Insulated concrete forms (ICF) have been in use in North America since the 1960s. First known as “Foam Form,” contemporary ICF combines reinforced concrete with expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation to create walls that meet or exceed code as it relates to fire and extreme weather events. ICF also offers superior noise mitigation and energy efficiency.

This course will examine the performance characteristics of ICF as well as case studies that demonstrate its uses in commercial, industrial, residential, and institutional settings.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basic design criteria and construction elements of commercial, institutional, multifamily, and residential structures built with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs).
  • Assess codes and compliance/performance characteristics of ICF as it relates to fire, flood, wind, and earthquakes.
  • Evaluate the energy efficiency and sound mitigation properties of ICFs.
  • Examine case studies that demonstrate the innovative ways in which ICF can be specified.

Pre-Requisite: Basic knowledge of insulated concrete forms.