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Issue 23

May 2009  

New!! Demonstration Video

We had many requests for a shorter version of our Installation Training Video and it is now here!

This 6 minute "Demonstration Video" summarizes the features and benefits of Quad-Lock's Insulating Concrete Forms and goes over the system components and basic steps of building with Quad-Lock ICF. This video also describes special design elements including angles, t-walls, radius walls, pilasters, interior & exterior finishes, etc., as well as Quad-Deck and Green Roofs.

The Demonstration Video has no narration so is perfect for Trade Shows.

View & download this video.

 Commercial Development Featured in ICF Builder Magazine

The flagship of sustainable design in the Baja - La Concha Pearl - was recently featured in ICF Builder magazine.

The seven-story luxury condominium development is getting much publicity lately for its innovative and environmentally conscious building methods and has been submitted to the USGBC for LEED Gold Certification.

Quad-Lock ICFs were used for the 60,000+ sqft of exterior and interior walls with Quad-Deck used in the 82,000 sqft of floors. With a building size of over 84,000 sqft and 7-storeys, this is the largest, complete ICF building envelope to date.

Read the article about this development or browse the ICF Builder magazine's profiles.

Reprinted with permission from www.icfmag.com

DOE Study - Retrofits are Cost Effective

The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently commissioned a study analyzing the life-cycle of two retrofit options for a research library. The study found that the more expensive retrofit not only exceeded the 30% energy reduction but was also 16% more cost-effective than the less expensive option (over a 40-year period) and 12% more cost-effective than making no changes to the building.

Read the complete article in Environmental Building News.

This study validates the benefits of retrofitting existing buildings. Quad-Lock's R-ETRO Insulation System is the perfect solution for insulating the interior or exterior of existing buildings.

To learn more about the R-ETRO Insulation System go to www.r-etro.com.

Quad-Deck Residential Tilt-Up Project

A residential tilt-up project using Quad-Deck is going strong in the interior of British Columbia. Held up initially by the weather, this project is now getting "off the ground".

Nestled on a ridge overlooking the lake in beautiful Vernon, BC, this unique residence will be completed by end of summer 2009.

Vernon Quad-Deck Tilt-Up

Watch for the detailed Project Profile once this project is completed.

 Introduction to ICFs Webinars

Quad-Lock's Introduction to ICFs Webinars are still going strong.

See the complete schedule & register!

Join our Live Webinars!

"The goal of these webinars is really education" says DJ, Quad-Lock's Eastern North America Sales Director. "There is a lot of mis-information out there. Really all we are trying to do is be helpful to people who are interested in this building technology - if it helps sell Quad-Lock, that's great; but the real benefit is boosting the ICF industry."

During these 1-hour presentations, attendees will gain:

A basic understanding of ICF
An understanding of the types of structures you can build with ICF
Knowledge to make a more informed buying decision
Insight into the Quad-Lock difference

Reserve your seat in one of these upcoming webinars.

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Quad-Lock is Committed to the Environment

The economy is still slow, which gives all of us time to take a thorough look at our businesses, make improvements and get ready for the better times ahead.

We at Quad-Lock Building Systems, do not only want to sell a "green" building material, we want to be and live "green". We believe that this strongly distinguishes us from our competitors, not only in the ICF and insulation industries, but in the whole building materials industry.

In order to be and live "green", we have utilized the past months to work towards the following goals:

ISO-14001 Certification: ISO-14001 is the internationally recognized environmental management system standard. It provides a framework to manage the prevention of pollution. We are planning to certify Quad-Lock Building Systems to this standard in the early part of summer 2009. We will be the only company in the ICF industry (and one of the very few in the building materials industry) to do so.
Emissions reduction: We are actively working towards reducing our emissions to the lowest levels possible by doing energy audits on our equipment and implementing the commendations made.
Scrap reduction: We are working hard at reducing our scrap to even lower levels than what we have accomplished already. A reduction in scrap not only means fewer product that has to be reworked/recycled, but also more product that we can sell.
Minimize garbage: We are trying to minimize the garbage going to the dumps from our plants. We are doing this by recycling our and other's EPS scrap, and by recycling metals, other plastics and paper.

By working on all of the above goals, we will not only improve our environment, but we will also save energy and money.

And that is also what our products and services are all about: save energy and money for our customers and reduce our customers' impact on the environment. We do that by offering you the Quad-Lock wall systems with R-Values up to R-38, the Quad-Deck floor/roof systems with R-Values of up to R-33, and the R-ETRO insulation system with an R-Value of R-18.

Thank you for your continued support in these hard times. We do appreciate your loyalty.

Best regards,
Hubert Max Kustermann, CEO

What's So Green About ICFs? Part II

In the January 2009 installment of "What's So Green About ICFs?", we talked about Energy Conservation and Carbon Footprint Reduction. The main point was that to reduce the life-cycle cost of the building and reduce the carbon footprint, the biggest impact was gained by controlling the building's appetite for energy and reducing energy use during the operational phase of the building's life, where 90% of the total energy use is centered.

In this issue, let's take a look at how to minimize material consumption in the building shell, and at opportunities for on-site recycling of materials.

Minimize Concrete and Steel Consumption: As pointed out in the last issue, one of the biggest detractors from thermal performance in the building envelope is uncontrolled air leakage, or convection. Concrete walls offer a 100% effective air barrier, which studies have shown to reduce building air infiltration rates as much as 60%, with no extraordinary measures taken around windows and doors. (Source- CMHC "Monitored Thermal Performance of ICF Walls in MURBs" Dec-2007)

Whether the concrete is 12" [300mm] thick or 4" [100mm] thick, it will still act as an air barrier. In addition, concrete has very little R-Value, in fact almost negligible. Consequently, "more" is not necessarily "better". Unless there is some compelling reason to use thicker concrete walls, the minimum wall section size should be used in the building envelope design. Structural factors like seismic and wind loading should govern the selection of concrete wall thickness. Quad-Lock offers wall cavities as small as 3.75" [96mm], and the Quad-Lock, high density, EPS panels provide the same insulation values for all cavity sizes

Steel Fibers: Steel consumption can be minimized in many instances by employing steel fibers in the ICF concrete mix as a replacement for rebar. Steel fiber technology has made tremendous gains in the past few years and Quad-Lock customers have saved tens of thousands of dollars by substituting steel fibers for conventional reinforcing bar. The corresponding net reduction in the steel required makes this option very attractive from the 'green' point of view.

Quad-Deck: Recently, Quad-Lock had a structural engineer compare the material consumption in a conventional two-way slab versus a Quad-Deck 'one-way' slab design for a similar structure. The calculation revealed a 33% reduction in steel consumption and a 50% reduction in concrete usage for the same span and loading conditions by the Quad-Deck structure. Additionally, supporting elements would be of a much smaller size due to the lighter weight of the Quad-Deck T-beam structure.

A graphic illustration of this calculation follows:

Waste Reduction: Another way to 'green' a Quad-Lock project is to minimize waste generation. One of the greenest features of the Quad-Lock system is the ability to utilize panel off-cuts from the construction process. First, any piece of Quad-Lock panel that will fit between two ties can be used without danger of blow-out. As long as the seams fall between the two tie flanges of any tie, there is no danger. Workers need to develop the habit of looking first to the scrap pile when cutting panels. Mid-way through the installation, any piece of panel that can be cut to a multiple of 12" [300mm] should be prepared and used in the job.

Second, 10" [254mm] and even 8" [203mm] pieces of panel should be grouped and saved to serve as in-fill pieces at seams or near doors and windows, when a full panel doesn't quite reach. They can also be made into end-caps and used with Quad-Lock Window Brackets to terminate a wall.

Third, even the smallest panel pieces can be recycled on-site and used as insulation/protection over buried utility lines, like water and electrical supply lines. Under-slab insulation is another excellent use for panel scrap.

Cut ties should be collected and the tie flanges salvaged for use in corner and T-wall construction. Any leftover tie material can be recycled at most community recycling centers as 'HDPE', category 2.

Quad-Lock packaging should be used for jobsite clean-up, and later recycled. Quad-Lock plastic bags are "LDPE", category 4.

Tie boxes are recycled as "corrugated cardboard".

You can find resources for 'greening' your project on the Quad-Lock web site. Look for Technical Bulletin 1.90 on Best Material Utilization Practices and Quad-Lock's "Green Checklist" for design professionals and builders.

Call the Quad-Lock Training and Technical Services department for more information about steel fibers.

Douglas Bennion

Going Beyond the Block II

Dealer Sales & Product Supply

How frustrating is it to think of a couple more important items, AFTER you've hit the "print" button? That's what happened with our last installment of Beyond the Block that focused on total project solutions for foundations. Therefore, here are a few more points to consider when talking about total project solutions:

  • Get the project off to a good solid start by doing some planning and prep work. Recognizing the fact that your ICF work is only a portion of the complete job will give the customer confidence in the fact that you are a real team player with THEIR best interests in mind.
  • Look over the ENTIRE project before you start. Have a good understanding of the big picture, including the scope and timing for the various phases of work, especially where YOUR part fits. Think through the timeline for your project and line up supplies, laborers, inspections, etc., so the project isn't stalled by poor planning.
  • Meet and coordinate with the excavator before digging starts and stay in touch as the excavation proceeds. Dig only where needed and don't over-excavate!
  • Take the time to set batter boards (Boards erected at the corners of a proposed building to specifically locate and show corners and foundation wall height) and strings both before excavation and again after the footing is in place to be sure your footer is square and level. This "extra" work in the beginning will save re-doing, re-moving, re-setting, and re-GRETTING down the road as your Quad-Lock walls and floors will go up much more smoothly and quickly.
  • As mentioned in the previous article, when pouring the footer and stem wall at the same time you can eliminate one pump trip (saves $$) and get your project ready for the first floor install sooner (saves time). A word of caution with this method; make sure your concrete is flowing properly into the footing forms as it may "hang up" on the support member at the top of the footing and cause your wall to sag. Refer to pages 57/58 of the Quad-Lock manual and follow the monolithic pour diagram closely.
  • An electrical ground is required for the structure. A relatively simple solution for this nationwide electrical code requirement is the "Ufer Rod" method that takes advantage of the conductive properties of concrete; luckily, you will have plenty of that available with an ICF structure! How to: run a 20-foot piece of rebar UNDER your footing in direct contact with the soil so it can be connected to the main electrical panel. "Google it" and learn a little more.

John Hatfield - Regional Sales Manager, Rocky Mountain Region

We Need Your Help...

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 troubles.

Contact us for more information.

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