NRMCA's Build with Strength to Host Insulating Concrete Forms Training

The goal of the training courses is to offer a view on building construction risks and opportunities that support and advance resilience in future construction.

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Build With Strength (BWS), a coalition of the National Ready Mix Concrete Association (NRMCA), has partnered with the Commonwealth of Kentucky–Office of Energy Policy to host three training events on Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) construction for energy and disaster resilience.

Titled, “A Pathway To Energy & Disaster Resilience: An ICF Symposium And Training Event,” the events will begin in late January for Kentucky-based construction professionals. Each event will offer a view on building construction risks and opportunities as human and economic losses from disasters increase, with the overarching goal of supporting and advancing resilience in future construction.

The first event, "A Pathway to Energy and Disaster Resilience," is scheduled for Jan. 29, in Louisville, Ky. This course  will describe why and how innovative concrete systems like ICF are helping transform the way we build energy and disaster resistant buildings.

  • Part 1 (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) will cover the design and economic aspects of ICFs to exceed the latest energy and disaster resilience standards. This section is targeted at architects, engineers, developers, policy makers and government officials. Concrete contractors and product suppliers may also benefit.
  • Part 2 (1-5 p.m.) will cover the installation and construction aspects of ICFs. This section is targeted at contractors with detailed classroom and hands-on instruction. Design professionals, developers, policy makers and government officials are welcome to participate.

The is a free event sponsored by the Commonwealth of Kentucky–Office of Energy Policy.

The second training course will be held Feb. 6, in Omaha, Neb. The event will discuss why ICFs are quickly becoming the construction method of choice for all forms of construction, including single and multifamily, hotels, schools and offices. Concrete contractors, masons and framers will have an opportunity to learn how their trade can work with ICFs to enhance their competitiveness in today’s construction environment. This course provides the training needed to begin building with one of the fastest growing building systems on the market.

The course agenda includes:

  • Demonstrate the specific characteristics of ICFs
  • Describe the benefits of ICF construction
  • Explain the construction advantages and efficiencies
  • Demonstrate the interaction between trades and ICF installation requirements and techniques
  • Recognize that ICF technology can expand your business opportunities.

A $25 fee includes breakfast, ICF training manual, hands-on instruction and certificate of completion. 

The third event will be held Feb. 20, in Hayne, N.C. and cover the same material as the Omaha course. A $50 fee includes lunch, ICF training manual, hands-on instruction and certificate of completion. The training course is free for students with promo code: STUDENT. 

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