Build With Strength to Discuss Benefits of ICF Construction in Fire Ravaged Community

Build With Strength (BWS) and the Valley Contractors Exchange in Paradise, CA, will be holding a developer roundtable event on October 19 - 20 to support “Rebuild Paradise, CA,” one of the communities that was significantly damaged from wildfires in November 2018. The program is NRMCA’s next in a series of upcoming BWS events to demonstrate to owners, developers, general contractors, engineers and architects about the ownership and construction benefits that insulating concrete forms (ICFs) provide to commercial, residential and multifamily owners and contractors.

“We have provided the building blocks for fire safe, resilient and energy efficient homes that can be built quickly and economically. Now, we will show that building a better and safer community with concrete is able to be done at scale,” said NRMCA Senior Director, Building Innovations, Patrick Matsche.

BWS will answer some of the issues related to rebuilding in the “new normal” of wildfires in California and the Western U.S. As rebuilding continues in fire ravaged areas, we hope to provide solutions to begin to deal with problems related to urban interface, fire resilient construction and the increasing cost volatility of builders’ risk insurance for wood frame construction along with homeowners’ policy cancellations where fire hazards are driving up costs dramatically relative to the premiums charged for non-combustible concrete solutions.

Build With Strength is a coalition led by NRMCA that promotes concrete building systems through communications, project promotion, education and advocacy. To learn more, contact Patrick Matsche at or 415-672-5275 or Brandon Wray at at 408-806-0453.

Click here to read more about Build With Strength's partnership with Habitat for Humanity that is helping to build ICF homes throughout the United States.

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