The following are a few examples of letters we receive from clients and other ICF Professionals.
RTM Productions, Inc.
783 Old Hickory Boulevard
Suite 300 West
Brentwood, TN 37027
I am sincerely grateful for your participation with our Ultimate
Log Lodge project. I reviewed the video footage gathered during the
three-day event and it looks terrific. I was concerned about all of the
"ultra white" forms, but our videographers did an excellent job.
The Everything Outdoors segment which will feature the
ICF system will air January 13, 2001. This episode will be broadcast at
least two times during the first run, and it will repeat two more times
approximately 18 weeks later.
Once we complete our 10 Ultimate Log Lodge segments, these
features will be edited into a consumer video which will be sold on the
Nashville Network (TNN/CBS Cable) and possibly through large retailers.
Additionally, I will include information about the ICF system on the Everything
Outdoors web site.
You went way beyond the "call of duty" and I am very
thankful for you efforts. You drove a long ways and worked hard on our
project and I can't thank you enough for your efforts.
Producer - Everything Outdoors TV Series
Building Works, Inc.
675 Massachusetts Avenue, 8th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139
I finally got to meet the guru of insulating concrete
forms in the flesh. thanks for giving me so much of your time last week to
discuss the details of different systems with me. There is no other way on
this planet I could have gotten so much information in such a short time.
Thanks also for all the good commentary you've been posting on
the web site discussion page. You keep setting people straight when they
go off with outlandish statements. I'll probably continue stirring things
up to keep you busy.
Brazier Construction, Inc.
PO Box 395
Rt. 1, Hwy. 380
Bridgeport, TX 76426
Brazier Construction was hired to construct an eleven thousand
square foot Lodge on Lake Bridgeport using the ICF Blocking Systems with steel
framing. Not having used the ICF System before we started to research the
product contacting several different companies and contractors which took us on
a journey from job to job seeking information to determine which product was the
best and had the least amount of problems that often occurred using these
systems. We spent over two months exhausting ourselves and frankly were
very disappointed on several occasions because of problems occurring on certain
ICF Systems and the poor quality of workmanship on some of these projects.
We finally decided visit our last ICF distributor on our list which took us to
Norman Williams and to a construction site in the Cedar Hill area where he was
using his ICF Blocking System. After visiting several of his sites, seeing
the product perform and the workmanship that he and his workman displayed, he
sold us on the System. We hired them after they reviewed our project and
submitted a bid to our office. One of the things on our project that
concerned me was the height of the walls we would be pouring and making sure the
consistency of the concrete flowed continuously through the walls. All of
these concerns were put to rest and were handled very professional and our
project went very smoothly and we had no problems. I would highly
recommend Norman and the ICF Blocking System for their knowledge and assistance
on the ICF Wall System.
Brazier Construction, Inc.
Paul M. Dienstbier
4723 Sherman Road
Richmond, VA 23234
Atlantic Drafting & Design, Inc.
Dear Mr. White:
A few months ago, we met to discuss my ideas for building a
house addition. In the course of our conversations, you told me about an
alternative to the normal wood frame construction, namely, 'Foam Block'.
At that time, I didn't have a clue what you were talking about! You made
claims of how this was the "State of th Art" construction technology
and that this building material would provide the highest R factor of insulation
possible along with its sound proofing capability. Believe me, I was
pretty skeptical of these claims. Even after you showed me samples of the
foam blocks, I still had my doubts. A week later, I saw a program on the
Discovery Channel that highlighted the use of these "State of the Art"
foam blocks in building Tornado-Proof homes in the mid-west. This was
impressive! So, I went with this. You created plans and began
My new addition is now complete, and I just want to provide you
with some feedback about the "State of the Art" foam blocks and my new
1) Each day last week, the temperature ranged between 21-39
degrees. Tuesday night, the temperature in my new addition was 71
degrees. (Note: I did not open the new addition to my existing home at
that time. It was still isolated from the existing structure.) I turned
the heat unit off at the breaker. Two full days later, I checked the
temperature. It was 64 degrees! This was unbelievable.
2) Even with the four large custom windows in the 36' x 24'
addition (also the 5'glass door entry) noise from the outside is very, very
minimal. I noticed that while in my new addition, I cannot hear the
commercial jets flying overhead. I still can hear them in my existing
structure. (I love quiet!)
3) As a general observation, when I walk into my new addition, I
can actually feel a big difference...like night and day. The
atmosphere, warmth and quiet is nothing like what I even expected.
I would like to thank you, Mr. Ray White and your staff for your
help and assistant in building the "State of the Art" addition for me
and my family. Please feel free to use me as a reference. Thanks
Paul M. Dienstbier
We are progressing with our house project, and I want to express
to you how much I appreciate the very professional job you did on constructing
our ICF walls. Your work crew was well managed and efficient. We
appreciated the fact that your crew cleaned up the construction site after completing
their job. even though we chose to use a new-on-the-market ICF block, your
experience provided you the expertise necessary to produce the result we
wanted. During construction, you detected and corrected several flaws in
our plans that would have caused us heartache later on in the finish out of our
house. When we measured the rough openings for our windows, we found them
all to be within 1/16 inch of the specification. Everyone who has seen our
house has been impressed. They all asked, "Where did you learn of
this method of construction?"
I would be happy for you to give my name to anyone who contacts
you and is interested in ICF construction. I will be glad to share our
experience and thoughts with them.
J. Philip Davis, Jr., D.D.S.
1500 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX 76504
To Whom It May Concern:
I found Ian Giesler and his ICF Builders to be the most
enjoyable subcontractor to work with on my new 4800 square foot home. He
is very knowledgeable in all areas of the construction business. If I ever
had a question about anything concerning my project, Ian was ready and willing
to either call me back or come out to the job site to explain to the other
subcontractors (electrician, plumber, drywall installers, etc.) or myself.
Concerning the quality of my insulated concrete form walls,
there were the usual problems with the walls being slightly out of square or
plumb, but no more than what is acceptable with conventional
"stick-framed" houses, He was able to instill confidence in me with
his ability to provide a quality product in a house on the scale of mine.
One might think that building a house out of ICF's would lengthen the build
time; Ian and his crew were finished with their work in a few weeks' time.
I would highly recommend Ian if you are considering a structure
built with steel reinforced ICF's.
J. Philip Davis, Jr., D.D.S.
Ian - My home is so nice and comfortable - truly amazing! It is
all worth it! Would do it all over again!