The GreenHome Institute’s – “Overview of Insulated Concrete Forms” – Free CE Webinar

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The GreenHome Institute’s – “Overview of Insulated Concrete Forms” – Free CE Webinar

September 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

You will learn “Insulated Concrete Forms”.

Details about this event

GHI member and Net Zero Home Building, Jake, wants to help you better understand the benefits and use of Insulated Concrete Forms.

We will cover a broad overview, including:

-What is an ICF?

-Differences between ICF brands

-Why ICF?

-Products to use with ICF


-and more!

This course is not intended to teach how to set and pour ICF. Rather it will arm you to make an informed choice when building your next project. This is great for homeowners, designers, home builders, and contractors who are looking to expand their industry knowledge and those who are curious if ICF construction might be right for them.

General construction knowledge will be helpful, but not required.

Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in

  • Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
  • American Institute of Architects – AIA (HSW) (PENDING)
  • Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
  • Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)
  • AIBD
  • State Architect / Builder License may be applicable

Lessons Learned:

  1. Identify which type of ICF has superior fire safety
  2. Understand which characteristics of ICF impact occupant health
  3. Learn which trades are most impacted by ICF
  4. Describe how ICF contributes to the welfare of a society

Speaker: Jacob Vierzen

In 2004, Jake Vierzen saw a need for professional installer of Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF’s). He formed R-Value Concrete Structures and quickly established a reputation as the “go to” ICF installer across West Michigan, into the greater Ann Arbor area, and beyond. Known for his experience, knowledge, and skill, many homeowners sought his company out to set and pour the ICF walls for their homes.

After years of hearing homeowners wish they could find more builders willing to push the envelopes of sustainability, comfort, health, and efficiency; he began R-Value Homes, building his first complete home in 2014.

So many lessons were learned along the way, but amidst the whirlwind of learning how to manage a business, enduring truths were revealed and became guiding principles. Focus meticulously on the client’s needs. Cautiously adopt new products and techniques. Learn from those who have gone before. Integrity is everything. Commit yourself to constant education and improvement. Work with those who share your vision. Let the knowledge that ICF homes will last for hundreds of years inform every decision. Learn from every build, and make the next one better.

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