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The Business Case for Building with Insulating Concrete Forms 

08-26-2021 07:55 PM


Lumber prices have wildly fluctuated over the past year with the cost of an average new single-family home and making it difficult to source materials. The reliance on wood framing is threatening your business and the ability to design and build affordably. The cost of concrete has remained stable over the same timeframe, making it an ideal alternative to the wood frame. A building system called insulating concrete forms (ICFs) has become a popular alternative to a wood frame that results in a better-quality home for your customer. This webinar provides designers with the business case for designing 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. Hosted by CRAN®.  


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


  1. Leigh Overland, AIA – Leigh Overland Architect, LLC
  2. Alan Hoffman – President, Hoffman Homes

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