Van Haren Construction, Inc. -  License #BC575428 | Serving the South Metro & Southern Minnesota Since 1969
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Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) / Poured Concrete Walls


As homeowners and business owners become more and more environmentally conscious, so do their desires for energy efficient structures and environmentally mindful construction methods. As such, the construction industry as a whole has seen a great shift towards green and sustainable building practices. This shift has not been lost on Van Haren Construction.


As a full-service concrete contractor established in 1969, we have always known the construction benefits of concrete. And while our standard concrete flatwork services will always be sought-after, we felt the inherent need to keep current with industry advancements, which is why in 1989 we added Poured Concrete Walls and ICF Construction (Insulated Concrete Forms) to our service offerings.


Today our focus at Van Haren Construction has shifted to align with yours, placing poured concrete walls and ICF walls at the top of our service specialties. As an ICF Contractor we provide poured concrete wall construction for the following applications:


  • New Home Builds - Complete ICF Concrete Homes
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Foundations
  • Home & Commercial Additions


Whether you're planning to add a small ICF addition to your home or are developing a new efficient office structure, we have the equipment and experience needed to successfully complete your concrete project. No job is too large or too small for Van Haren Construction. Not only do we possess years of poured concrete and ICF experience, we have also partnered ourselves with Fox Blocks a leading ICF manufacturer.


Contact us for a free estimate, to receive a list of references, and to discuss the details of your next ICF or poured walls construction project.

Concrete Learning Center - FAQs


As a professional concrete contractor we have accumulated a listing of common questions and associated answers related to ICF and poured concrete wall construction. Take a look below to learn more about the benefits and advantages that ICF Construction and poured concrete walls can provide for you.


What is the Difference Between Traditional Construction and Poured Concrete Walls?

Wood frame, steel frame and concrete block walls are 'hollow wall' construction methods consisting of various materials held together with nails, screws or mortar. Whereas, poured concrete walls are made up of ONE superior material forming a 'Solid Wall' system. The result is a massive solid barrier of protection for your home or business.

What are the benefits to Poured Concrete Walls/Foundations?

Solid concrete, whether it's walls or just the foundation, can provide many benefits for your structure:

  • Poured concrete offers superior strength than that of block or concrete-filled block, which is the traditional foundation method.
  • It offers increased aesthetic appeal because there are no joints, which can also eliminate the need for stucco.
  • The solid, joint-free surface provides an innate water-proofing system for basements and foundations.
  • The cost is very comparable to that of reinforced concrete-filled block.
  • Poured concrete can be installed in thinner wall sections while still achieving greater compaction and overall strength.
  • Virtually maintenance-free.
What are Insulated Concrete Forms?

Insulated Concrete Forms are essentially life-sized "Legos" made with a thick polystyrene (styrofoam) outer edge. Much like the red and blue toy building blocks from your childhood, ICF forms are stackable blocks with a hollow center. But unlike "legos," the hollow centers of insulated concrete forms are crisscrossed with reinforcing rebar. These durable and energy-efficient building blocks are used in all types of residential and commercial construction.

What is ICF Construction?

ICF Construction is a construction method that replaces traditional stick-frame materials with Insulated Concrete Forms (large "Lego'' like building blocks). The thick foam blocks are precisely stacked and professionally filled with concrete to make-up the exterior walls for both residential and commercial structures. When utilizing ICF construction the end results are solid, permanent walls extending from the structures foundation to its roof.

What Are the Benefits of ICF Construction?

Today's insulated concrete forms are manufactured to produce results. As such, ICF construction has an abundance of benefits over more traditional building methods:

  • Structurally Superior - Stronger walls provide better resistance to high winds and severe weather. Concrete construction resists burning flames at much higher temperatures and for longer exposure rates than traditional building methods.
  • Noise & Sound Reduction - ICF walls are solid, completely filled with rebar and concrete, allowing only one-sixth of common outdoor noise (such as barking dogs, lawn mowers, traffic, etc.) to pass through, leaving you with tranquil inside spaces.
  • Mold, Mildew, Rot & Insect Resistance - Because ICF construction uses a solid material in the walls, there is no need to worry about rotting, decaying or insect infestations within your walls. The solid attributes of concrete also eliminate air and moisture infiltration into your home or commercial space, reducing mold and mildew growth.
  • Energy Efficient - Structures built with ICF walls can expect to see an average savings of 20% or more on heating and cooling costs depending on geographic location.
  • Environmentally Friendly - Many ICFs are made with recycled materials, are considered non-toxic by U.S. government agencies, and expel no emissions. The energy efficiency of ICF homes and commercial structures is another environmentally friendly benefit.
What Applications Can Use ICF Construction?

The flexibility and durability if insulated concrete form construction makes it a top-contender in virtually all areas of construction. From complete ICF homes and commercial buildings to retaining walls and safe rooms, ICF construction can be used just about anywhere:

  • Basements
  • Complete ICF Structures - New Homes & Commercial Buildings
  • Floors
  • Home Additions
  • One-Story & Multi-Story Structures
  • Privacy Walls
  • Retaining Walls
  • Roof Systems
  • Safe Rooms
  • Theater Rooms
Does ICF Construction Require More Time than other Building Methods?

No, experienced ICF contractors can typically erect structures in 1/3 of the time. Also, because insulated concrete forms are virtually impermeable it eliminates the need for house-wrap and additional moisture barriers, reducing construction time.

Are There Structural Design limitations with ICFs?

Not typically, ICF construction can accommodate today's most popular design features, including high ceilings, large openings, long walls and even curved walls.