Edward Scherrer is the President and Chief Engineer of InSoFast LLC. Building has been a constant in his life. Ed started with custom home construction and continued on with Insulating Concrete Form (ICFs) construction, radiant heating systems for do-it-yourselfers, and finally with InSoFast panels. Ed is problem fixer and is continually looking for ways to improve how things are built.
Building science, in regard to energy efficiency and durability, has always been important to Ed’s construction mindset. In the 1990’s, he built houses with low volume framing in combination with continuous exterior sheet insulation. His first Energy Star rated house was built in 1997.
When ICFs were introduced to Ed, he took in on with complete enthusiasm. While ICFs provide a superior structure, the actual construction process was very technical and difficult. Ed developed homeowner and contractor how to seminars and helped develop an engineering package to aid the building officials. Always looking at ways to improve, Ed made the on-site installation process easier with panelization kits. He provided training classes to contractors across the country in his panelization process. Ed also contributed to the patent for improving a new ICF form design which maximized sizing flexibility and reduced shipping costs.
Ed has always been DIY friendly. He developed DIY kits for radiant water heating systems, including a control center with boiler that just required the homeowner to make a couple of connections.
InSoFast panels were born from his experiences – both good and bad – in the ICF industry. Ed took the benefits: continuous insulation and built-in studs; but then he looked at what were the issues common to the industry: electrical installation, water leak migration through the wall, and poor installation in the field. He developed a product that was easy for DIYers but still answered all the issues that concerned the building science community. Ed wanted a foolproof-in-the-field product for finishing basements. Now with the new 2.5 EX panels, he has a a foolproof-in-the-field product for exterior insulation as well.
- Polysteel PolyPro ICF panel
- InSoFast Insulation and Framing Panel
Products Developed for ICF Industry
- Radius wire cutter
- Window buck tie back system
- Rebar holders
- Bracing system
PATH Concept Home (2008)
- “A Better Home Right Now“, Fine Homebuilding 193, pp.74-79 January 2008
Dean Seibert is the Director of Sales and Marketing and a partner at InSoFast, LLC, and has been an integral part of InSoFast, LLC since 2009. He brings a wealth of experience from the synthetic stucco industry (EIFS), the structural insulated panel industry (SIPS), and the Insulation Concrete Form industry (ICFS).
Dean was a past chairman of the Insulating Concrete Form Association (ICFA) and worked with the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters to write the training manual for the ICF industry. He is an experienced entrepreneur with a strong practical knowledge of the building industry.
Dean loves traveling out West where he backpacks and explores wilderness areas with his wife, Kristine, and his two children, Justin and Rachel.
Summary of Qualifications
- Experienced Entrepreneur with a successful record of founding companies, developing exterior wall products, supporting sales and directing operations
- Highly effective in communication and customer relations
- Extensive knowledge in exterior building envelope design
- Extensive knowledge in wall panelization
- Strong background in concrete forming and ICF construction methods and overall knowledge of residential and light commercial construction
- Certified Building code trainer for ICFs in the state of New Jersey
- “Prescriptive Method for Insulating Concrete Forms in Residential Construction“, NAHB Research Center, Inc., January 2002
- “Continuous Building Evolution“, Walls & Ceilings, August 2010
- “ICFS Blocked, Locked, and No Smoking Barrels“, Walls & Ceilings, pp. 28-29 January 2010
- “Energy Savings Makes Cents“, Walls & Ceilings, pp. 32-35, April 2011
- U.S Department of Energy’s Builders Challenge, 2010
- The Construction Specification Institute (CSI), 2011
- Insulating Concrete Form Association (ICFA), Chairman 2007
- Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA), 2000-2004
- The EPS Molders Association (EPSMA), 1998-2001
- EPS Industry Alliance (EPS-IA), 2013
- EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA), 1998-2001