What is an ICF home?

One thing that makes us different is we take initiative to build ICF homes. We go the extra mile to build the strongest and safest homes on the market. 

Insulated concrete form (ICF) is a superior type of construction that provides numerous benefits such as: 

Unlike traditional cinder block, ICF blocks are Lego-like forms that remain in place after concrete is poured into them. They combine reinforced concrete and steel for strength and durability with expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation for energy efficiency.  

Energy Performance

Saving energy saves money on energy bills, but it also helps maintain a healthy environment, assures comfort and protects against home damage. It’s known as the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly way to build for multiple reasons, and homes with ICF see economic benefits as well.

Larger homes may cost more to heat or cool, but larger homes mean higher savings. A single-family household can reduce their energy consumption up to 60%.

Disaster Resistance

01

Hurricanes and Tornados 

185 mph is the highest speed that any hurricane topped out at while it was in the state of Florida. This was the Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935.

A 6” ICF wall can withstand tornado and hurricane winds exceeding 200 mph and projectile debris traveling over 100 mph. This means an F4 tornado, or a Category 5 hurricane, could go over your ICF home while you’ll be safe inside.

02

Smoke and Fire 

ICF is fire-resistant according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It’s commonly used in assemblies in schools and hospitals because it has been tested in fire conditions up to 2000° Fahrenheit for up to 4 hours.  

03

Earthquakes and Explosions 

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

If a building can withstand projectile debris traveling over 100 mph, it’s safe to say it’s bulletproof. ICF buildings have also been known to survive explosions and car accidents as well.

Safety  Health

Stress comes from noise pollution, and health problems come from poor indoor air quality. However, this can be mitigated by using the right structural materials for building. ICF provides 3 main advantages for healthy living:

ICF is airtight so it acts as a barrier system to limit moisture. It doesn’t rot, grow mold, and it releases little or no airborne particulates. The air tightness can also reduce outside air infiltration by 75%.  Comfort also has a major impact on health and well being. The synergy of high thermal mass and minimal air infiltration creates a consistent temperature throughout your home. In other words, you’ll have no more hot spots or cold drafts.

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More Benefits

GreenBlock Development Group values your comfort and safety above all else, but we also believe you deserve a home that matches your lifestyle and where you live. We can accommodate these needs by building your home with ICF because of it’s aesthetic versatility.

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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.