ICF has been proven to be the ultimate construction for hurricanes and fires, but there are more types of disasters it has proven to be effective against.

They’re called disaster resistant homes for a reason

ICF disaster resistant homes have been tested to withstand projectile debris traveling over 100 mph, so it’s safe to say that ICF homes are literally bulletproof. They have been known to survive explosions and car accidents as well. 

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are approximately 20,000 vehicle-into-building crashes every year in the United States. Over the past 15 years, at least three separate ICF homes have experienced accidents of this type. Check out this article from ICF Builder to read about the results and see photos. 


An ICF solution can be engineered for any seismic zone to be highly resistant to earthquakes and other shifts. In general, however, ICF disaster resistant homes are strong enough to resist lateral forces caused either by seismic waves or heavy winds.

The key to keeping ICF sturdy in seismic zones is the reinforcing steel. This article from ICF Builder explains how ICF engineering kept the damage from the 8.8 earthquake in Chile from being significantly worse in 2010.

FEMA recognizes ICFs for the construction of safe rooms and community shelters.

Reinforcing steel keeps ICF disaster resistant homes sturdy in seismic zones


In 2014, a natural gas explosion shook East Harlem in NYC when it killed 8 and injured 70. The incident completely leveled 2 5-story buildings while shattering every window in the surrounding block. Meanwhile, the building next to where the explosion occurred had no structure damage and everyone evacuated safely. You can read more about this story and the aftereffects in this article.

ICF disaster resistant homes are also be protected from radiation. Concrete can stop all kinds of radiation, including alpha, beta and gamma rays. That’s actually the reason why nuclear plants use concrete to build their containment vessels. 

Check out this demonstration to see how well an ICF wall holds up against an air cannon.

Here is another video from 2003. In this demonstration, you can see how an ICF structure survives a military blast experiment. This production came from Amvic, an ICF company that GreenBlock Development Group works with.

Ready to build your disaster resistant home? Contact us today so we can help you start planning.

Builders Bio

Arthur graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Business Administration and a major in Real Estate. He entered the construction and development industry in 1991. His companies have built multi-family duplexes, townhomes, apartments, 1000 square foot patio homes and over 10,000 square foot mansions in his home state of Georgia. He has also built many homes in South Carolina and Tennessee.  Arthur has completed a few hundred residential and commercial projects from new home construction, commercial construction and multi-family homes. He has also completed multiple residential land development projects. Arthur has done development projects that include apartments, townhomes, duplexes and single-family subdivisions. Arthur has now turned his focus on the great state of Florida to put all of his years of real estate development and new home construction to use.