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The Business Case for Building with Insulating Concrete Forms

  • 1.  The Business Case for Building with Insulating Concrete Forms

    Posted 08-13-2021 04:56 PM

    The Business Case for Building with Insulating Concrete Forms
    August 12, 2021 | 1-2pm ET  1LU

    Event details and registration.

    The spike in lumber prices have increased the cost of an average new single-family home by more than $24,000, threatening your business and the ability to build affordably. At the same time however, the cost of concrete has remained stable, with one particular building system - insulating concrete forms (ICFs) - becoming a highly popular alternative to wood framing. ICFs are polystyrene forms that are stacked in place and then filled with concrete to form a solid wall. This webinar - sponsored by Build With Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - provides builders with the business case for building high-quality, disaster-resilient, super energy-efficient homes with concrete. This webinar - sponsored by Build With Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association - provides builders with the business case for building high-quality, disaster-resilient, super energy-efficient homes with concrete.

    Learning objectives: 

    1. Understand the benefits of concrete homes built with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) compared to wood-frame for residential projects.
    2. Demonstrate the economic benefits of building with ICFs.
    3. Learn how concrete homes offer high-quality, disaster-resilient, super energy-efficient homes.
    4. Understand the long-term value proposition of building with concrete and ICFs.

    Moderators:

    1. Kevin Harris, Assoc. AIA, CRAN Executive Committee
    2. Lionel Lemay, PE, SE, LEED AP – EVP, Structures and Sustainability, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

    Presenters:

    1. Leigh Overland – Leigh Overland Architect, LLC

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