Quad-Deck for Dessert?
One might wonder as to why we publish a picture of a beachfront
condo project with conventionally formed concrete walls.
However, if you look closely at the underside of the floors, you
will see Quad-Deck ICF forms on every level. The units are all a
"pie" shape, which meant that every piece of Quad-Deck had to be
cut to a successively shorter length in order to fit. Through
the magic of CAD technology, Quad-Lock was able to provide the
exact lengths in order to fit the irregular shape. A small bevel
cut was done on site, with minimal waste. The Quad-Deck floors
spanned 31 feet at the longest dimension.
Each unit now has an R-34 insulated
floor with a 2 hr+ fire separation, and an STC-53+ sound rating.
The developer solved a host of issues with this single product,
and was delighted at the speed and ease of handling of the
Quad-Lock's technical team is ready to
help you design your next suspended slab or roof structure!
Contact the Quad-Lock Training and
Technical Services Department for more information.
Introduces Sustainable Briefing Kit
The Portland Cement Association (PCA)
has recently introduced a briefing kit that can answer all of
your questions about concrete and cement usage in sustainable
The kit includes FAQs about cement and
concrete, a comprehensive list of national associations and
organizations with an interest in sustainable development, fact
sheets, tech briefs and case studies. It also includes a press
kit. (A shameless plug, Quad-Lock's first LEED project at
Yellowstone National Park is featured in one of the case
You can download the whole briefing
kit, or just the parts that capture your interest by clicking
PCA Briefing Kit.
You can also sign-up for their Concrete
Thinking e-Newsletter that discusses cement-based applications
for sustainable development.
The New Year
end of a year often ushers in a time of reflection. Did I accomplish my
goals in 2007? Did I make a difference in somebody's life? Did I make an
impact on my business? Well you are not alone, the New Year is often
used to redraw the baseline yardstick that acknowledges our past
accomplishments and charts our future initiatives.
As we reflect on 2007, the residential building industry certainly
has had some challenges. These included: less housing starts, a credit
crunch-resulting in more scrutinized loans, lower home values, increased
inventory, and an uncertain economy. What a scary time to be in the
building industry, right? Not so fast.
Our challenges in the building industry the past year have set
Quad-Lock apart even more, and stronger than ever. A great company
adapts to the ever-changing marketplace and improves resources,
products, services, and strategies to offset these challenges. One such
change is Quad-Lock's commitment to be the premier "GREEN" supplier of
ICFs in 2008 and beyond. This strategy, among others was recently shared
by Hubert Max Kustermann, Quad-Lock's Chief Executive Officer, at our
national sales meeting held at the end of November. I was further
encouraged by our sales staff, they saw these new ideas as a positive
step in providing consultative solutions to the "GREEN" market as well
as others. Quad-Lock will continue to adapt to the market and improve
for the betterment of ICF technology and our business. We will continue
bringing value-added solutions to the building community; our future
will continue to be strong despite the economy and other external
So, as you reflect on 2007, I encourage you to look at all the
positive things you accomplished. And remember, 2008 is a brand new
year. This is a time to start fresh and make a difference in your
business and your personal life. I wish you all a safe and memorable
holiday season. Best regards from the Quad-Lock Team.
Do you know how much easier it is to recycle Quad-Lock product than
any other ICF on the market?
Let me step back and first say - you may not even have to ask
yourself this question.
Quad-Lock, because of its panel-type design, nearly eliminates
job-site waste - while other ICFs need to add in around a 12% waste
factor, Quad-Lock users enjoy less than 2% wastage. Larger off-cut
pieces (12" and 24") can be used in the walls between ties. Smaller
pieces can be re-used for insulating utility trenches or attics (as
examples). As for any extra ties, they can be used in your next project
or returned to the Dealer.
Virtually all ICF installers who started with another ICF product and
are now using Quad-Lock will tell you that keeping to a recycling
program with another ICF product just is not practical.
Why, you ask? Well, in order to recycle you need to separate the foam
from the webs that are integrated into the block products. Depending on
the size of the project and the type of block being installed this can
be a full-time, very messy job, for one person - with scarce labor
resources for any building projects, it's hard for anyone to justify
having one person just trying to 'do the right thing'.
Another reason why Quad-Lock is the best choice!
US Green Building Council Launches Educational Website
The USGBC has recently launched a new website
transform green building education through global, online access.
Greenbuild365.org will feature free and fee-based courses on green
building technologies and innovation, along with practical training to
prepare professionals to successfully apply LEED certification to
building design, construction and operation.
2008 Training Schedule
The end of 2007 is fast upon us, and that means the kickoff to the
2008 training season. In the coming year, Quad-Lock and its dealers have
over 40 training sessions scheduled, including 6 Advanced Training
events. Please see our website for an up-to-date
This year's Basic Installer Training will still focus on "hands-on"
experience for installing Quad-Lock. These very popular events continue
to be in high demand, as the adoption of ICFs continues at a fast pace.
New for this year's sessions are revised corner building techniques that
have come from the field, a short introduction to Quad-Deck pan-forms
for suspended floors and roofs, and new take-away materials to serve as
a refresher, or for training additional crew members.
Six Advanced Training sessions are scheduled generally, back-to-back
with Basic Installer Trainings. The 2008 sessions will still cover
Quad-Deck basics, including shoring requirements and wall-to-floor
connections, but will feature presentations on Green Roof and Tilt-up
applications as well. All presentations will be designed to serve
attendees in gaining a foothold in the "green" or sustainable building
market. There will be an outline of what 'sustainable' building
practices are and how Quad-Lock ICF products fit into these practices.
Attendees will walk away with immediate and cost-effective solutions for
answering questions that potential clients and their design
professionals will be asking.
Please consult our website or your
local Quad-Lock dealer for seminar
information. Schedules may change without notice so
please, confirm your dates.
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We wish you a Happy Holiday Season,
Quad-Lock Building Systems