Using ICFs and IFAs to enhance energy efficiency

The Academy at Nola Dunn is a clear example of why many school districts are using ICFs for new construction, as the school’s innovative use of ICFs and IFAs has greatly enhanced its energy efficiency and thermal performance. The project’s success highlights the advantages of focusing on the 
building envelope in environmentally conscious commercial construction.

Chris Keith, PhD, has served as researcher at Stala Integrated Framing Assemblies LLC for nine years. He holds a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Keith may be reached at

Cameron Ware of Futurestone LLC holds a BSME from the University of Texas at Arlington. As the Texas Nudura insulated concrete form (ICF) distributor, Ware provides technical support for more than 60 Texas schools built using Nudura ICF. He can be contacted via e-mail at

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