The state of California is a fascinating and diverse place. There are beautiful ocean coastlines, soaring mountains, intensely hot deserts, plus there is a constant threat of earthquakes. Yet, the state has the largest population, thirty-six million, in the country. Added to this fact is the state's strong belief in protecting the environment. How should the people of California keep themselves safe, secure, and green? The answer is to build structures that are strong and energy efficient, and in southern California, it would also help if the buildings are fire resistant.

It sounds like a very daunting task to build a building in California. But, the task can be completed in a way that will make people happy and keep them safe. If a contractor chooses to use insulated concrete forms (ICFs) to build a commercial building, he or she will be using advanced technology to make a structural sound building that is energy efficient. An ICF wall is a solid cement wall sandwiched between two pieces of EPS or Expanded Polystyrene.

The people of California will appreciate a wall that has up to an R-50 insulated value. This type of insulation is valuable in Southern California's heat or in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. An ICF wall system uses foam blocks that have a metal brace in the middle. After the barriers are locked into place, cement is beloved between the foam. Because the foam is left attached to the cement wall the building has insulation on the outside and the inside of the wall. This wall system enables a contractor to give an investor in a commercial center what he or she desires – energy efficiency.

The core of the ICF wall systems is cement, and this cement is reinforced. This is the security that people want in a commercial center. The walls are fire resistant (cement does not burn). The walls are structurally sound. Tests have been conducted showing an ICF wall can withstand two hundred and fifty mile per hour winds and the projectiles being blown around by the wind.