See what people are saying about the Hobbs Vertical ICF Wall System:

Home Owners

“Because of the extra wide flanges, attaching interior and exterior finishes was so easy for the trades and saved me time and money. Our drywaller was very impressed about how the straight, true and level the wall was compared to ICF blocks.

As I only did my foundation with Hobbs Vertical ICF Wall System, in hindsight, I should have used it for my whole house. It performed very well and the sound reduction in my basement where I used the Hobbs System, is much greater than my upper level. I only did my foundation with the Hobbs Vertical ICF Wall System and looking back, I should have built the whole house with this system. It performed very well and the sound reduction in my basement compared to the upper level is incredible. When building this house I was under a very tight timeline. With the Hobbs System, I was able to save time with having not having to stud, insulate and vapor barrier by basement walls”

Jeff Wiwchar, home owner
Brockville, Ontario

“We built our 2-level home to be 4,320 square feet and we chose Hobbs because of its superior insulating properties, durability and strength. There has been absolutely no movement in the walls so we haven’t had any drywall cracks to fix or doors to re-align. Our home uses a closed loop geo-thermal heating and cooling system, and together with the Hobbs System, our monthly heating and cooling bills have been reduced to between $50-$60 per month! As we live in “tornado alley” in the Midwest, we feel much safer having chosen Hobbs.”

Kent & Marcy Thomas, home owners
Rhodes, Iowa

“This was the first time I used the Hobbs System and as a contractor building my own home, I tracked the following labor costs for installation of the Hobbs System vs. ICF blocks:

Labor cost for Hobbs:
I totaled 68 hours of labor to fully assemble, pour concrete and complete the Hobbs installation. The foundation has 2585 s.f. of wall and at $ 35 per hour this would equate to $2380 in labor.

What labor would have cost for ICF blocks:
Most ICFs would charge the labor at $3-$4 depending on the complexity of the project, so based on 2585 sq. ft. at $3/sq. ft., ICF blocks would have cost $7755 in labor to install.

Choosing the Hobbs system saved me $5,375 and produced a straight, precise wall with no blow-outs during the pour.”

Courtney Pecenka, home owner and contractor
Van Meter, Iowa

Builders, Contractors and Foundation & Wall Contractors

“Now that I’ve used the Hobbs System, I’ll never go back to ICF blocks. The way the system is assembled, it is easy to leave openings in the wall to bring materials in and out during construction and the easy assembly was much easier on everyone physically! I assembled 50 feet of wall by myself in half an hour! The rebar is already installed so the problem of my crew forgetting to install it wasn’t a problem.”

Brad Annable, BMA Builders

“The ease of the Hobbs installation compared to ICF blocks was no contest. My crew had no problems learning the assembly and erected a much straighter wall in half the time. The biggest advantage is the cost of the end product. The Hobbs System is much more affordable than blocks hands down! Less labor, less concrete and higher energy savings saved me money in the end.”

Brent Moffat, Footprint Building Essentials Ltd.
St. Albert, Alberta


“The Hobbs System is a post-and-beam design that optimizes the use of concrete and reinforcing. Concrete “posts” are provided vertically at 16” o.c. and are the primary structural elements in the system. Concrete “beams” are provided at the top and bottom of the system to tie the “posts” together and allow for connections of the system to supported and supporting elements. A 2” concrete web is provided between “posts and beams” to provide stability to the system. The system was developed using recognized engineering principles and effectively utilizes concrete and reinforcing at locations where they provide the maximum efficiency.”

Randy Magnani, P.E., Dennis & Magnani Structural Consultants
Des Moines, Iowa

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