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Here are the top three benefits of ICFs for real estate agents to know as they come across houses built with insulated concrete forms.

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Here are the top three benefits of ICFs for real estate agents to know as they come across houses built with insulated concrete forms.


Let’s answer some frequently asked questions from the trades about installing electrical and plumbing systems in ICF walls.


In Texas, where severe weather is a common occurrence, opting for impact resistant ICFs is the optimal choice for building durable homes.


Know the similarities and differences between ICFs and Concrete Masonry Units, from strength and efficiency to cost effectiveness and more.


Are you prepared for when an extreme weather watch turns to a warning? Impending storms are unpredictable, but you can protect your home and your family by designing your garage, closet or even your kitchen pantry as a safe room.


How Kentuckians can stand up to tornadoes by building with ICFs


The rise of insulated concrete form (ICF) technology has shown its superiority over CMUs in terms of performance, ease of installation, and ultimately cost.


For installers working with Nudura Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls, here’s how to properly install and flash a window or door opening with our bucking, sealant and air barrier solutions.


What if your business could intercept the threats of building construction and property management to guarantee your next project is a success? Protect your structures and your company by building with Insulated Concrete Forms.


How does an ICF wall connect to the roof? This blog post will walk you through the ICF wall to roof connection process.


To ease ongoing design and construction efforts for architects and contractors, here are four ways building codes will likely evolve, so you can stay ahead of the curve.


Here are the top four reasons why ICFs are replacing cinderblocks for foundations and exterior walls on jobsites.


From smart technology to innovative building materials, here are six reliable ways you can reduce your energy spending.


As eco-friendly, sustainable design becomes a regular request for contractors and builders, it can be hard to know which materials live up to these performance standards while still facilitating a smooth building process for your team.


Want to learn how to use insulated concrete forms? Nudura offers a self-guided online course and one-day in-person trainings that are beneficial for contractors, architects, and engineers.


ICF buildings have unique HVAC considerations to maximize their energy efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs.


What does an ICF project look like during the assembly of insulated concrete form walls? Check out these photos to see the progress of an ICF home construction.


How do R-value and thermal mass factor into an energy-efficient building that conserves energy and reduces operational costs? Learn more about the power of ICFs and its thermal mass.


Fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) is an alternative to standard concrete practices to reduce a structure’s carbon footprint and strengthen its durability.


While insulated concrete forms are an ideal solution for foundations and basements, ICFs can be used above-grade all the way to the roof.


If you’re planning on building the home of your dreams, it’s wise to select durable materials that will stand the test of time. You’ll also want to look for environmentally friendly...


Architects design with ICFs for their sustainability, functionality, energy performance, durability and exterior aesthetic versatility.


When deciding between ICF or cinder block construction, contractors and builders should know the benefits of ICF systems compared to CMUs walls.


Read on to learn the top reasons to use ICFs for new custom homes.


You can work with insulated concrete forms (ICFS) to let you build more efficiently in virtually any climate or weather condition year-round.


See how fire-resistant building materials like ICFs can help you build and design a fire-resistant home.


Here are steps you can take to make a gorgeous home that’s fire-resistant and will withstand any future storms.


As we remember the lives lost and damage caused by Hurricane Michael 5 years ago, let's also work together to build more resilient communities that can weather future storms.


Hurricane-resistant construction is feasible, so it is important that homeowners along the coasts and in other disaster-prone areas investigate durable building materials to safeguard themselves, their loved ones and their houses. One of the easiest ways to build a disaster-resilient home is with insulated concrete forms, or ICFs.


With increases in extreme winds and weather occurrences, when you're looking to design a new house, you should consider constructing it with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) to enhance the strength and resiliency of your home.


If your goal is to be more sustainable and achieve net zero energy on your building, ICF construction minimizes thermal transfer that comes with using conventional framing methods.


Let's see what ChatGPT, the leading AI tool, has to say about the benefits of insulated concrete forms.


For architects who need to design energy-efficient structures without changing their typical design processes, insulated concrete forms (ICFs) offer the ideal combination of insulating power, design and aesthetic versatility, and ease of installation.


ICFs offer a cost-effective approach to curved walls with continuous insulation and resistance to extreme weather.


Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (FRC) technology incorporates micro and/or macro synthetic or steel fibers into the concrete mix itself for added resistance to deterioration


This blog post will empower you with information about insulated concrete forms as an exterior wall option and the questions to ask your design/build team so you can make informed decisions and push for the elements you want in your home.


What if an impending hurricane or tornado did not have to mean total destruction? Building or reinforcing structures wit1h resiliency in mind is the answer to ensure that properties and occupants are safe in the face of extreme weather. Resilient design is the process of designing buildings, landscapes, and entire neighborhoods to mitigate the impact of environmental and external hazards and maintain livable conditions.


There are many advantages to designing your own home. Gone are the builder-basic styles, layouts that don’t work for your family, and exteriors you can’t tell apart from your neighbors’. Check out these pro tips to start planning your dream home.


The planning process is one of the most exciting parts of a home renovation project. With many of us spending more time at home than ever before, now’s the time to dream big and get ready. Whether it’s a basement makeover, a pool addition, or even building a new house from scratch, here are some tips to get started.


Nudura ICFs can accommodate virtually any design and exterior finish to create the beautiful façade that the owner is seeking whether for residential or commercial purposes. Here are some of the most popular cladding options that can be used with ICFs


If you’re a subcontractor investigating plumbing, HVAC, and/or electrical work with insulated concrete forms, this blog post is for you. We talked to 5 experienced tradesmen to get their insight on what it is like working with ICF compared to wood-frame and concrete block buildings. You can hear more of their testimonials in this video.


Amid the ever-changing housing market, many homeowners are opting to build their own home to create a space that perfectly suits their lifestyle and their family’s needs. Custom homes also enable you to choose your dream finishes and styles.


With the climate crisis creating more severe weather events across North America, having a house that can stand up to the worst nature has to offer is more important than ever. Whether it’s tornados, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes, you want to know that you and your family are safe and protected.


Don’t wait until a natural disaster strikes your town to take action to reinforce your home. There are precautionary steps you can begin now to ensure the utmost protection of your residential structure and your family in the event of severe weather.


If you’re building a new home, safety and comfort are typically the top priorities. From there, aesthetics, energy-efficiency, and cost are secondary factors. Therefore, it is critical that your architect and contractor are prioritizing building beyond code and utilizing materials that will ensure the longevity and durability of the structure in any and all weather conditions, making it “futureproof”.


For any build team, the winter months and cold climates pose additional challenges, such as excess moisture, difficult working conditions, and frozen building materials. When constructing above grade structural walls, there are added factors to consider in creating a weather-tight building envelope.


At Nudura, we will still receive questions or comments about how ICFs, as shape-molded forms, can satisfy architects’ custom designs. We know that every building comes with many sets of circumstances and different conditions that may require a specialty block or two.


Here are the top 5 myths about ICFs and the truth behind them.


Our double-foam insulated concrete forms serve as an effective sound barrier and dampens sound vibrations from unwanted outside noise, such as traffic, trains, and neighbors so that rooms are 3 times sounder resistant than a typical wood-framed wall.


Did you know that you can build insulated concrete form swimming pools? ICFs improve in-ground swimming pools' energy efficiency and durability and speed of construction.


With global warming creating hotter summers across North America, here are some big and small changes that could help boost your home’s energy efficiency


Do you know that Nudura ICF walls have a high storage capacity with a low thermal conductivity that reduces energy loss?


Over the past several years, dramatic increases in lumber costs have left the construction industry looking to other building material alternatives, such as insulated concrete forms (ICFs), in place of traditional wood-frame construction.


Nudura has an ICF training introductory course that quickly increases your confidence in working with ICF solutions. If you haven’t already registered or completed your course, here are the top 5 reasons to complete an ICF training course.


Questions about how to install an ICF system are quite common, even among experienced builders and contractors who may be interested in exploring the technology for the first time.


No, ICFs are not only used for basements. Just like this misconception, there are several other myths that persist. Learn more!


One main reason why ICF has become popular among builders is that there is virtually no learning curve.


A building designed and constructed using ICFs will have a smaller environmental footprint than a traditional CMU or wood-frame building while being safer and more durable. ICF structures have the same design versatility as other building methods so you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for performance. ICF construction is highly adaptive and not limited to any building format or architectural style, therefore their use in unique home or buildings is only limited by one’s imagination.


COVID-19 has brought changes to everything, and home design is no exception. Experts are expecting to see lasting impacts on everything from the materials we use to the rooms we prioritize. Check out these and other noteworthy trends.


Did you know that ICFs can also be used for much more than home foundations? The highly versatile material can be custom cut to the shape or radius you specify, making it ideal for a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Here are just a few of the many innovative examples.


While your design plans do not have to be done specifically for our forms, it helps accelerate the construction process if the modular dimensions of the form unit are considered. However, Nudura ICFs are flexible enough to adapt to an existing design.


Nudura ICFs for exterior wall construction offer maximum design flexibility with interlocking forms that can be custom cut to the shape or radius you specify and are ideal for single or multi-story projects with tall, retaining, or load-bearing walls.


To go beyond net-zero, or to become net positive, a building needs to generate more energy than it uses each year. According to Howland Green, this “raises the bar” in development, not only with regards to ensuring a clean ecological footprint but also in terms of economic efficiency by reducing energy-related costs with less-efficient buildings.


Building a net-zero structure is an ambitious goal but designing to this caliber is not as complicated as it might sound. Constructing with energy efficiency in mind takes co-ordination between all the project team members and product research to determine the most long-lasting and cost-effective methods to achieve the necessary standards. While insulation is not the sole contributor to a net-zero building, insulated concrete form (ICF) technology.


Tornadoes and other natural calamities are becoming more frequent every year due to the drastic changes in climate.


Sustainable construction is increasingly popular as consumers and companies prioritize minimizing the environmental impacts of their buildings. More than simply adding energy-efficient appliances as an afterthought, green design now starts at the very beginning during the architectural planning phase.


Here, we break down the most inspiring trends in materials, construction, and building philosophies we’re excited about in 2021.


Homes built with Nudura will provide superior energy efficiency, consistency in performance, and lower utility over the lifespan compare to traditional building methods like wood.


Nudura, a leader in building with insulated concrete forms (ICFs), the real estate industry is all a buzz about the rise in popularity of ICF built homes due to the long-term value this building method can bring to a home. As a result, these homes are becoming more lucrative options for buyers, investors, and the real estate industry.


Over the past decade, the growing trend in the construction industry has been the demand for durable, energy-efficient concrete homes built using the advanced system of pre-assembled, interlocking insulated concrete forms (ICFs). Popular for their solidity and durability, homeowners are choosing them also because of their high design flexibility.


Do you know that Nudura ICF walls have a high storage capacity with a low thermal conductivity that reduces energy loss?


With lumber prices spiking over 170% since April 2020 due to the pandemic, builders and developers are searching for solutions to keep profitability up and homes affordable. One attractive option to consider is working with wood alternatives, like Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs).


Tornadoes and other natural calamities are becoming more frequent every year due to the drastic changes in climate.


If you are currently in the market to build your own custom home, then insulated concrete forms (ICF) technology for residential construction ensures your dream house is also environmentally friendly.


As a business owner, I must look at the pros and cons of any product or system from multiple perspectives. They have to be efficient for my installers, my company, and for my customers. ICFs hit on all of those. There’s nothing around that’s better.


Home energy retrofits can range from quick modifications like resealing windows and doors to full overhauls of appliances and major heating and cooling systems. These steps will lower your energy bills, reduce your effect on the environment and increase the comfort of your home.


To remain competitive, contractors and builders need to keep up with the latest design trends, including sustainability and energy efficiency. At the same time, they have to make sure costs remain low, especially when it comes to labor and materials.


Home trends are about more than good design and aesthetics – they’re about creating spaces that reflect our values and are more comfortable and enjoyable to live in.


Mexico Beach was flattened by Hurricane Michael and amongst the devastating destruction, one home stood upright on stilts above all the apocalyptic destruction, appearing largely unscathed and shining majestically in the sun.

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