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The ICF Builder Awards annually recognizes the best in insulated concrete construction. They are the project-of-the-year competition for the insulated concrete form (ICF) industry, and showcase the innovation, quality and craftsmanship possible with this construction method.
This year’s contest attracted more than 50 entries, including a 76-home residential development in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the nation’s first net-zero energy school in Kentucky, police and fire stations, and residential projects of every shape, size and style.
“The variety and scale of projects being built with ICFs is truly astounding,” said Clark Ricks, organizer of the competition. “It’s time these outstanding projects receive industry-wide recognition, and we feel privileged to take a leading role in that.”
Winners were chosen in six categories: light commercial, heavy commercial, multi-family and three residential divisions.
Competition was particularly fierce in the three residential categories, considering residential construction still accounts for about 60 percent of the industry.
Commercial construction, by far the fastest-growing sector, also attracted a significant number of entries. Projects with a total cost of less than $5 million competed in the light commercial category.
Larger projects are featured in the March 2013 issue of ICF Builder Magazine and on the award program’s website at www.builderawards.com.
“These homes and commercial buildings serve as our most effective ambassadors, generating interest and curiosity during the construction phase, then serving as concrete examples of the durability, energy-efficiency and beauty for which ICF structures have become famous,” said Ricks.
ICF is an acronym for insulating concrete form, a construction method in which hollow foam blocks are stacked like building blocks, and then filled with reinforced concrete to create a structure. For more information visit www.icfmag.com.