Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) offer many benefits relative to traditional home construction materials and methods, including structural stability, comfort, energy efficiency and durability. This class is based on a guide that provides cost comparisons of ICF construction to standard residential wood-frame construction, a comprehensive cost analysis of the monthly costs of home ownership for wood-frame and ICF homes, and a detailed discussion regarding many of the benefits gained through the use of ICFs.
This AIA approved continuing education course for architects includes a multiple-choice exam at the end, to test the student’s knowledge and comprehension of the topics, and to comply with AIA and state requirements. This course is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 1.5 continuing education hours. Those hours are classified as HSW (Health Safety and Welfare) learning units.
AIA CES Registered Course Number: AIAPDH111
Number of AIA CES Learning Units/HSW: 1.5 LU/HSW (1.5 hours)
At completion of this course, you will:
- Be familiar with insulating concrete form construction.
- Be aware of many of the compelling benefits gained through the use of residential ICF construction
- Have a good understanding of both the construction costs and the ongoing costs of an ICF home as compared to wood-frame construction.
- Be able to offer sound advice and make rational decisions when considering whether to use ICFs, wood-frame, or another construction type for a new residence.