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OK, I don't know what happened with that last message. Maybe aliens took over my computer. Ignore it unless flying saucers start landing in your backyard...

Anyway, folks doing residential design with ICF's should probably check out the new PCA 100-07: Prescriptive Design of Exterior Concrete Walls for One- and Two-Family Dwellings. It updates the current design methods and tables (reflected in the IRC) to ACI 318-05 and ASCE 7-05. It is referenced in the about-to-be-released 2009 IRC. 

I'm not intimately familiar with its provisions and where (or if) they may diverge from some of ACI 318's minimums. I know the PCA committee had some of the same folks as the ACI 332 residential concrete committee, and some of the usual residential seismic gurus.


Gary J. Ehrlich, PE 
Program Manager, Structural Codes & Standards 
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 
1201 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 
ph: 202-266-8545  or 800-368-5242 x8545 
fax: 202-266-8369