Concrete Insulated Forms Used in Resilient OK Home

Originally published by: KTUL-TV (Tulsa, OK)February 19, 2019

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With another tornado season, now just weeks away. Most of us will pay a lot more attention to the weather. But some of our neighbors won't be so worried about the warnings. A few of them have invested in a form of home construction using concrete. Its poured into the center of Styrofoam walls to make a home that's very energy efficient.

But another big benefit - a home that's as strong as a bomb shelter.

While much of it is like any other house, the big difference is in the walls.

They will be standing after any tornado, because its willed with a system called insulated concrete forms.

"FEMA rates a 6-inch steel reinforced wall at 250 mile an hour winds so an F-5 tornado will literally bounce off ICF walls," said Jerry Batey with I.C.F. Pros.

In the recent hurricanes along the gulf only cement homes survived.

The builder says he has one.

When tornadoes loom on the horizon - his home acts like the community safe room.