Introducing the R-ETRO System...
Quad-Lock Building Systems, Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of
a new insulation system aimed at the renovation market. The R-ETRO
System is a fast, flexible, non-invasive form of insulation that will
add an R-value of R-18 to existing wall surfaces. The system easily
adapts to the shape of an existing building and around protrusions and
openings. It can be attached to any wall structure: wood, concrete,
steel, brick or masonry block.
As energy costs continue to rise, owners are considering the benefits
of adding insulation to their buildings as a way to comply with new code
regulations, or simply to lower their heating and/or cooling costs. When
done in conjunction with other scheduled maintenance or rehabilitation,
insulation is a cost-effective way to improve the building envelope
performance in terms of conductive heat loss or gain and air
infiltration or exfiltration. In the case of un-insulated basements, the
addition of insulation makes basement space more useable and
To get more information on the R-ETRO System visit
View the full press release and download
the R-ETRO System Brochure
Our Commitment to Sustainability
For Quad-Lock, sustainability means
embracing our responsibility to act as a good corporate citizen,
continually working to reduce energy consumption and carbon
output, ensuring that our employees and business partners are
treated fairly in all dealings, and striving to be a good
neighbor in every community in which we operate.
Quad-Lock strives to provide a
leadership role in the business community by accepting and
working on our responsibility for the earth's environment and to
society as a whole.
Quad-Lock strives to raise employee awareness of
environmental issues in order to reduce our environmental and
carbon footprint as a company and as individuals.
The Quad-Lock approach is to give full
consideration to environmental issues for all current business
activities and especially future endeavors in order to reduce
Compliance with Regulations
Quad-Lock aims at exceeding
requirements of applicable environmental regulations in all
aspects of its business activities.
E3 Building Sciences
ICF Walls in Residential Construction in Hot & Humid Climates
The housing market has slowed to its
lowest level in more than 20 years and the surviving builders
are working to differentiate themselves by incorporating "new"
ideas into their projects. As energy costs continue to rise,
there has been renewed interest in high performance energy
efficient building envelopes that cost less to own, operate and
maintain. E3 Building Sciences has tested more than 1600
residential homes with a variety of wall systems.
Read the "Perspective" on ICF Walls.
(reprinted with permission)
Looking for Some Island Time?
One of our Dealers located in the
Caribbean is looking for an experienced Site Supervisor as well
as Electricians and Coatings Applicators to work on a project
for two to six months.
If you're interested, please
New CAD Details
Quad-Lock has developed new CAD details
for our wall, floor and roof systems, specifically for typhoon
Review the CAD Details
in our Technical Library.
2009 ICFA Annual Conference & EXPO Forming
Portland Oregon will host this year's ICFA
Conference. This 3-day event has premiere speakers and
educational content. To register or find more information,
to the ICFA Website.
A Message From the CEO...
Quad-Lock's primary market, the United States, is currently going
through hard times. Residential building permits have shrunk by 50% over
the past three years and mortgage default rates have increased
significantly. There is a lot of talk about a recession, but I think
that when people talk about being in a recession in most cases, it is
Despite this, Quad-Lock is achieving double-digit growth again this
year. What are the reasons?
- In the US, Quad-Lock products are mostly sold into the mid- to
high-end of the market, an area which is not affected as much by the
above circumstances. Consequently, we have not seen a significant
drop in US sales.
- Construction in Western Canada is still going strong. We
continue to achieve good growth in our "home" market.
- International markets are growing strongly for us, especially
the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe.
As you know, a crisis can bring new opportunities with it. In my
mind, the two largest opportunities for us to add sales are both based
on rising energy costs.
The first opportunity is the R-ETRO System, which we are now
launching (please see other articles and announcements in this
newsletter). This system opens up a whole new market for us, adding
insulation to existing or new buildings to decrease energy consumption.
I am very excited about this system. I don't think we realized when we
were first designing the R-ETRO System (based on recent energy pricing
forecasts anyways), what the potential could be. There is almost no
competition for this system and initial feedback from the do-it-yourself
market is extremely positive.
The second opportunity is the commercial market, where we have
already achieved strong growth. A recent study by the CoStar Group, a
company that provides information to the commercial real estate industry
in the US and the UK, has identified the following trends for green
buildings (LEED or Energy Star certified):
- Green buildings achieve up to 60% higher sale prices per sqft
- Green building achieve up to 50% higher rents
- Green buildings achieve 4% higher occupancy rates on average
- Green buildings lower operating costs by more than 10%
Non-green buildings are becoming obsolete. An aging population and a
far more eco-minded generation have many people looking to "downsize"
from their single family homes to condos or townhomes. These facts
create an immense opportunity for us. Time and again, we have proven
that the Quad-Lock system shines in the construction of condos or
townhomes. So, let's spread the good news about commercial green trends
and increase our share of the commercial (lease/rental) market.
I am ever more confident that we have the right products to help the
world master the energy crisis and sustainable development. We still
have a lot of education to do, but we are in this business at the right
Thank you for your support.
Hubert Max Kustermann
The Quad-Lock Community Continues to Grow...
Quad-Lock's distribution partner in the Baltic state of Estonia, who
joined the Quad-Lock family in 2007, held a 2-day advanced training
session in Tartu, Estonia in May 2008.
The advanced training covered the latest developments for using
Quad-Lock, Quad-Deck and the newly developed R-ETRO System. Our goal was
to share this information with as many Quad-Lock enthusiasts as
possible. Quad-Lock Estonia OÜ invited Douglas Bennion, Senior Training
Consultant, to come over and assist with the training. Experienced
Estonian Quad-Lock installers and business partners as well as newcomers
and distributors from five other European and Middle East countries were
also in attendance.
The international audience originating from Estonia, Faroe Islands,
Germany, Israel, Latvia and Slovenia experienced a very well-organized
training during which all relevant issues were covered. All participants
testified that this kind of meeting is the ideal platform to learn, to
meet, to share experiences and to establish sustainable ways of
communication across frontiers and language boundaries which guarantees
to make the Quad-Lock network even stronger.
We are highly impressed by the enthusiasm and professionalism of our
Estonian partners and hope that experiencing such an event will
encourage other partners to follow.
Background: The Republic of Estonia, the northernmost and
smallest of the three Baltic States is home to some 1.3 million people
and covers an area of about 17,400 square miles. In 1991, Estonia, a
former member state of the Soviet Union, regained its sovereignty by the
so-called "singing revolution". Estonia became a member of the European
Union in 2004 and is regarded as a "model student amongst the newer EU
members. The Baltic States, in the style of the upcoming Asian
countries, are becoming known as the "Baltic Tigers" for their strong
Sales Manager, Europe
Proven Energy Efficiencies
As part of our on-going development of materials to assist in the
sale of Quad-Lock, we want to create a library of statistics about
structures built with Quad-Lock Insulating Concrete Forms. You can help
us by submitting your energy bills, along with the bills from a
comparable house in your neighborhood for us to add to our library. When
you do this Quad-Lock will pay your highest month's energy bill for your
Contact us for more information.