ICFs are used in a host of specialty building applications, including sound dampening walls (between condo units) and in hurricane and tornado-prone regions.
Let's look at the Residence at Mont Blanc, a pair of 5-story, 64-unit apartment buildings in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is an example of a design carefully built for ICF construction. Each of the buildings has 82 corners and hundreds of window openings, but it was built with very little effort. All of the corners and walls are laid out to the exact dimensions of the block. The ceiling heights and window rough openings matched the courses of the ICFs to eliminate waste.
On most projects, the exterior shell of the building is comprised of ICFs. At the builder's discretion there is good reason to construct interior walls with ICFs as well. The Comfort Inn in Tifton, Georgia used ICFs for every wall in the hotel, saving an estimated $250,000 in construction costs.
One creative homeowner utilized an ICF wall around his master suite to acoustically soundproof it from the playroom nearby.
Safe rooms, theater rooms, wine cellars and anywhere else a load-bearing wall is required is a perfect use. It's simpler to build these complex structures with ICFs than any other building method.
Of course green technologies, including radiant hydronic in-floor heat is popular. Due to the thermal mass of the walls, temperatures inside an ICF home will be largely stabilized. Therefore in-floor heat is a great option.
Both residential and commercial structures benefit from the almost limitless design capability of the ICF system.