Overview, Cost, and Cons of Insulated Concrete Forms

Learn more about insulated concrete forms, a growing trend in modern homebuilding.

In this episode of “The Build Show”, Matt Risinger talks insulated concrete forms; benefits, costs, how it works and even some of the downsides.

Matt Risinger is a builder in Austin, TX whose goal is to educate people on the principles of Building Science in a practical way. Matt builds homes that are dramatically more energy efficient, durable, healthy, and comfortable than most new homes in America. He has a BS in Industrial Management and has worked in construction across the United States. Since 2005 Matt has owned and operated his own company “Risinger & Co.”, which has grown to 27 people. He loves quality craftsmanship and is proud to show off his crew’s efforts on his YouTube channel.

Thanks for sharing your terrific insight and awesome videos Matt.

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Bonus Pro Tip: Concrete recipe

Most people say “cement” and “concrete” interchangeably. But they’re not the same thing. Cement is just one of the ingredients in concrete, and if you ask for cement at the lumberyard, you might get a bag of Portland cement.

Aside from cement, concrete contains sand and stones. Those stones, or “aggregate,” are a carefully measured mix of various sizes. Small stones fill in the gaps between larger ones, and sand fills in between them. Cement is the glue that holds it all together. For more on concrete basics, click here.