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Natural disasters happen. And although we can never be 100% prepared for them, building your home or commercial building with vertical insulated concrete forms is a good step forward. Below are real stories of ICF buildings that have withstood Mother Nature at her worst.

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Stoughton, Wisconsin (top photo)

Stoughton, WI, residents picked up the pieces after a tornado recently leveled most homes in the area. One home is still standing amidst the rubble: a concrete home, currently under construction in an upscale Stoughton neighborhood, built with insulating concrete forms (ICFs).

When the F-3 tornado tore through town, the home was only partially constructed. The structure was under roof with windows installed, and brick cladding had begun. First reports were that the only damage the home sustained was to the garage roof. It was stated later that the screened-in porch was lost, and all windows were broken.

Hurricane katrina (middle photo)

This ICF home was 85% complete when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the area on Aug. 29, 2005 with a huge storm surge and reported sustained winds of 125 mph. The water reached an elevation of 28 feet.

After the winds had died down and the water retreated to the Gulf of Mexico, the Sundbergs found that their home had survived the storm largely intact, with some blown-out windows, lost materials, and missing upstairs panels. Now they are focusing their efforts on finishing the building before the next storm strikes.

Cayman Islands (bottom photo)

This ICF home in the Cayman Islands withstood the Category 5 devastation of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

This ICF home withstood a tornado in Stoughton, WI
ICF home survives Hurricane Katrina
Concrete ICF home withstands Category 5 Hurricane Ivan in Cayman Islands