Homes built using an insulating concrete form (ICF) system literally have the insulation built into the walls as part of the structure. This system creates walls that have a high thermal resistance, with R-values typically above R-17. Even though ICF homes are constructed using concrete, they look just like traditional stick-built homes.
03 11 00 Concrete Forming
The majority of Concrete Forming is assembled in the field and allows for cast-in-place concrete to be shaped into slabs, beams, columns, floors and walls used as structural members. Just about any material can be used to create a form, but traditional wood forming and modern pre-fabricated panel systems are the most common types of formwork for cast-in-place concrete. The design of a forming system must consider the basic geometry of the concrete to be formed, the weight of the concrete during placement, the lateral loads (wind forces) and the methods for attachment for additional concrete pours and/or future material attachments. In more complex concrete projects, shoring or falsework is sometimes required as support or scaffolding for the formwork to ensure that the formwork can support the loads and stress being applied by the concrete.