Worry-free Living

Fire can endanger the lives of everyone in the family and destroy those things that cannot be replaced. Many insurance companies recognize concrete as being safer than any other form of construction when fire threatens a home. Living in a Crane Builders ICF home can bring peace of mind to homeowners concerned about fire.

Security That's a
Solid Investment

When disaster threatens in the form of storms, floods or fires, your family will be safer in a home constructed with concrete walls. It's no accident that concrete is the material of choice for modern day fortresses and disaster shelters. This strong, durable material stands up to the fury of nature...including the more subtle threats of rot, rust and termites.

Peace & Quiet of an
ICF Built Home

Finding just the right location for your dream home is becoming harder and harder to do. With land for homebuilding becoming scarcer we're forced to build our homes closer together and near noise sources like highways, railways, and airports. An ICF built home is often two-thirds quieter than a wood-frame home. The greater mass of concrete walls added to the insulating qualities of foam can reduce sound penetrating through a wall by over 80% when compared to wood-frame construction.

What Makes Concrete a
Sustainable Building Material?

Concrete is a friend of the environment in all stages of its life span, from raw material production to demolition, making it a natural choice for sustainable home construction.


Resource Efficiency

The predominant raw material for the cement in concrete is limestone, the most abundant mineral on earth. Concrete can also be made with fly ash, slag cement, and silica fume, all waste by-products from power plants, steel mills, and other manufacturing facilities.


Durability

The Portland Cement Association and the Environmental Council of Concrete Organization acknowledge that concrete builds durable, long-lasting structures that will not rust, rot, or burn. Life spans for concrete building products can be double or triple those of other common building materials.


Thermal Mass

Homes built with concrete walls, foundations, and floors are highly energy efficient because they take advantage of concrete’s inherent thermal massor ability to absorb and retain heat. This means homeowners can significantly cut their heating and cooling bills and install smaller-capacity HVAC equipment.


Reflectivity

Concrete minimizes the effects that produce urban heat islands. Light-colored concrete pavements and roofs absorb less heat and reflect more solar radiation than dark-colored materials, such as asphalt, reducing air conditioning demands in the summer.


Minimal Waste

Concrete can be produced in the quantities needed for each project, reducing waste. After a concrete structure has served its original purpose, the concrete can be crushed and recycled into aggregate for use in new concrete pavements or as backfill or road base.