In the News...
ICF Builder Magazine's current issue is chock-full of Quad-Lock
Easy ICFs is synonymous with Quad-Lock!
See the online version.
System Update Moisture Control
is one of the most important issues in building design. Moisture
stored within a building envelope can promote undesirable
effects like mold and decay, if there is sufficient moisture
present and the building components are susceptible to water
The R-ETRO System can be
a key component in the strategy to control moisture in an
Read the full article.
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
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.
More Weather-Related Disasters?
When most of us think about the weather, we often think about
sun-filled days, breezy afternoons, or changing seasons. Frequently, we
use the weather as an excuse for small talk with people we have just
met. Lately, I can not help but recall recent headlines and newscasts
from across the world regarding extreme weather. Recently the earthquake
in China and just today, I read about a waterspout and tornadoes in the
United States. Other media have shared stories of the devastation caused
by hurricanes, tsunamis, forest fires and other acts of Mother Nature.
After these events have come and gone, we are left with staggering
numbers of people and dollars lost due to property damage and crumpled
I have found statistics from several sources that indicate both the
frequency and the severity of weather are increasing worldwide. While
discussion to the causes of this phenomenon would be intriguing, it is
secondary to the purpose of this article.
What I find astonishing is the rebuilding of these areas affected by
storms. I have seen firsthand, wooden structures completely ripped apart
by a hurricane only to be reconstructed using the same material.
Recently, a national cable television show in the United States had
footage of an entire town that was decimated by an F5 tornado. Not one
structure was left standing. The premise of the show was the rebuilding
of this town with green and sustainable structures. So far, I have
primarily seen wood structures being built. Am I missing something here?
is a better way to build that is safe, green and sustainable ICF
construction is building with reinforced concrete. From a severe weather
perspective, not only are you building an inherently safer structure,
you get the added benefits of energy savings, comfort, and durability.
So, in addition to sharing information about ICF construction with
people building new structures, we all need to do a better job of
sharing ICF knowledge with communities devastated by acts of Mother
Nature. Be prepared with statistical data or information regarding
weather-related losses in your regions. Some potential clients may find
this sobering information which pushes them to choose ICF construction
over another method. How does the story go: "I will HUFF and PUFF and
blow your house down". I know which way I am going to build my house,
how about you?
DJ Ketelhut Director of Sales, Eastern North America
(Picture courtesy of FEMA - Hurricane Katrina
New Product - Straight Bracket
One of the most popular components of the Quad-Lock ICF system are
the metal brackets for supporting corners, T-walls, window/door openings
- and now, 4-way wall intersections. Metal brackets interlock with
panels and ties to provide critical support against concrete pressure
while requiring no external bracing. This means that in most cases,
crews can work safely from the inside of the building (from successive
floor levels) with no ladders or scaffolding necessary on the outside of
The new Straight Bracket (Part Number: CBS) allows the installer to
secure a 4-way wall intersection by placing pairs of 34 inch long
Straight Brackets that span across intersecting walls. This provides a
solid connection between two wall segments that have been interrupted by
another wall plane. For example, the diagram below shows an exterior
wall that passes between an interior wall and an exterior buttress wall.
This situation is common in commercial and multi-family residential
buildings, in areas like:
- Deck areas requiring separation between units
- Support of heavy roof components
- Reinforcement of tall retaining walls
The buttress wall can now be secured back to a longer wall section,
and will not have to be braced from outside the building line. In the
case of multi-story construction, the higher the building, the more safe
and economical this becomes, as crews can work from the safety of the
inside of the building. Straight Brackets should be used in pairs and
secured with at least 4 tie flanges on each end of the brackets. If the
normal tie layout does not result in 4 tie flanges in the bracket, cut
additional flanges and insert between the normal ties. Place ties as
close to the wall intersection as possible. For more information on the
read our technical bulletin or
contact the Training and Technical Services Department.
It's that time of year...
Hot weather conditions can present challenges when pouring any ICF.
"Hot Weather" may include any or all of the following:
- High Ambient Temperatures
- Low Relative Humidity
- Wind Velocity
- Solar Radiation
Read our suggestions for building in sustained hot weather
conditions (excerpt from Quad-Lock Product Manual).
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.
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