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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 a Safe Room or a Safe House?

By 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 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 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 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 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. 


TF Forming Systems Project Highlight – Gortmaker Home in Missouri

By 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 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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Cold Weather Construction – Beat the Cold with ThermoForm ICF by TF Forming Systems

By on 12/8/2015

Cold weather, ice and snow can certainly hinder a construction project and in extreme cases even stop the project all-together. TF Forming Systems’ ThermoForm can offer many advantages over conventional building methods. These advantages will keep your projects moving forward and can save time, money, and headaches in some of the most extreme weather conditions that Mother Nature can throw at us. 

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Answers to Common Insulated Concrete Form Home Presumptions

By on 11/10/2015

Homeowners find themselves struggling to make the choice to build a better, safer home or take the road of a conventional build.  Building a home is typically on of the largest financial investments one will make in their lifetime.  A homeowner should invest time researching and choosing to build a better home that will provide the homeowner with a lifetime of benefits that really are priceless. 


Shining a Light on Safety

By on 11/6/2014

These are excerpts taken from Concrete Homes - Nov. 2014 Issue:


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