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Hurricane Season Is ICF Season

Recent research results on the status of hurricanes are in.

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) recently reported that hurricanes will likely intensify by as much as 10%. Meanwhile, the global proportion of hurricanes that reach “very intense” (Category 4 and 5) will also likely increase.

Put another way, there is now a critical need for disaster-resilient buildings, with safer buildings being recognized as a way to protect against natural disasters and to minimize the community, environmental and financial impact. But the question is: how should a building be designed to withstand a hurricane?


When it comes to disaster-resilience, robust building materials are critical — materials that not only can withstand wind, water, fire and earthquakes, but also are energy-efficient and, in short, versatile. This is exactly why concrete has been cited as “especially suited” to provide this resistance and why it has been the top choice among builders who are building with resiliency in mind.

This blog post will serve as a roundup of numerous case studies where insulated concrete forms (ICFs) have withstood hurricanes, including Category 5 hurricanes.

How Should A Building Be Designed to Withstand A Hurricane? ICF Case Studies

Photo by Johnny Milano, New York Times

It is the combination of the strong, steel reinforced concrete core and the layers of rigid foam makes Logix Insulated Concrete Forms one of the strongest and most durable wall systems available today. Logix ICFs withstand winds of up to 300 mph.

  • The Famous ICF Home That Survived Hurricane Michael (Fall 2018)

“The Mexico Beach House” — the ICF home that survived a Category 4 hurricane (Hurricane Michael in fall 2018) was featured in major media outlets from New York Times to CNN.

As a point of reference, 54% of the rest of the homes in the panhandle were entirely destroyed.

Read more here.

  • The ICF That Home That Survived TWO Category 5 Hurricanes

This ICF home survived not one, but two hurricanes — both Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma just one year later. In this article the owner of this incredible home speaks about his experiences first-hand and how he designed his home within a pragmatic and affordable budget.

Watch a recorded webcast of this homeowner talking about his experiences surviving Hurricanes Irma and Matthew and how he designed and built his home.

  • The Logix ICF Home That Survived Superstorm Sandy

This Logix ICF home survived Superstorm Sandy, while the house beside it was entirely washed away.  Watch this short clip to learn more:

The Federal Alliance For Safe Homes (FLASH) also selected Logix ICFs for the walls to demonstrate best-in-class hurricane and wildfire safe construction, which you can read more about here.

Wrapping It Up

Hurricanes are on the rise. Building with disaster-resilience in mind is critical, which is why builders are choosing ICFs. Offering greater structural strength than wood and protection against both wind and fire, it’s easy to see why. 

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Looking for more information on how should a building be designed to withstand a hurricane? Request a quote, get more information, or talk to a Logix Advisor by contacting us today.

By |2019-09-23T14:35:02-05:00September 9th, 2019|

About the Author:

President, Logix Brands Ltd.