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My First ICF Foundation - continued

Researching ICFs

A good place to start your search for information about ICFs is the Insulating Concrete Form Association (1807 Glenview Rd., Suite 203, Glenview, IL 60025; 847/657-9730; www.forms.org). They publish a list of member manufacturers, distributors, contractors by state, and design professionals, all of whom are linked to their website. The website also sells books, publishes a calendar of industry-related events, and promotes an annual convention.

While you're surfing, check out www.ICFweb.com, edited by Pieter VanderWerf, a well-regarded ICF expert. Here you'll find message boards, product reviews written by end users, and a search engine that will direct you to information on concrete admixtures, waterproofing techniques, and ICF contractors.

The Portland Cement Association also maintains a website with information on ICFs, at www.concretehomes.com/sys-icf.htm.

Some manufacturers will provide you with learn-before-you-buy construction manuals and videos, in addition to their product literature.

When evaluating these resources, questions to keep in mind include: How are the ICFs distributed? Is there a local supplier, or will freight charges be added to the order? Is there a list of contractors in your area who are familiar with ICFs? Is the manufacturer able to provide help with basic engineering calculations, such as the specifications for placement and size of rebar? What type of technical assistance is available? You will also need to find a local ready-mix company with a pumper operator who has had experience pumping ICF foundations.

Sources of Supply

CertainTeed

P.O. Box 860

Valley Forge, PA 19482-0101

610/341-6950

http://www.certainteed.com

Form-A-Drain

Hawkeye Concrete Products Co.

Highway 61 South

Mediapolis, IA 52637

319/394-3197

http://www.hawkeye-pipe.com

Snap-Lok rebar fastener

James Hardie Building Products

26300 Alameda St., Suite 250

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

800/942-7343

http://www.jameshardie.com

Hardipanel fiber-cement siding

Lite-Form International

1950 W. 29th St.

So. Sioux City, NE 68776

800/551-3313

http://www.liteform.com

Lite-Form scaffold brackets

Standard ICF/Therm-O-Wall

7 Preble's Way

Gray, ME 04039

888/584-3466

http://www.therm-o-wall.com

Insulated concrete forms

Todol Products

P.O. Box 398

Natick, MA 01760

508/651-3818

http://www.todol.com

Pur-Fil aerosol urethane foam

W. R. Grace

62 Whittemore Ave.

Cambridge, MA 02140

800/354-5414

http://www.gcp-grace.com

Bituthene 3000 waterproofing membrane