These walls are made for withstanding natural disasters

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– We’ve covered the extensive damage caused by Tuesday night’s storms. Now we’re looking toward the future with some alternative ways to rebuild. 

Several contractors in the Ozarks are turning toward insulated concrete forms or ICF for short. 

Essentially an ICF structure looks like two pieces of foam board connected by rebar. When concrete is poured through the middle, the ICF boards snap into place. 

ICF walls are said to be able to withstand 250 mph winds and are 70% more energy efficient than wooden walls. 

ICF walls do cost more to build but you’re expected to get that money back in energy savings. 

ICF walls are also supposed to be fire resistant for up to four hours.

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