Why Choose ICF's?

Smart. Efficient. Green.

Building Green

Green building is a major trend in the construction market these days. For instance, in the popular LEED program, ICFs can easily contribute 10 of the 69 points needed for certification. Architects and contractors familiar with ICFs may enjoy a significant advantage when bidding on publicly owned building projects, since an increasing number of municipalities require that these be LEED-certified.


Even if you’re not trying to achieve LEED certification, ICFs contribute to sustainable building practices in several different ways. They can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 80%, reducing the “carbon footprint” of the structure over the life of the building. They are a recycled and/or recyclable product. Also, because of their tightness and thermal mass, and because they contain no VOCs, ICF walls will improve indoor air quality. Another reason; durability and long life cycle of ICF buildings means it can outlast two or three conventionally built structures.


To learn more about building green with Insulated Concrete Forms we recommend the following:(all available as PDF documents)

Anyway you slice it, using ICFs in commercial buildings is a smart choice

Energy Smarts: Insulating Concrete Forms

Concrete Points to Green

ICFA Points to LEED

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NWS offers the following finish options for ICF walls:

KonCote Sto or Dryvit Stucco PermaCrete
Fiber Cement Siding Vinyl Siding Wood Siding Metal Siding
Stone Veneers, such as brick and stone

 ICF block can be finished with virtually any siding material. NWS systems is pleased to offer you a substantial savings for installation of finishes, when combined with ICF wall installation.


Why Choose ICF's?
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