forms make homes more energy efficient, safe
revolutionary construction product first used 30 years ago in Canada,
has now become the choice of a Ripley County family to improve energy
costs in their new home.
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) are used on exterior walls and act
as insulation, nailing surfaces and a vapor barrier all in one.
According to Josh Harris of Simon and Harris Construction in Derby,
IN, ICFs are basically big, expanded polystyrene forms similar to
Legos® that are stacked and filled with concrete and rebar to
form the exterior walls of a home or other buildings.
Harris and partner, Michael Simon, started the company about 2 1/2
years ago. We saw the energy efficient and green direction
that construction was heading, said Harris. As energy costs
continue to rise, people are taking a serious look at making their
home more energy efficient.
ICFs are approximately two times more energy efficient and about
nine times more wind resistant, making it the product of choice
in those areas of the United States prone to hurricanes. The concrete
forms are also four times more fire resistant and helps to reduce
The forms are used mostly in new construction, according to Harris.
He explained that although the initial cost will increase about
3% to 5% homeowners will see an energy savings of approximately
50% to 70% in heating and cooling bills.
Simon and Harris Construction was selected by David and Sylvie Zigan
to install the concrete forms for their home near Friendship. We
saw the product at the Cincinnati Home and Garden Show and thought
this was the way to go, noted David.
For Barney Adams, contractor for the Zigan home, this was the first
time to use ICFs. It was challenging at times, he said,
but, I was happy to do it. It was a good experience.
It takes about the same time to build with ICFs as it does to build
a traditional stick built home and any floor plan can be used. According
to Harris, no one would be able to tell the home was made out of
More information about insulated concrete forms can be found by
visiting www.rewardwalls.com or by calling Josh Harris at Simon
and Harris Construction at 812-719-5538.
Michael Simon, Simon and Harris Construction, demonstrates
how insulated concrete forms are used in the construction
of new homes. The styrofoam blocks are stacked together
and filled with concrete and rebar that helps to reduce