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
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
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
To learn more about the R-ETRO Insulation System go to
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
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!
"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
During these 1-hour presentations, attendees will
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.
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
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.
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
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
Checklist" for design professionals and builders.
Call the Quad-Lock Training and Technical Services department for
more information about steel fibers.
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
- 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
- Meet and coordinate with the excavator before digging starts and
stay in touch as the excavation proceeds. Dig only where needed and
- 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
- 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
John Hatfield - Regional Sales Manager, Rocky Mountain Region
Proven Energy Efficiencies
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.