Journal Of Commerce – Insulated concrete form manufacturers launch association

The main related industries for the ICF manufacturers are homebuilders, concrete associations and ready mix concrete association in Canada and the United States, which share a common message.   Curated from Journal Of Commerce - Insulated concrete form manufacturers launch association  
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Windermere Green Home Basement

We chose Quad-Lock forms because it gave us the ability to increase the R-value over standard ICFs.  Whereas wooden forms are removed (and reused) after the cement wall is poured and hardens, the Quad-Lock forms stay in place and serve as insulation (unlike most homes, our crawl space is insulated). Here you can see the 4 1/4" outer wall and the 2 1/4" inner wall, yielding R-3o.Usually, the forms for a foundation wall are made using wooden forms, but we used Quad-Lock ICFs (insulated concrete fo...
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Net Zero Energy Home with ICF Basement

Harmony House is the winning entry in the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CHMC) EQuilibrium™ Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative. This project is designed to be built to the next generation green building standard and will ultimately be a Net Zero Energy home. Harmony House will include features such as: Quad-Lock Super-Insulated ICF Basement Walls. High levels of energy efficiency A healthy indoor environment An extremely comfortable, safe and quiet structure Si...
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Moonstone Project with Insulated Concrete Forms Basement Achieves Zero Carbon Rating & Zero Heating Standard

The expansive home in the Cotswolds, England, not only exceeds the UK's Code 6 Sustainable Homes Guide, it surpasses the German 'Passivhaus' energy efficiency standards by over 65%! This is quite a feat, especially when you consider that the home is over 21 times bigger than the average UK home, at 1,500 sqm (16,000 sqft). The entire construction process has been documented by the home's owner & builder, John Croft. Quad-Lock was chosen for the basement and some of the interior walls ...
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Five Steps to a Zero Energy House (ZEH)

Designers who work with zero energy homes say "system engineering" is the key to making it happen. The term refers to designing all the components of the unit to work together smoothly. We know and expect this of our cars; the engine, the transmission, the brakes, the chassis are all matched to work as a system. To maximize efficiency, the same concept is applied to a home. The building shell, the windows, the HVAC, the hot water, the electrical are designed and constructed to optimize performa...
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Basement Footings

When building your footings, ensure they are built level to within a tolerance of ¼" and that they are troweled smooth. If the footings are not level and smooth, it will create unnecessary work later when it is time to plumb the walls. If your project has stepped footings, try to maintain elevation changes in 12" or multiples thereof. This will minimize waste and speed up construction significantly. For Quad-Lock walls with nominal concrete thickness of 8" or less, the standard footing wi...
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Basement Excavation

Basement excavation should be always supervised by an experienced contractor. This procedure is usually performed by a basement excavation company, because it can be complicated as well as labor intensive. There are numerous specialty companies who focus exclusively on basement excavation and they can be a good choice for this type of a project. They can involve other companies to make the process as efficient as possible. Homeowners or General Contractors should be aware that a building permit ...
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