To remain competitive, contractors and builders need to keep up with the latest design trends, including sustainability and energy efficiency. At the same time, they have to make sure costs remain low, especially when it comes to labor and materials.
One material that’s increasingly gaining popularity is Insulated Concrete Forms, also known as ICFs. An affordable and energy-efficient alternative to traditional wood framing, ICFs can save time and money throughout the construction process.
To help construction professionals offer this innovative product to their clients, Nudura has developed an ICF training course. Available both in-person and online, our course will teach you everything you need to know about building with ICFs, including the benefits and how to install Nudura ICF forms.
To give you a better idea of what you can expect, we outline the six key lessons you’ll learn in our helpful course:
What exactly are ICFs? How do they contribute to a stronger, more insulated structure? What projects can I use ICFs for? Our first module will cover answers to these basic questions. We’ll introduce you to Nudura forms and our specialized technologies, explaining how they provide fire and sound resistance, improve indoor air quality, speed construction, and enable flexible designs. You’ll also learn the safety essentials and what equipment you’ll need.
Our second module helps you take the first steps for building with ICFs, showing you what to include in your drawings, contracts, and other planning documents. You’ll learn about reinforcement requirements for residential construction with concrete and guidelines for reinforcing in both above-grade and below-grade applications.
In this module, we’ll guide you through the first steps of the installation process. We'll outline the tools you need — including rebar bender, a hot knife, and concrete vibrator — and teach you how to prepare the worksite for smooth delivery and installation. You’ll learn how to set up the footings and place the first and second course of ICFs, establishing solid corners that will lay the groundwork for the rest of the installation process.
Now that you know the first steps for installing ICFs and laying out the founding forms, our fourth module will cover special applications. These include preparing and reinforcing the openings for windows and doors, and planning and installing openings for service penetrations. We'll also go over the alignment system you’ll need to use to support the ICF wall during concrete placement, while providing a safe working platform for the installer. Finally, you’ll learn about other special applications for ICFs, like floor connections, beam pockets, brick ledges, pilasters, and roof connections.
The fifth module will cover everything you need to know about the concrete in ICFs — from what you need to know before ordering (e.g. strength, slump, and spacing between trucks) to different placement methods you can use (e.g. concrete boom pump, crane and bucket, or conveyor belt). We’ll go over step-by-step instructions and outline our recommendations for best results.
One of the top questions we get from builders and homeowners is “what kinds of finishes can we have with ICFs?” Many worry their favorite styles and designs won’t work with insulated concrete form, but fortunately, that’s not the case — ICFs are versatile and can be used with almost any exterior finish imaginable.
In the last module of the course, we’ll talk about all the possibilities, including vinyl, aluminum, steel siding, wood, composite, stucco, masonry veneers, brick, stone, and more. We’ll also go over interior finishes and trim options, as well as waterproofing and thermal barrier protection. Finally, we’ll teach you the required steps and best practices for installing electrical, mechanical, and plumbing within ICF wall systems.
Now that you have a better understanding of what you’ll learn and what you can expect from our training course, you can take the next and sign up. Check out a local course near you, or explore the self-guided online modules. At the completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion.
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