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Lumber Prices Rise

The price of lumber, from framing to structural panels, has increased in recent weeks with some prices rising more than 30%.

 

Concrete Home Takes Shape for Habitat

A summer building project is providing a first home for a young Antigo couple and teaching a new mix of skills to local volunteers.

One Of The Largest Homes In the US

Steve Huff's 72,000-square-foot home isn't only impressive for its size -- it's being built to last thousands of years.

Lessons From the Ultimate Safe House

Hard-core building owners are testing materials and technology that could change home building for the rest of us.

 
     

Building Practices with Vertical ICF Construction – Less Waste, More Profit

By richm@tfsystem.com on 9/15/2016
When planning your next building project, you probably haven’t put too much thought into how much waste your project is going to generate.  According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), this could be as much as 8,000 lbs. for the typical 2,000 square foot house.  It is also estimated by the EPA that waste from construction accounts for up to 40% of the nation’s solid waste; all of which ends up in a land fill!  With these staggering figures, there is constantly more push for greener building projects such as LEED certified projects which our ICF systems comply with.
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Insul-Deck Compliments TF Forming Systems' Insulated Concrete Forms

By richm@tfsystem.com on 8/3/2016
Insul-Deck Compliments TF Forming Systems Insulted Concrete FormsInsul-Deck is an insulated, pour-on-site solution to spanning concrete floors and/or roofs.  And just like TFs’ Vertical Insulated Concrete Forms, it has many great benefits. Coupling Insul-Deck with TF Forming Systems’ Vertical ICF is the perfect way to build smart and efficient.
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Building with TF Forming Systems Insulated Concrete Forms - An Intern's Perspective

By richm@tfsystem.com on 7/20/2016
ICF Construction with TF Forming Systems Insulated Concrete FormsMy name is Collin and I’m a summer intern at TF Forming Systems, the Vertical ICF Manufacturer.  I’m an enrolled student in the college of Mechanical engineering at UW- Madison, WI. Starting out here in May, I didn’t really know what to expect.  I knew a little bit about ThermoForm ICF's, but not enough to fully give it my trust as a superior product.  However, the more I learned, the more the product grabbed my attention, and I was soon in awe about how cleverly simple it is; take an insulating material and use it as a form for concrete.  The combination gives you all the best qualities of a building product. 
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Building a Safe Room or a Safe House?

By richm@tfsystem.com on 6/27/2016

A safe room or a safe houseA safe room or panic room is a fortified room that is installed in a private residence or business to provide a safe shelter, or hiding place, for the inhabitants in the event of a break in, home invasion, tornado, terror attack, or other threat. Safe rooms usually contain communications equipment, so that law enforcement authorities can be contacted.  Depending on where you live, a safe room is not only of extreme importance but a necessity to avoid a natural disaster.  At TF Forming Systems, we have been helping customers not only build safe rooms but also build safe homes and safe commercial buildings.

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Financing for Energy-Efficient, Net-Zero Homes

By richm@tfsystem.com on 6/10/2016

If you're building a home that's so energy-efficient that your utility bills will be minimal or nonexistent, your lender should take that into consideration when deciding how much you can afford to borrow, right? Not so fast. Net zero homes, also known as zero energy homes, offer financial and environmental advantages to buyers, but not all lenders and appraisers recognize the impact of higher levels of energy efficiency on a homeowner's bottom line.

Building for Tornadoes and Other Natural Disasters - ICF Construction

By richm@tfsystem.com on 4/26/2016
Commercial Building using TF Systems ThermoForm Insulated Concrete Form SystemTornadoes and other natural disasters are not only scary but wreak havoc on homes and businesses.  Frank Ikerd knows firsthand how a tornado can destroy everything in its path.  Frank decided that he would rebuild but this time, he wanted to make sure his business would be able to withstand whatever Mother Nature decided to throw at him.  Frank chose TF Forming Systems’ Vertical Insulated Concrete ThermoForm System for his build.
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7 Myths about Building an ICF Home or Building

By richm@tfsystem.com on 4/4/2016
Recently while at a Home Builders Show manning our booth and talking to prospective clients about building Insulated Concrete Form homes, the following statements came up. 

Congratulations to Sid Thayer of Sid's Concrete on Winning the WRMCA's Concrete Design Award

By richm@tfsystem.com on 3/15/2016

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Congratulations to Sid Thayer of Sid's Concrete for winning the Concrete Design Award from the Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association.  The annual WRMCA’s Concrete Design Award Ceremony was held on Thursday, March 10th at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. 

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TF Forming Systems Project Highlight – Gortmaker Home in Missouri

By richm@tfsystem.com on 2/22/2016

At TF Forming Systems believe in building an Insulated Concrete Home but for many people, they either have not heard of using this type of material before or in some cases have been swayed from building an ICF home for various many reasons.  The comfort inside the home, the energy efficiency, the safety and security and the low cost of maintenance add up to big savings over the lifetime of an Insulated Concrete Home.  

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Still Using 20th Century Concrete Block Building Materials in the 21st Century?

By richm@tfsystem.com on 1/27/2016

We’re always amazed that architects and designers are still specifying early 20th century building materials well into the 21st century.  We still drive past commercial job sites and observe buildings being erected using CMU’s (concrete block).  In today’s world, energy efficiency, return-on-investment, ease of construction, and superior wall strength should be outweighing any factors of previously used building methods and materials. Today we look at the pros and cons of concrete block construction 

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