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Solving Winter Construction Challenges with ICFs

For any build team, the winter months and cold climates pose additional challenges, such as excess moisture, difficult working conditions, and frozen building materials. When constructing above grade structural walls, there are added factors to consider in creating a weather-tight building envelope. 

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