Builders Learn About New Concrete Construction

Home builders are learning about a construction technique that's supposed to better protect homes from hurricanes.

About 80 engineers, architects and building officials attended a workshop in Biloxi Tuesday to learn about Insulating Concrete Forms. The method involves pumping concrete into foam blocks, then reinforcing them with steel.

"What we wanted to do is bring a workshop here where we can talk about the proper design and proper construction. That's important," said Robert Varner with the Mississippi Concrete Industries Association.

"We want to stress that we have to build properly, we have to design properly to withstand forces like Katrina."

The Mississippi Concrete Industries Association says Insulated Concrete Forms can also lower energy bills, protect homes against fires, and are safer on the environment.