultimately, the findings illustrated in clear terms that all these amazing benefits from ICF technology only add between 7.2%-8.5% to the total construction cost while adding at least 3.5% to the sale price of the home. Since this study, ICF building techniques have become even more efficient and materials have improved further. A breakdown of the study can be read here, and further benefits from this type of construction are found at National Association of Home Builders.