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Building for Tornadoes and Other Natural Disasters - ICF Construction

By on 4/26/2016

Tornado-E5-Joplin-ICF-Construction-Building-for-Disaster-ResistanceTornadoes and other natural disasters are not only scary but wreak havoc on homes and businesses.  Frank Ikerd knows firsthand how a tornado can destroy everything in its path.  On May 22, 2011 Frank’s business was destroyed along with many neighbor’s homes and businesses on that fateful day because they did not have disaster resistant buildings.  The 2011 Joplin tornado was a catastrophic EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, late in the afternoon.  It was the deadliest tornado to strike the United States since the 1947 Glazier-Higgins-Woodward tornadoes, and the seventh-deadliest overall.  It also ranks as the costliest single tornado in U.S. history per Wikipedia.

After the dust had settled Frank decided that he would rebuild but this time, he wanted to make sure his business would be able to withstand whatever Mother Nature decided to throw at him.  Frank chose to use ICF construction and TF Forming Systems’ Vertical Insulated Concrete ThermoForm System for his build.  Working with his architect, Hunter and Millard Architects, Inc., ThermoForm, a Vertical ICF, was designed into the build to give Frank energy efficiency and of course the disaster resistance he desired.  The concrete walls were designed to withstand 200mph wind speed and used Helix Fiber to increase the concrete’s durability throughout the ICF construction project.  Commercial Building using TF Forming Systems ThermoForm Insulated Concrete Forms in Joplin Missouri

Helix Fibers are twisted pieces of wire that lock into concrete like a corkscrew into a cork.  When mixed into concrete, the Helix fibers will increase durability; shear strength, bending strength, durability, and crack resistance.  Helix will not affect the comprehensive strength of concrete or show signs of rust and corrosion.  

Frank now owns a business building that is disaster resistant, is aesthetically pleasing, and is allowing him to have a lifelong money-wise investment. He is protecting his business, protecting his belongings, and saving on insurance premiums and energy costs. 

Fires, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes threaten life and property, but you can feel at ease knowing your home or business stands a better chance because you’ve invested in protecting yourself, your family, and your home or building by building with ICF construction by TF Systems’ Vertical Insulated Concrete ThermoForm System.

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