The use of insulated concrete forms (ICF) has become increasingly popular when it comes to new construction projects. ICF’s are widely known for their durability and resiliency and have gone on to transform traditional construction methods that often rely on the use of lumber to provide structural support. 
Building a new home using ICF’s has its advantages, but many of the challenges of new construction remain the same. Build NY Services (BNYS) is well-versed in ICF construction and recently took on a home construction project where that expertise proved to be very useful.
A construction project for a new home in Babylon, New York was already underway when BNYS was contacted and asked to continue work on the project. Contractors with the company that initially started work on the house had already built the first course of walls before BNYS took over.
From there, BNYS installed a number of floor joists and a steel beam, which allowed them to begin work on the home’s deck. 
The home’s second floor, which is the first floor of true living space and includes the house’s interior walls, closets and bedrooms, was constructed by BNYS. The company’s contractors proceeded to stack the ICF’s and followed that by installing rebar, which they ran vertically and horizontally around the entire perimeter of the property. 
Floor joists were installed for the second floor of the house followed by incorporating plywood to complete the decking for that level. At this point in the construction process, the foam forms were still hollow safe for the rebar that was needed for the window and door openings. 
The eight to ten-foot lifts or intervals of exterior wall were constructed and allowed BNYS to pour the concrete into the wall, and the pouring of the concrete itself took roughly four hours. 
Plans to move forward with framing the home’s roof were fully realized and went on to include constructing a crawlspace and attic.
Building with ICF’s is a sound investment because in the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or extreme flooding, ICF’s will generally hold. The extent of home repair following damage to an ICF house can include replacing floor finishes and a few feet of dry wall or moldings, which is a far less expensive option when compared to having to start the building process all over again. 
Most of the homes in the surrounding area in Babylon were lifted as part of the rebuilding process that followed the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. So, building this new home using ICF’s where the flood plain is high made the most sense to both the homeowner and BNYS.