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Home plans adapted for Insulated Concrete Forms

Insulated Concrete Forms


As the saying goes, "Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door." The popularity of building homes with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) seems to be proving the old adage true. Of course, for home builders, erecting forms and pouring concrete walls is nothing new, at least below grade. But the advent of lightweight, stackable, interlocking forms which also incorporate interior and exterior insulation has opened the market for ICFs for virtually all exterior wall applications.


Home Plans Adapted for Fox Blocks, The Clever ICF Home Plans Adapted for REHAU-Amvic Systems ICFs Home Plans Adapted for Nudura Corporation


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Home Plans adapted for Structural Insulated Panels

Structural Insulated Panels


In the story of the three little pigs, the first two brothers were interested in building their homes quickly, so they could get on with enjoying life. Too bad they didn't look into building with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs - High-quality foam core panels that are strong, energy-efficient, and suitable for many residential and commercial building applications). That big, bad wolf would have had to look elsewhere for dinner!


Insulspan® Structural Insulated Panels   EPS Structural Insulated Panels 


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Panel Construction

Panelized Home Building Systems


In the high-tech approach known as panelized construction, pre-engineered wall sections are produced for a new home in factory-controlled conditions, then shipped complete to the building site for final construction. A panelized home can be weather tight in just a few days.


Leading panelized home manufacturers offer tremendous flexibility in design, and can provide any amenities desired in a new home. Some panelized manufacturers work through networks of general contractors (professional home builders). Others deal directly with home buyers looking to build their own home.


Harvest Homes       Landmark Home and Land Company, Inc.  Hamilton Building Services


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Connectors and Shearload Components

Simpson StrongtieConnectors and Shearload Components


Homebuilding continues to evolve more rapidly over the past few years. Home buyers have become increasingly more sophisticated about recognizing good construction in a new home. While location remains the primary factor in buying decisions, the buyers recognize that the wind and other natural forces in that location can affect the structural integrity of their new home.


They're looking beyond the floor plan, countertops and double pane windows, to focus on the quality of the actual framing.


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Updated: Thursday, January 25, 2018 4:30 PM


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