Tag Archives: ICF

From Napkin-Sketch to Virtual Reality

The Clients came to King Engineering with a beautiful Victorian concept and a dream of building a near net-zero home.  We were able to keep close to their concept while taking into account site constraints, constructability considerations, improved flow & spatial relationships, and re-sale appeal.  The home features full height ICF walls from basement to roof, a three-quarter wrap-around porch, a second floor balcony over the dining room with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, 10ft ceilings on the main floor, and two master suites.  The south side of the home will feature a ground-mounted solar array to meet the electrical demand and geothermal for heating & cooling.


           I’m often asked, “which is better, ICF or SIP?” And to be honest, I ask myself that same question. There isn’t a proven answer. Well, that is, unless you ask an ICF or SIP dealer. What I do know, is that they are both drastically better than conventional stick-framing. As far as which system…
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Insulating Concrete Forms

Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) have combined commercial structural strength with energy consciousness into a system that is feasible for all types of projects, including cost-conscience residential. Whether you’re building in high wind or seismic region, or if you just want a quiet, energy-efficient, and durable home that you can construct without needing access to traditional…
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