August 27, 2013
Hobbs Building Systems has received both a U.S.* and Canadian** patent for the “Hobbs Vertical ICF Wall System.” Named after its inventor and company president Andrew Hobbs, the Hobbs Vertical ICF (VICF) is utilized in markets across North America and gaining popularity as a superior method of construction.
“Our ICF has the highest R-value in the industry,” said Hobbs. The company’s standard design offers an average of R-33 and the company can manufacture products with an even higher R-value. “This exceeds the minimums in even the newest energy code standards and is the greenest ICF product available anywhere,” he said.
The Hobbs VICF has been proven to provide a higher R-value while using 40 percent less concrete and 50 percent less labor without compromising strength. “And the VICF is the only ICF that provides engineering on a per-project basis. No matter where you are in North America, your VICF system will be reviewed and approved by a licensed engineer in your State or Province,” he said.
Hobbs has been testing and improving his system since its inception in 2005. Never wanting to compromise strength for efficiency, he recruited Iowa State University’s Civil Engineering department to physically test the design. The result proved the VICF system’s strength far exceeded expectations!
Hobbs’ flagship contoured core design is a modified post & beam with columns and studs at 16” o.c. spacing, a top and bottom beam and a concrete web in between. With its hot wire cut panel vs. a shape molded product like block ICFs, Hobbs has the flexibility to provide nearly any wall height dimension. “For example, if you wanted a 9’4 ¾” wall height, the system would be pre-cut and delivered the site at that length/height,” said Hobbs.
“ICF technology has been around for 40 years, but there haven’t been any significant improvements in the basic design since then. With energy codes changing every year, I saw a need for a greener, more efficient product. The new Green “is doing more with less!”
The speed of installation with the Hobbs VICF is proven with a competitive video of the Hobbs VICF and a traditional ICF. The Hobbs VICF was built by one laborer with limited knowledge of his product next to two skilled craftsman who specialize in ICF. The Hobbs wall was built by one person in nearly the exact timeframe it took the two craftsman to build a traditional ICF. “This means you could cut your labor in half or be twice as efficient,” said Hobbs. “When efficiency is a major goal with building greener products, this is a huge accomplishment.”
Please “click” on the ICF challenge video to the upper right to see for yourself why the Hobbs VICF system is so revolutionary!
* United States Patent # 8,371,082
** Canadian Patent # 2,621,024