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REPORT FROM THE INSULATING CONCRETE FORMS MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION The ICFMA continues to work very hard to fulfill its mission to enhance the position of ICFs in the North American marketplace. The ICFMA continues to work and coordinate with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Concrete Canada, EPS Industry Alliance, National Association of Home Builders and the Canadian Home Builders Association. MARKETING INITIATIVES The ICFMA worked with the ICF Builder Group to present a very successful three-installment 2018 ICF Summit at World of Concrete in January 2018. We also joined forces with the PCA, FLASH (the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes) and other organizations to stage the Breezy Point Demonstration re-build to showcase disaster resilient construction in the Rockaway Beach community which was hit by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The ICFMA works closely with the NRMCA to support their 5-year, $20 million Build With Strength initiative to promote concrete constructed low- and mid-rise buildings. To support these efforts the ICFMA published an ICF industry-approved Design Manual for Multi-Story Buildings and has also created an industry-approved generic ICF Installer training program.

In 2017 the ICFMA published a groundbreaking independent study comparing the thermal performance of ICF construction to wood-frame construction. The results of this study confirmed dramatically superior energy-efficiency performance and far greater effective R-value demonstrated by the ICF wall assembly. In 2018 the ICFMA will be conducting a series of additional thermal testing to further document the superior thermal performance and energy-efficiency of ICFs. And finally, the ICFMA has worked with RS Means to ensure that updated and accurate ICF costing data will be included in the upcoming editions of RS Means online and hardcopy resources which are commonly referenced by designers and builders during a project’s design, bid and construction phases. TECHNICAL INITIATIVES The ICFMA participated in the industry-wide water intrusion testing program to determine the best practices for window installation and detailing in ICF walls. We also are working toward re-affirming the Canadian ICF standard and getting incorporated into the Canadian building code. —Andy Lennox, Chair of the ICFMA

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ICF MANUFACTURER (FORMS)

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ICF MANUFACTURER AMVIC Building System Patrick McMahon 501 McNicoll Ave. Toronto, Ontario M2H 2E2 marketing@amvicsystem.com 877-470-9991 (toll free) • Fax: 416-759-7402 amvicsystem.com Amvic Building System is a leading Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) manufacturer of insulated building materials across Canada and US. Amvic offers an array of innovation solutions including Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), ICF Flooring, Roofing and Accessories, Insulated Pex Panel for in-floor hydronic heat and Rigid Board insulation for above grade, below grade and under slab applications. The Amvic product line is built to a higher standard, with exceptional strength, quality, energy efficiency and ease of installation which results in long term cost savings and superior comfort.

BuildBlock Building Systems Brian Corder 9705 N. Broadway Extension, Suite 200 Oklahoma City, OK 73114 info@buildblock.com 866-222-2575 • Fax: 831-597-0792 buildblock.com BuildBlock Building Systems produces BuildBlock ICF, BuildLock Knockdown ICF, BuildRadius ICF, BuildBuck, BuildDeck, GlobalBlock, BuildShield Termite & Firestop, and accessories in 14 locations across North America. The BuildBlock Product Family is the strongest and most install friendly residential and commercial ICF system for creating energy efficient homes and buildings. See ad on inside front cover.

Fox Blocks Michael Kennaw 6110 Abbott Dr. • Omaha, NE 68110 info@foxblocks.com 877-369-2562 foxblocks.com With decades of experience and innovation in the ICF industry, Fox Blocks back up our products, support service and delivery that builder, contractors and designers expect. In 2006 after 20 years of producing all brands of ICFs, Airlite Plastics introduced the Fox Blocks ICF brand to the market with the latest design for energy efficient, resilient and durable construction products.

IntegraSpec ICF Shelly Faye 11U-735 Arlington Park Place Kingston, Ontario K7M 8M8 info@integraspec.com 613-634-1319 • Fax: 613-634-2291 integraspec.com IntegraSpec ICF is an award-winning, energy-efficient, patent-protected, panelized insulating concrete form wall system utilized in commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural construction. Products: IntegraSpec ICF, Santa Fe bucks and headers, Integra R-Boost, IntegraFB.

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Logix ICF Ltd. P.O. Box 162 logixicf.com Port Hope, Ontario L1A 1A1 888-415-6449 logixicf.com Logix Insulated Concrete Forms brings it all together - a high-performance building technology with full technical support and whole building solutions. Whether you want to build the absolutely perfect home, an incredibly comfortable basement or a high-performance commercial building, Logix ICF is the complete construction solution with built-in savings, resilience and comfort. Logix is the ICF Solutions Company helping you Build Anything Better.

NUDURA Inc. 27 Hooper Drive, Unit #10 Barrie, ON L4N 9S3 705-726-9499 • Fax: 705-726-2110 nudura.com Products: NUDURA ICF Series, One Series, Plus Series NUDURA Insulated Concrete Forms provide a building envelope that maximizes energy efficiency, strength, sound and fire resistance. NUDURA’s 6 in 1 building step allows you to build faster, more efficiently: a proven alternative to traditional building methods. See ad on back cover.

Quad-Lock Building Systems, Ltd. quadlock.com

Superform Products Ltd.

Jason Unruh Box 2696 Pincher Creek, Alberta T0K 1W0 admin@superformicf.ca jason@superformicf.ca 403-627-3555 • Fax: 403-627-3553 superformicf.ca Superform strives to provide superior products to ensure the longevity of building construction. The Superform System is intended to replace conventionally poured concrete foundation walls in residential and commercial construction. See ad on page 10.

ACCESSORIES/BUILDING PRODUCTS AMVIC Building System Patrick McMahon 501 McNicoll Ave. Toronto, Ontario M2H 2E2 marketing@amvicsystem.com 877-470-9991 (toll free) • Fax: 416-759-7402 amvicsystem.com Amvic Building System is a leading Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) manufacturer of insulated building materials across Canada and US. Amvic offers an array of innovation solutions including Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), ICF Flooring, Roofing and Accessories, Insulated Pex Panel for in-floor hydronic heat and Rigid Board insulation for above grade, below grade and under slab applications. The Amvic product line is built to a higher standard, with exceptional strength, quality, energy efficiency and ease of installation which results in long term cost savings and superior comfort.


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name name BuildBlock Building Systems Brian Corder 9705 N. Broadway Extension, Suite 200 Oklahoma City, OK 73114 info@buildblock.com 866-222-2575 • Fax: 831-597-0792 buildblock.com BuildBlock Building Systems produces BuildBlock ICF, BuildLock Knockdown ICF, BuildRadius ICF, BuildBuck, BuildDeck, GlobalBlock, BuildShield Termite & Firestop, and accessories in 14 locations across North America. The BuildBlock Product Family is the strongest and most install friendly residential and commercial ICF system for creating energy efficient homes and buildings. See ad on inside front cover. Cascade ICF cascadeicf.com

Creatherm Cameron Cobb 17715 Commerce Dr., Suite 100 Westfield, IN 46074 info@creatherm.com 888-925-5484 creatherm.com Ready for a simple, innovative tube installation system: CREATHERM Radiant Floor Panels provide an energy efficient solution – one that saves time and labor costs – and can be installed anywhere. Our Creatherm panels provide an efficient thermal and sound barrier between the ground and heated slab. Interlocking panels measure approximately two feet by four feet for an easy staggered layout. A snap-tight grid allows for precise tube layout that walks into place. Eliminate the need to tie, clip, staple or screw PEX tubing to a substrate. Panels are available in 1.8”, 2”, 2.8” and 3.3” thicknesses. More information may be found by visiting our website at creatherm.com or by contacting us Toll Free: 888.WALK-IT-IN (925-5484). FAST. EASY. SAVES LABOR. JUST WALK IT IN!

Fox Blocks 6110 Abbott Dr. • Omaha, NE 68110 info@foxblocks.com 877-369-2562 foxblocks.com With decades of experience and innovation in the ICF industry, Fox Blocks back up our products, support service and delivery that builder, contractors and designers expect. In 2006 after 20 years of producing all brands of ICFs, Airlite Plastics introduced the Fox Blocks ICF brand to the market with the latest design for energy efficient, resilient and durable construction products.

ICF Supply Co. thefootholdicf.com

Insul-Deck LLC insuldeck.com

IntegraSpec ICF Shelly Faye 11U-735 Arlington Park Place Kingston, Ontario K7M 8M8 info@integraspec.com 613-634-1319 • Fax: 634 2291 integraspec.com IntegraSpec ICF is an award-winning, energy-efficient, patent-protected, panelized insulating concrete form wall system utilized in commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural construction. Products: IntegraSpec ICF, Santa Fe bucks and headers, Integra R-Boost, IntegraFB.

Kelken Construction Systems Ken Ginsky 550 Hartle Street Suite C Sayreville, NJ 08872 ken@kelken.com 732-416-6730 • Fax: 732-416-6733 kelken.com Kelken Construction Systems is a Manufacturer and Distributor of various types of Anchoring systems. Including Kelken Chemical Adhesive (Keligrout/ Keligrout 101p), Epoxy, Mechanical Anchors (Wedge), fabrication of specialty type Kelken Anchors (both Permanent and Temporary as well as cast-

in-place, hook and anchor bolts as well as Double Ended Rods sizes ½” - 4”. Kelken is also the marketing and distribution company in the North East for Adhesives Technology (Ultrabond Products) line of Concrete Repair, Demolition and Epoxy Adhesive Anchoring Systems. See ad on page 10.

NUDURA Inc. 27 Hooper Drive, Unit #10 Barrie, ON L4N 9S3 705-726-9499 • Fax: 705-726-2110 nudura.com Products: NUDURA ICF Series, One Series, Plus Series NUDURA Insulated Concrete Forms provide a building envelope that maximizes energy efficiency, strength, sound and fire resistance. NUDURA’s 6 in 1 building step allows you to build faster, more efficiently: a proven alternative to traditional building methods. See ad on back cover.

Superform Products Ltd. Jason Unruh Box 2696 Pincher Creek, Alberta T0K 1W0 admin@superformicf.ca 403-627-3555 • Fax: 403-627-3553 jason@superformicf.ca superformicf.ca Superform strives to provide superior products to ensure the longevity of building construction. The Superform System is intended to replace conventionally poured concrete foundation walls in residential and commercial construction. See ad on page 10.

ANCHORING SYSTEMS FOR CONCRETE & MASONRY Kelken Construction Systems Ken Ginsky 550 Hartle Street Suite C Sayreville, NJ 08872 ken@kelken.com 732-416-6730 • Fax: 732-416-6733 kelken.com Kelken Construction Systems is a Manufacturer and Distributor of various types of Anchoring systems. Including Kelken Chemical Adhesive (Keligrout/ Keligrout 101p), Epoxy, Mechanical Anchors (Wedge), fabrication of specialty type Kelken Anchors (both Permanent and Temporary as well as cast-in-place, hook and anchor bolts as well as Double Ended Rods sizes ½” - 4”. Kelken is also the marketing and distribution company in the North East for Adhesives Technology (Ultrabond Products) line of Concrete Repair, Demolition and Epoxy Adhesive Anchoring Systems. See ad on page 10.

ARCHITECT Leigh Overland Architect ldoverland.com

AUTHORIZED NUDURA & LITE DECK DISTRIBUTOR Cascade ICF cascadeicf.com

BUILDER/CONTRACTOR/INSTALLER Force 5 Walls, Inc.

Rodney Hubble P.O. Box 557 • Magnolia Springs, AL 36555 force5walls@msn.com force5icf@gmail.com 251-965-9494 • Cell: 251-213-2423 • 251-213-9255 force5walls.com Force 5 Walls is a licensed general contractor/subcontractor, distributor and installer of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), as well as conventional cast-in-place construction for wall, floor and roof systems. We offer assistance and consulting from design to completion, as well as installation and contractor training. Our mission is to provide quality products and service in a professional and timely manner resulting in successful projects. May/June 2018 • Concrete Homes

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Shelly Faye 11U-735 Arlington Park Place Kingston, Ontario K7M 8M8 info@integraspec.com 613-634-1319 • Fax: 613-634-2291 integraspec.com IntegraSpec ICF is an award-winning, energy-efficient, patent-protected, panelized insulating concrete form wall system utilized in commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural construction. Products: IntegraSpec ICF, Santa Fe bucks and headers, Integra R-Boost, IntegraFB.

Turning Leaf Construction, LLC

Quad-Lock Building Systems, Ltd.

ICF Pro-Link 60 Montclair Ave. Toronto, Ontario M5P 1P7 icfprolink.com ICF Pro-Link is an online database that matches customers and projects with ICFexperienced installers, architects, designers and engineers.

Pyramid Builder LC

4150 St. Johns Parkway, Ste. 1000 Sanford, FL 32771 john@turningleafco.com 407-792-4531 turningleafco.com Turning Leaf Construction is a licensed general contractor/subcontractor that specializes in the installation of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). As a nationally recognized and award winning ICF installation contractor we provide certified, experienced, and insured employee installers for residential and commercial projects throughout the state of Florida. Additionally, we are a custom home builder that features ICFs in the design and construction of our homes.

Willert Construction Kerry Willert 425 Starlight Drive • Keller, TX 76248 estimating@willertconstruction.com 612-363-8227 willertconstruction.com Willert Construction is offering commercial, industrial and residential ICF construction in the Upper Mid-West markets of Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. See ad inside back cover.

CONCRETE DECKING/ROOFING AMVIC Building System Patrick McMahon 501 McNicoll Ave. Toronto, Ontario M2H 2E2 marketing@amvicsystem.com 877-470-9991 (toll free) • Fax: 416-759-7402 amvicsystem.com Amvic Building System is a leading Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) manufacturer of insulated building materials across Canada and US. Amvic offers an array of innovation solutions including Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), ICF Flooring, Roofing and Accessories, Insulated Pex Panel for in-floor hydronic heat and Rigid Board insulation for above grade, below grade and under slab applications. The Amvic product line is built to a higher standard, with exceptional strength, quality, energy efficiency and ease of installation which results in long term cost savings and superior comfort.

BuildBlock Building Systems

Brian Corder 9705 N. Broadway Extension, Suite 200 Oklahoma City, OK 73114 info@buildblock.com 866-222-2575 • Fax: 831-597-0792 buildblock.com BuildBlock Building Systems produces BuildBlock ICF, BuildLock Knockdown ICF, BuildRadius ICF, BuildBuck, BuildDeck, GlobalBlock, BuildShield Termite & Firestop, and accessories in 14 locations across North America. The BuildBlock Product Family is the strongest and most install friendly residential and commercial ICF system for creating energy efficient homes and buildings. See ad on inside front cover.

Cascade ICF cascadeicf.com

Insul-Deck LLC insuldeck.com

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quadlock.com

FOOTING FORMS ICF Supply Co. thefootholdicf.com

ICF ENGINEERING & PLANS Cascade ICF

cascadeicf.com

ICF SUPPLIER Cascade ICF

cascadeicf.com

Force 5 Walls, Inc.

Rodney Hubble P.O. Box 557 • Magnolia Springs, AL 36555 force5walls@msn.com force5icf@gmail.com 251-965-9494 • Cell: 251-213-2423 • 251-213-9255 force5walls.com Force 5 Walls is a licensed general contractor/subcontractor, distributor and installer of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), as well as conventional cast-in-place construction for wall, floor and roof systems. We offer assistance and consulting from design to completion, as well as installation and contractor training. Our mission is to provide quality products and service in a professional and timely manner resulting in successful projects.

Fox Blocks Michael Kennaw 6110 Abbott Dr. • Omaha, NE 68110 info@foxblocks.com 877-369-2562 foxblocks.com With decades of experience and innovation in the ICF industry, Fox Blocks back up our products, support service and delivery that builder, contractors and designers expect. In 2006 after 20 years of producing all brands of ICFs, Airlite Plastics introduced the Fox Blocks ICF brand to the market with the latest design for energy efficient, resilient and durable construction products.

FutureStone Cameron Ware Fort Worth, TX cameron.ware@futurestone.com 817-377-9215 futurestone.com As the Texas Distributor for NUDURA ICFs and related products, FutureStone offers referral to experienced installers, free take-offs for your project as well as a variety of training and continuing education classes for NUDURA Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) construction throughout Texas.


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name name IntegraSpec ICF Shelly Faye 11U-735 Arlington Park Place Kingston, Ontario K7M 8M8 info@integraspec.com 613-634-1319 • Fax: 613-634-2291 integraspec.com IntegraSpec ICF is an award-winning, energy-efficient, patent-protected, panelized insulating concrete form wall system utilized in commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural construction. Products: IntegraSpec ICF, Santa Fe bucks and headers, Integra R-Boost, IntegraFB.

Kelken Construction Systems Ken Ginsky 550 Hartle Street Suite C Sayreville, NJ 08872 ken@kelken.com 732-416-6730 • Fax: 732-416-6733 kelken.com Kelken Construction Systems is a Manufacturer and Distributor of various types of Anchoring systems. Including Kelken Chemical Adhesive (Keligrout/ Keligrout 101p), Epoxy, Mechanical Anchors (Wedge), fabrication of specialty type Kelken Anchors (both Permanent and Temporary as well as castin-place, hook and anchor bolts as well as Double Ended Rods sizes ½” - 4” Kelken is also the marketing and distribution company in the North East for Adhesives Technology (Ultrabond Products) line of Concrete Repair, Demolition and Epoxy Adhesive Anchoring Systems. See ad on page 10.

Cascade ICF cascadeicf.com

Creatherm Cameron Cobb 17715 Commerce Dr., Suite 100 Westfield, IN 46074 info@creatherm.com 888-925-5484 creatherm.com Ready for a simple, innovative tube installation system: CREATHERM Radiant Floor Panels provide an energy efficient solution – one that saves time and labor costs – and can be installed anywhere. Our Creatherm panels provide an efficient thermal and sound barrier between the ground and heated slab. Interlocking panels measure approximately two feet by four feet for an easy staggered layout. A snap-tight grid allows for precise tube layout that walks into place. Eliminate the need to tie, clip, staple or screw PEX tubing to a substrate. Panels are available in 1.8”, 2”, 2.8” and 3.3” thicknesses. More information may be found by visiting our website at http://www.creatherm.com or by contacting us Toll Free: 888.WALK-IT-IN (925-5484). FAST. EASY. SAVES LABOR. JUST WALK IT IN!

Heat-Sheet

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P.O. Box 162 Port Hope, Ontario L1A 1A1 888-415-6449 heat-sheet.com Heat-Sheet is the Advanced Radiant Floor Panel System. Heat-Sheet offers a series of durable high quality radiant panels, each specifically designed for their particular application. Heat-Sheet panels are ideal for slab-on-grade, retro-fit and commercial/snow-melt applications.

BuildBlock Building Systems

IntegraSpec ICF

Brian Corder 9705 N. Broadway Extension, Suite 200 Oklahoma City, OK 73114 info@buildblock.com 866-222-2575 • Fax: 831-597-0792 buildblock.com BuildBlock Building Systems produces BuildBlock ICF, BuildLock Knockdown ICF, BuildRadius ICF, BuildBuck, BuildDeck, GlobalBlock, BuildShield Termite & Firestop, and accessories in 14 locations across North America. The BuildBlock Product Family is the strongest and most install friendly residential and commercial ICF system for creating energy efficient homes and buildings. See ad on inside front cover.

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BELLESTONE CASTLE ICF MARVEL IN MICHIGAN Text by Vanessa Salvia • Photos courtesy of Michael Drew

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ES, CASTLES IN TODAY’S WORLD FREQUENTLY HOST TOUR GROUPS. BUT MOST TOUR GROUPS AREN’T TOURING PRIVATE HOMES IN THE UNITED STATES! THE HOME OF MICHAEL AND SUE DREW, A PRIVATE RESIDENCE IN EASTERN MICHIGAN, HOSTS TOURS OF PEOPLE CURIOUS ABOUT HOW THEY BUILT THEIR “CASTLE” FROM ICFs.

That attention the project is bringing to ICFs is just one of the reasons that the Drew castle was first runner up in the 2018 ICF Builder Awards in the residential category.

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Next page: The attention this home is bringing to ICF construction in Michigan is one of the reasons it is an award-winner. Left: All totaled, the Drews brought in some 572,000 pounds of granite for the home, for a variety of stone accents and features.

he says. “I also have a couple of friends who are not general contractors but did their own houses so I had their help. The fact is whether it’s a big house or a small house there’s a certain amount of things that need to be done. You’ve got electrical, framing, roofing, plumbing, HVAC, finish carpentry. It’s about finding the right people and trusting them.” Armed with a list of needs, Drew embarked on managing the work and trying to educate people about ICFs where necessary. For instance, the electricians had not worked with ICFs before and were unsure about proceeding. Drew ended up cutting out all of the channels and holes for the electrical boxes and cables himself because they’d never done it. “It took a little longer but I got it done,” he says. In 2011, the Drews were ready to build on their 46-acre property that was formerly a Christmas tree farm with several low-lying wet spots. Their original plan was for a small, cottagesized Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design. Drew first began digging ponds for dirt to build up a berm at the road in front of the property and for fill around the house to create a basement. In the middle of this process, the township passed an ordinance stating that in order to have a pond the house had to be a minimum of 1,000 square feet. The Drews had paid an architect to design a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house, but they just didn’t feel that it fit on the property. 12

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“I was in a panic. I started looking for the cheapest 1,000-square-foot house I could find, and that’s when I found Dan Tyree’s website,” says Drew. “He has small house plans but also had these castle plans.” Those plans were designed with ICF in mind. After seeing the Tyree designs, the Drews decided that their new home would be a castle. The traditional features of a castle, the courtyard in particular, were one of the things they both loved. The Drews also worked with Scott McElrath, president at Dangerous Architects, a local Michigan-based firm that helped them add some lower-floor windows and meet some Michigan building standards. McElrath also drew up plans for the granite that the Drews wanted, including an 80,000-pound main arch. All totaled, the Drews brought in some 572,000 pounds of granite in 13, 20-foot long containers. Other than a friend of Michael’s who had used ICFs on a house he built, Michael had no previous experience with ICFs. “I was very impressed with the idea,” he says. “I did a bit of research and found BuildBlock. I liked the fact that they had plastic supports every 6 inches.” Drew had considered using structural masonry (three bricks thick) to build the home, but energy efficiency was a big consideration. “Using ICFs came down to the fact that it was very sturdy and energy efficient,” he says. “Since I live in Michigan I couldn’t get past the idea of minus 10-degree days and the possibility of waking up to frost on the interior walls.” With that decision made, the Drews had to turn their attention to the site. The water table is only 16 inches below the surface and they knew they wanted a full basement, because Michael grew up in Illinois with a house that has a basement tornado shelter. Tornadoes are sometimes a concern in this area of Michigan too, so they wanted that extra security. They built a berm with 45,000 cubic yards of dirt dug up from the four ponds they created. The 9,000-square-foot castle has a total of four bedrooms, five full baths, two powder rooms and one 3/4 bath. The first floor holds the heated three-car garage, mud room, first floor laundry, 3/4 bath, landing, kitchen, butlers pantry, one powder room, entry hall, dining room, great room, library, garden room, passage and a second powder room. The first floor of the tower is a billiards room. Over the garage is a blue-themed guest bedroom, a second laundry and a green guest bedroom. The second floor of the main house has a craft room/third


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guest bedroom and the master suite which includes his-and-hers walk-in closets and separate baths, the master bedroom, master bedroom sitting room and a bar on the second floor of the tower. The third floor of the tower is an office. Quarter sawn white oak is a predominant theme in the interior, with most rooms featuring abundant wood trim. With so much space to work with, each of the three guest bedrooms includes a small kitchenette, similar to a small kitchen area you would find in a hotel. The rooms were so large, that including some extra luxuries just made sense. And when the in-laws visit, everyone has their own private space and the whole family isn’t all reaching for the coffee pot at the same time. One of the guest bedrooms also has its own custom granite fireplace and a huge walk-in linen closet. When there are no guests, the guest wing can be closed off, so the family can save on energy costs. The second-floor master bedroom suite can only be found if you know where to look for the entrance, which is hidden by a bookshelf door that blends into the rest of the bookshelves that line the hallway. A Jack and Jill bathroom there is matched by walk-in closets. Naturally, the bathroom features every luxury, including custom granite shower bases, sinks and matching bathtub designs. The sitting room features a beautiful fireplace with large windows and another small kitchenette. A considerable use of granite is one of the signature features of the home. “I have 179 pages of granite fabrication drawings

for stones that go around doors, windows, steps, chimney caps, fireplaces, hearths, and an 80,000-pound granite arch!” enthuses Drew. “I also used pre-fabricated bucks for all the doors and windows from PreBuck in Wyoming, Michigan. Brett Schlosser, the owner worked with me to design and build custom bucks. I wanted them built especially for this project so that I could do angled jambs that look like pocket shutters.” Pre-fabricated bucks are designed for direct contact with concrete and are non-corrosive to metals. Pocket shutters, clever carpentry that allows for the shutters to fold into a pocket built into the window casing, are something you see on old English buildings. The home’s basement utilized 8-inch ICF block, which changes to 6-inch block for the first and second floor. If he had used 8-inch block all the way, he could have had the real pocket shutters, but it would have been more expensive. That turned out to be one of the few things that Michael Drew regrets about the design of the home. The build also included other interesting things, like the use of top chord bearing floor trusses that sit on angle iron that is held to the ICF by J-bolts. Top chord bearing open web trusses are used to support the first and second story floors. The openweb trusses allow pipes, wires and HVAC ducts to pass through without having to cut out channels. The exterior was finished with brick and granite. In true castle fashion, 140,000 pounds of 1/2-inch slate covers the roof. As per “The Slate Roof Bible” book, the slate must be nailed, using copper nails, into solid lumber at least May/June 2018 • Concrete Homes

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PROJECT STATISTICS LOCATION: EASTERN MICHIGAN TYPE: PRIVATE RESIDENCE SIZE: 9,000 SQUARE FEET ICF USE: 14,235 SQUARE FEET ICF INSTALLATION TIME:: FOUR STAGES, ROUGHLY ONE WEEK EACH BUILDER AND GENERAL CONTRACTOR: MICHAEL DREW WINDOW AND DOOR BUCKS: PREBUCK, PREBUCKPRODUCTS.COM ICF SYSTEM: BUILDBLOCK, BUILDBLOCK.COM ICF INSTALLER: ADAM EERDMAN, TURTLEWALL.COM ARCHITECTS: DAN TYREE, TYREEHOUSEPLANS.COM SCOTT MCELRATH, DANGEROUS ARCHITECTS, DANGEROUS ARCHITECTS.COM

one-inch thick. Treated lumber was chosen for the roof deck. Michael waited for it to go on sale at Menards then ordered 16,363 linear feet, over three miles, of 5/4 treated decking. “The salesman was very amused when I walked up and ordered three miles of their decking!” Drew says. Copper nails are compatible with treated lumber as treated lumber nowadays mostly contains copper. He has an insulation value of R98 in the roof under the slate. 
 Since energy efficiency was important, they used HRCS for ventilation and geothermal heating and cooling. For the geothermal, Drew pumps out well water at about 50 degrees, takes the heat out of it and dumps that water back into one of the ponds. “They are awesome air conditioners and you don’t have an ugly, noisy thing sitting outside your house,” he says. “In the wintertime it’s ok but not super energy efficient because it’s such a big house. If I had it to do over again I would do geothermal for air conditioning but forced air with gas for the heat because geothermal are not as efficient as heaters.” The initial house plans didn’t call for any solar, but Drew considered it and may include some solar features in the future. While there’s a lot to love about the home, Drew says everyone loves the wall walk that goes over the courtyard arch. “It takes you from the guest wing to the bar,” he says. “I especially love the garden room. It has big windows facing south and in the winter here the sun is low and in the south and it gets up to 80 degrees in there. It’s really nice to sit in there with the plants.” 14

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Top left: The home’s basement utilized 8-inch ICF block which changes to 6-inch block for the first and second floors. Below: The home includes every luxury, including a fireplace in the sitting room.


industrynews CONSENSUSDOCS RELEASES NEW STANDARD SHORT CONTRACT EDITIONS ConsensusDocs, a coalition of 40 design and construction industry associations, published two updated short form agreements: the ConsensusDocs 235 Owner & Constructor Short Form Agreement (Cost of Work), and the ConsensusDocs 245 Owner & Design Professional Short Form Agreement. These additional contracts are part of a comprehensive 5-year update cycle to its general contracting series, which were released in December 2016. “Offering concise contracts is one of ConsensusDocs’ advantages,” states Brian Perlberg, ConsensusDocs Executive Director. “Owners are more likely to fare better when they choose standard contracts in which Owners were truly at the drafting table, like these agreements.” Contracts are the foundation of every project, and ConsensusDocs’ mission is to publish contracts that advance project results versus one party’s interests. The revised contracts address industry changes impacting insurance, legal, technology, and terminology. The Coalition will continue to release new and updated contract documents to further its mission of helping the industry build a better way. ConsensusDocs are the only contracts written by leading design and construction industry organizations. ConsensusDocs provides a catalog of 100+ contract documents that incorporate fair risk allocation and best practices to represent the project’s best interests versus any one party. (866) 925-3627 consensusdocs.org ASCC ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS FOR 2018 Chris Forster of Largo Concrete in Tustin, California, has been elected first vice president of the American Society of Concrete Contractors in St. Louis, Missouri for 2018-2019. Bill Bramschreiber of Glendora, California; Anthony DeCarlo of Cincinnati, Ohio and Mario Garza of Southville, MichiChris Forster gan, were re-elected vice-presidents. Keith Wayne of Kannapolis, North Carolina, was re-elected treasurer. Aaron Gregory of Columbus, Mississippi; Cory Lee of Kennesaw, Georgia and Kevin Riley of Baltimore, Maryland, were elected as directors and Bob Dalrymple of Cleveland, Ohio; Peter Emmons of Columbia, Maryland, Chris Klemeske of San Diego, California and Thomas Zinchiak of Woodbine, Maryland were re-elected directors. The Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the ASCC, elected Chris Sullivan of Chem Systems Inc. in Littleton, Colorado, as council director and Karen Keyes of Denver, Colorado, was elected secretary. Michael Campbell of Oxnard, California; Rich Cofoid of Odessa, Florida; Greg Hryniewicz of Pasadena, Maryland; Byron Klemeske II of San Diego,

California; Rick Lobdell of Nashville, Tennessee and Denise Valdepena were re-elected directors. Dave Edwards of Winter Garden, Florida; Will Mattingly of Indianapolis, Indiana and Kevin Percy of Wrentham, Massachusetts, are newly elected directors. For the complete list of officers, including those elected for the ASCC Safety & Risk Management Council, the Manufacturers’ Advisory Council Board and the Concrete Polishing Council, please see the complete news release at http://concretehomesmagazine.com/ascc-2018-officers or learn more at the ASCC’s website. (866) 788-2722 ascconline.org SLAG SHIPMENTS IN U.S. CONTINUES TO GROW The Slag Cement Association announced that slag cement shipments in 2017 exhibited a 14 percent growth over 2016. Last year the SCA reported that 2016 shipments grew 12 percent over 2015 totals as well, showcasing an increasing demand for slag cement within the U.S. market. “As consumers are becoming more aware of the variety of benefits and applications associated with slag cement use in construction, they also start to rely on its consistency,” said Ed Griffith, President, Slag Cement Association. “The reliability of the product seems to go over well with the industry, it’s nice to see the shipping trends reflect this industry awareness.” In the last year, the SCA has placed an increased focus on providing the concrete industry tools to showcase the availability of slag cement in the United States. One of the more recent tools added to the associations website is a slag cement locator. Visitors to the website will be able to select a state and view the contact information for local slag cement distributors. As the interest in slag cement continues to grow, it is important to provide the industry with an up to date method for finding providers within their local area. The Slag Cement Association represents companies that produce and ship slag cement (ground granulated blast furnace slag) though the USA. The Slag Cement Association serves as the leading source of knowledge for slag cement and slag blended cements through promotion, education, and technology development. slagcement.org AMERICAN CONCRETE INSTITUTE RELEASES 2018 ACI COLLECTION OF CONCRETE CODES, SPECIFICATIONS, AND PRACTICES Formerly known as the Manual of Concrete Practice, the ACI Collection is the most comprehensive and largest single source of information on concrete design, construction, and materials, with nearly 50 codes and specifications and more than 200 practices – including all guides and reports. The ACI Collection features ACI 318 “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete,” ACI 301 “SpecificaMay/June 2018 • Concrete Homes

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industrynews tions for Structural Concrete,” and ACI 562 “Code Requirements for Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures and Commentary.” Additional categories in the ACI Collection include concrete materials, properties, design, construction, reinforcement, specialized application, repair, structural analysis, and innovation, plus popular topics such as slabs, formwork, and masonry. The ACI Collection is available as a convenient online subscription, a USB drive, and an eight-volume set of books. Specifically developed for individual users, the online subscription of the ACI Collection includes access to every new ACI document as soon as it is published, plus metric and historical versions of ACI’s codes and specifications. Recent feedback indicated that current and prospective users overwhelmingly indicated the name “ACI Collection of Concrete Codes, Specifications, and Practices” better represented the contents than the previous name “ACI Manual of Concrete Practice.” Individual volumes of the ACI Collection are also available, plus special online access for multiple users, entire offices, and large multi-national companies. (248) 848-3800 concrete.org CONCRETE INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM RELEASES 2016-2017 ANNUAL REPORT The Concrete Industry Management program, a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management, released their 2016 – 2017 Annual Report. Highlights of the 2016 – 2017 CIM Annual Report include: • Committee reports (Education, Marketing, Auction, Finance and Long Range Planning) • Institutional reports from all CIM programs • MBA program update • Profiles of CIM students, graduates and faculty/staff “The CIM Annual Report is a summary of amazing achievements of the CIM programs. It is a reflection of the commitment, dedication and effort of the CIM program leaders, faculty and students,” said Brian Gallagher, chairman of the CIM Marketing Committee. “Each year, I am more impressed with the quality and amount of activity completed by the CIM faculty and students.” The annual report features updates from all CIM universities and NSC committees. concretedegree.com/about/cim-annual-report ASCC FORMS MENTOR ADVISORY BOARD The Emerging Leaders Committee of the American Society of Concrete Contractors has formed a Mentor Advisory Board to provide advice to ASCC members who don’t need a full-time mentor, but could use the experience and wisdom of a seasoned counterpart. Advisory Board members are long time ASCC members with decades of concrete contracting field and management experi16

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ence. They will handle questions regarding contracts and other legal matters, business development, business management, safety operations and finance. “This Board is meant for brief telephone calls between contractor members,” explained Kevin Riley, chair of the ASCC Emerging Leaders Committee. Staff matches callers with Advisory Board members so there is no conflict of interest. Three years ago the Emerging Leaders Committee established a mentor/mentee program for ASCC members which pairs concrete construction professionals with lesser experienced contractors in a long term guided program to share knowledge and experiences. “Mentees can be any ASCC member seeking to augment their general knowledge or someone looking for guidance in a particular discipline,” says Todd Scharich, ASCC director of member services. The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry. Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and engineers. There are approximately 750 member companies in the United States and 13 foreign countries. (866) 788-2722 ascconline.org DURABLE CONCRETE IS IDEAL FOR TAXPAYER INVESTMENT TO FIX THE U.S. ‘INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT’ The Portland Cement Association, representing America’s cement manufacturers, lauded President Donald Trump’s call for $1.5 trillion to be invested in revitalizing the nation’s infrastructure, and urged Congress to take swift legislative action to fully fund and sustain projects now and into the future. Cement is the core ingredient in concrete, which helps make American highways, bridges, runways, water systems and river networks safer, more durable and longer lasting. “America’s cement producers are proud to play a critical role in what the President so aptly described as our nation of builders,” said PCA President and CEO Michael Ireland. “Today, our industry is ready to help America both rebuild long-neglected infrastructure, and construct new-and-improved transportation networks capable of serving the nation long into the future.” Ireland added the cement industry’s strong support for swift legislative action to fund such infrastructure investments, including the need to address significant federal funding gaps. “Taxpayers deserve to see the best return on their investment. That’s why we are seeking long-term, sustainable infrastructure funding that addresses the federal Highway Trust Fund’s shortfalls and maximizes the value of taxpayer investments.” cement.org


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Caterpillar to Enter Utility Vehicle Market Caterpillar announced plans to enter the utility vehicle market. The company has entered into a manufacturing and supply agreement with Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., and will offer UTV models sold through participating Cat dealerships starting in 2018. “We are excited about our introduction of the first-ever Cat UTV models. We look forward to offering a vehicle specifically designed to serve the needs of our existing as well as new customers,” says Steve Schoening, product manager. “Cat utility vehicles will offer exceptional performance and stability at full load, superior reliability, and a quiet, spacious operator environment.” The new Cat UTV models were developed in collaboration with Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a division of Textron Inc. Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. (TSV) manufactures utility vehicles and equipment to serve numerous industries, marketed under a number of brands. TSV product lines include Cushman utility vehicles, Textron Off Road side-by-sides and ATVs, Arctic Cat snowmobiles, Jacobsen professional turf equipment, and E-Z-GO golf carts. Featuring a rugged steel cargo bed, the new UTVs from Caterpillar reliably handle up to 1,000 lb (450 kg) of material and tools, and they offer 2,000-lb (900-kg) towing capacity. The UTVs also provide ample headroom and legroom for tall riders. “Cat UTVs offer easy-to-access service points for maintenance, and customers can rely on the unmatched service and support offered by participating Cat dealers to keep their UTVs working at peak performance,” adds Schoening. cat.com

Stihl’s TS 440 Cutquick

Stihl Launches TS 440 Cutquik Cut-Off Machine Versatile enough for general construction applications, and a powerful choice for limited access cuts, the TS 440 Stihl Cutquik cut-off machine (66.7 cc) represents the latest in professional cutting solutions from Stihl. The TS 440 introduction gives professionals a product suited for challenging cuts such as bottom portions of walls, cutting in corners, and cutting the underside of in-ground pipes made of concrete, ductile iron, vitrified clay and steel, and similar situations where traditional cut-off machine guard positions limit cutting access. The expanded guard adjustability is made possible by the world-first sensor-activated Stihl QuickstopT wheel brake technology capable of stopping the rotation of the cutting wheel in fractions of a second if kickback occurs. The Stihl QuickstopT wheel brake is designed to allow for extended guard adjustability by reducing the risk of injury from May/June 2018 • Concrete Homes

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productnewsroundup kickback when the guard on the TS 440 has been adjusted to expose the top portion of the wheel. The TS 440 two-belt drive delivers high torque to the wheel, reducing the chance of bogging when applying higher feed force. The top handle design makes for a well-balanced and compact product, increasing maneuverability for superior handling during the toughest jobs. The MSRP is $1,279.95 The TS 440 shares many features of the legendary family of Stihl Cutquik cut-off machines, including: • Electronic water control allows for easy and efficient water flow adjustment while cutting. The water control feature remembers the last setting used and water flow automatically stops at idle speed and starts again when the throttle is engaged. • The X2 air filtration system is virtually maintenance-free and maintains an incredible 99.96 percent cleaning efficiency. • The ElastoStart starter handle is a starting grip with a builtin shock absorber that helps reduce the effort when pulling on the starter cord. • Stihl anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience. stihlusa.com

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OSHA dust compliance from Milwaukee Tools.

Milwaukee Announces the Dust Trap – OSHA Compliance without a Vacuum Dedicated to introducing productivity-focused dust collection solutions for compliance with the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation on respirable crystalline silica dust, Milwaukee Tool is excited to announce the industry’s first OSHA compliance solution that doesn’t require the use of a vacuum—the Milwaukee SDS Plus Dust Trap Drilling Shroud. Ideal for overhead drilling applications, and with a universal fit to work with all SDS Plus rotary hammers, the Dust Trap is an OSHA objective data compliance solution that doesn’t require the use of a vacuum. The accessory is also OSHA Table 1** compliant when used in conjunction with a proper dust extractor. The Dust Trap is built with a clear sleeve which provides visibility when lining up the hole and during the drilling application. Once attached to the front of the rotary hammer, it keeps dust contained throughout the duration of the drilling process. Afterwards the sleeve can be emptied, and the entire unit easily collapses and locks for storage. The compact, collapsible design is ideal for hard-to-reach places, providing superior productivity to the user. The universal fit of the Dust Trap allows it to work with all SDS Plus rotary hammer brands and styles and all SDS Plus drill bits up to 8 inches in length, including stop bits and other anchor installation tools. Milwaukee is committed to improving productivity by providing performance-driven and trade-focused solutions so users can perform an entire day’s work. As employers work to be compliant with the new OSHA regulation, Milwaukee Tool is dedicated to continuing to expand its Dust Extraction System. * Enforcement of the new OSHA regulation on respirable crystalline silica dust (29 CFR 1926.1153) for construction trades began on September 23, 2017. This regulation reduces the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) to 50 µg/m3 over an 8-hour period and affects jobsites nationwide. ** In order to be compliant with the new regulation* companies prove they are under the PEL by following Table 1 standards, demonstrating objective data, or conducting their own self-monitoring programs, as laid out by OSHA. milwaukeetool.com


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HANLEY WOOD ANNOUNCES 2018 MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS WINNERS OF THE 2018 MIP AWARDS Hanley Wood, the premier company serving the information and marketing needs of the construction industry, announced the winners of the 2018 Most Innovative Products as selected by World of Concrete attendees. Presented annually in conjunction with World of Concrete, the MIP Awards program showcases many products exhibited at the show. The MIP Awards program allows World of Concrete attendees and audiences of the Concrete Construction and The Concrete Producer magazines an opportunity to vote for the products they judge as innovative. Winners are also selected by a panel of industry experts, many of whom serve on the World of Concrete Educational Advisory Board, as well as by the editors of Concrete Construction and The Concrete Producer. Winning products are chosen based on the innovation they bring to the industry. This year’s products were grouped into 10 categories. For additional information and photos of the winners and other entries, visit votemip.com.

for Concrete Construction. CoolCure is a new innovation that enables concrete to cure without heat and thermal cracks while generating much more strength. It is offered in a two-part liquid admixture, the product simply balances the concrete chemistry with nanotechnology providing a modern solution to an age-old problem. siliconesolutions.com/coolcure.html

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Post tension corrosion due to water intrusion has become an increasingly widespread problem among parking structures, highrise buildings and slab on grade applications. The problem stems from the fact that the process for sealing these pocket ends does not translate well from paper to practice. It is nearly impossible to roughen the glass like interior of the pocket with a wire brush. Furthermore, retempering the grout mix leads to skewed W/C ratios and an inconsistent mix. Finally, bonding agents are used only when readily available and are often used incorrectly. To counter these problems, the Post Tension Plug system was invented. This 2-part system insures that a watertight seal is achieved at every pocket. The custom-sized reaming tool roughens and decontaminates 1/16-inch off the inside of the pocket (without touching the grease cap). After the dust is removed, the precast plug, which is made of a high-strength non-shrink grout, May/June 2018 • Concrete Homes

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low-rise construction is designed to fit securely into the pocket after a coating of epoxy has been applied. The Post Tension Plug is 1.25 inches thick with a .25-inch recess. This ensures that the 1 inch of coverage stated by ACI and PTI is met every time. posttensionplugs.com

Materials for Concrete Construction Industry Choice: PrimXComposite The world’s first patented system for fast and efficient construction of multi-story buildings combines advantages of precast panels and cast-in-place structural steel fiber concrete. In Central Europe, the Filigren system is a well-known, efficient solution for construction using prefabricated structures. It takes the best aspects of both precast and cast in-situ methods to make construction easier and faster. Light, 2-inch thick precast panels — called Filigran — are used as a base for further in-situ slab installation with both sections working in combination. Pr mXComposite, a High-Performance Steel-Fiber Reinforced Concrete (HPSFRC) technology, has been installed in hundreds of millions of square feet of floors and structures worldwide and provides strong-in-tension and stiff steel fiber reinforced concrete with minimal steel bar reinforcement. Combining both Pr mXComposite and Filigran takes the system to the next level. The increased speed of installation, reduced rebar requirements, and benefit of the anti-shrinkage system make this combination a perfect solution for multistory building construction. In the traditional system, the in-situ slab must be reinforced with steel mesh and steel-bar tied panels. Mesh and steel bar installation is labour-intensive and dangerous for workers. (rebar unloading, use of rebar cutters, back strain, and possible stumbling on reinforcement mesh and girders). This method is slow and costly, affecting the entire construction process. In contrast, the Pr mXComposite-Filigran system uses Pr mXComposite concrete for the upper in-situ cast layer of the concrete. Due to steel fiber reinforcement, the need for steel mesh and steel bar installation is virtually eliminated. The steel fiber reinforcement is distributed evenly throughout, creating an extremely strong and stiff product. Due to anti-shrinkage system of Pr mXComposite technology (expanding concrete), there is an opposite pre-camber deflection. Therefore, there is much less potential for cracking and deflection due to loading and the self-weight is significantly decreased. Installing the Pr mXComposite-Filigran system results in 1310 lbs/1000 ft2 of steel bar reinforcement economy for a typical residential slab. The material properties of Pr mXComposite (up to 50 percent stronger) allow the concrete slab thickness to be minimized and/or larger spans can be used. A typical slab can be reduced in thickness anywhere between 1 and 2 inches, providing impressive savings when used in multi-story buildings. primekss.com 20

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New BIBKO Residual Concrete Recycling System for the Amos Company The Amos Company, headquartered in Heilbronn, Germany, can look back on 80 years of tradition. With a workforce of 160 employees, Amos’s fields of activity include building construction, underground and road construction, project development and turnkey construction. Furthermore, the company has its own ready-mix concrete plant and supplies concrete in all grades. The vehicle fleet consists of three truck mixers and two concrete pumps. In order to solve the problem of disposal of the residual concrete and the accumulating washing water, the decision was taken with the ecological conviction of a modern company to invest in a residual concrete recycling plant. The delivery was preceded by a corresponding project planning phase in which the local conditions were considered. The ComTec trough system was chosen in order to be able to process the accumulating residues quickly. The machine was placed underground on account of an existing height offset. The advantage of this is that the charging hopper is at floor level. This allows concrete pumps to be washed out in addition to the truck mixers on the same hopper without an additional system being required for washing out the concrete pumps. A 6 1/2-foot-long screw conveyor discharges the washed-out material. The Bibko ComTec system features a hot-dip galvanized machine which is winterproof and fitted with a hinged aluminium cover. The system is fitted with a complete recycling water treatment plant.


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HOWLAND GREEN: FIRST NET POSITIVE ENERGY OFFICE BUILDING IN CANADA Howland Green Business Centre, Markham (Artist Concept)

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owland Green Homes Ltd. is about to embark on something that has not been done in Canada before. It’s bringing to market a building so revolutionary that it will produce more energy than it will consume. The Howland Green Business Centre will be located on Cachet Woods Court near the 407ETR and 16th Avenue in Canada’s technological hub, the City of Markham. . According to Dave de Sylva, professional engineer, president of GreenLife Del Ridge and founder of Howland Green Homes, “This new building is the first Net Positive office building of its kind in Canada and nothing short of a landmark achievement and giant ecological leap forward for the environment and the building industry”. Up until now the building industry has been striving to meet LEED or Net Zero building standards. Howland Green is a builder and developer of residential and commercial properties with a commitment to building beyond the Net Zero standard into Net Positive territory, generating more energy than needed for a building’s annual operation. The Howland Green Business Centre will meet that in spades. Powered by sun and geothermal energy, the building will offer 59,000 square feet of office space, stand three stories tall with two levels of underground parking and serve as the perfect combination of ecology, economy and construction innovation. From producing energy from a variety of sources to conservation and management, Howland Green is setting the standard for ecologically friendly construction in Canada and beyond. Here are some of the innovative features of the Howland Green Business Centre: • Enhanced insulated concrete formwork - The entire outside area exposed to thermal transmission is constructed not just of ICF, but new ICF designed specifically for Howland Green. This results in a combined thermal resistance value of at least R40, far in excess of any other standard. •  R80 roof insulation, approximately four times greater than the building code, resulting in essentially blockage of

energy transfer, depending on the season. • The best windows available, designed with new technology in fiberglass construction and Low E argon gas with resistance values as high as R9, exceeding typical Triple glazed windows and all others. • High efficient LED lighting with motion sensors where applicable. • The latest geothermal technology to heat and cool the building with automatic load sharing and individual office controls at a fraction of the cost of other buildings. • One of the largest rooftop photovoltaic arrays to capture approximately 420,000 watts of solar energy and generate about 515,000 kWh of clean, green energy, leaving no footprint and helping to offset the carbon footprint of others as the operational demand for the entire building will be approximately 430,000 kWh. • One of the first electric potential lithium-ion and pneumatic energy storage systems to store generated energy and use it when it is needed as opposed to when it is available. • Innovative water recycling system, designed to harvest all rainwater and recycle it on site. •  Enjoyment of the lowest condominiums fees garnered from the energy savings. Howland Green is a builder and developer of residential and commercial properties with a commitment to building with greater sustainability than any other builder in Canada. Howland Green means building beyond the Net Zero standard into Net Positive territory. It means even more insulation, greater technology in conservation, advanced energy sharing practices resulting in even lower operating energies and lower operating costs. Howland Green is committed to producing more clean energy from Solar and Wind than ever before thus setting the standards for others to follow. howlandgreen.com howlandgreen.com/howland-green-business-centre May/June 2018 • Concrete Homes

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LO-RISE HOSPITAL IN PALO ALTO ALSO RAISES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS The pump’s Z-Boom design allowed the operator to unfold the boom inside the building and get closer to the pour.

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HE $1 BILLION EXPANSION OF LUCILE PACKARD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL STANFORD IN PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, ADDED MORE THAN 500,000 SQUARE FEET TO THE EXISTING HOSPITAL FACILITY AND INCLUDES ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES, MORE PRIVATE PATIENT HOSPITAL ROOMS, AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE DESIGN AND EXPANDED CLINICS. Jos. J. Albanese Inc. was chosen to complete the structural concrete for the new facility. The company is using two Putzmeister America Inc. pumps for the project, including its new 56Z-Meter Truck Mounted Concrete Boom Pump, which features a boom that was painted pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. The project’s general contractor, DPR Construction, selected Albanese for the concrete work, which includes footings, slabs, walls and decks for two levels below ground and six levels above ground. Albanese has been using two of its pumps for the project, a new 38Z-5-meter truck-mounted boom pump and its 56Z-Meter with pink boom, which was painted by Putzmeister to help the company raise awareness for breast cancer. Together, the pumps placed more than 7,700 cubic yards of concrete at the hospital site. “We have a number of employees who have had breast cancer or is close to someone who has had the disease, so it’s a cause that means a lot to many of us,” Mike Dugan, Albanese’s director of concrete pumping, said. The company first painted one of its backhoes pink, which was 22

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around the same time its newly ordered 56Z-Meter was scheduled to be painted. The team decided to ask the manufacturer to paint the boom section pink, which Putzmeister agreed to do at no extra charge. “It’s especially fitting that the first project the pink boom has been working on is a hospital expansion,” Dugan said. “We’ve received a lot of positive feedback on it and it feels great to help support such an important cause.” Due to the fact the LPCH project is an expansion of the existing hospital that is still up and running while under construction, the crew faced multiple logistical challenges. The workers were not allowed to block off any streets and had to stage trucks a block away from the site. “Placing concrete in a high-traffic area is always difficult,” he said. “Adding in the regulations surrounding a working hospital makes our job even more challenging.” In addition to the space around the site being limited, real estate on the construction site itself also was in short supply. “Early on in the project we had lots of space to use as pumping platforms. But, as the project has gone up, we have lost most of


low-rise construction that space and have been confined to pump from a couple of small areas. The smaller footprint of the 56Z-Meter fits in these locations, while still allowing us good reach to get the concrete where it needs to go.” The 56Z-Meter’s compact design offers a reduced footprint of 18-foot 8-inch front and 27-foot 3-inch rear spreads, yet it still has a vertical reach of 180 feet 10 inches and a horizontal reach of 163 feet 10 inches. Albanese’s crew found the Z-Fold design of the 56Z especially helpful for this project. “The Z-Fold has allowed us to reach inside the building, as needed,” Dugan said. “For example, we had a pour that required the system to run through the building envelope. With a typical boom, we would have had to place the tip at the exterior of the building and run a hose all the way through. With the Z-Fold, our operator was able to unfold the boom inside the building and get much closer to the pour. This cuts down on time and allows the pour to go more smoothly.” The design of this particular project required a range of 11 different mixes with both normal and lightweight concrete of varying strengths — from a self-consolidating mix to 4,000-8,000 psi mixes. “The 56Z-meter has easily handled the variety of mixes. That’s a testament not only to quality equipment, but also to our opera-

tor. He knows how to handle the pump, as well as the concrete.” The pour schedule has been aggressive and varied. The crew has poured at all hours of the day and at night. They have had pours every day of the week and even multiple pours in one day. The pumps have been consistent and have kept them on schedule. Upon its 2017 debut, the LPCH expansion will add 150 patient rooms, office space and 3.5 acres of healing gardens and green space. The facility’s adaptable design will accommodate cuttingedge protocols and equipment as they develop, offer patient rooms with windows overlooking the gardens, and feature public spaces with large windows and access to decks and patios. Owner/Developer: Stanford Children’s Health – Palo Alto, California General Contractor: DPR Construction – Redwood City, California Equipment Owner: Joseph J. Albanese Inc. – Santa Clara, California Ready Mix Concrete Provider: Central Concrete – San Jose, California Equipment: One Putzmeister 56Z-Meter Truck-Mounted Boom Pump; one Putzmeister 38Z-5-Meter Truck-Mounted Boom Pump.

The 56-meter Z-boom allows the work to continue around and over power lines.

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MANAGING RISK NEW RESEARCH SHOWS HOW COLLABORATION CAN REDUCE CONSTRUCTION RISK

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HREE QUARTERS OF BUILDING OWNERS AND CONTRACTORS HAVE EXPERIENCED A DISPUTE OR CLAIM IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, AND NINE IN 10 SAY INCREASED COLLABORATION CAN BE USED TO MITIGATE FUTURE RISK, ACCORDING TO MANAGING RISK IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, A NEW SMARTMARKET REPORT FROM DODGE DATA & ANALYTICS. PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALLIANT, AND WITH SUPPORT FROM E-BUILDER AND PROCORE, THE REPORT IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD. The report provides a unique link between specific risk reduction practices — like conducting regular meetings with the full project team, formal brainstorming and developing a plan to manage risk — and tangible project benefits, such as reduced construction cost, improved project schedule and improved safety. A key finding of the report is that collaboration is widely recognized as beneficial in an industry still plagued by silos and competition within teams. “This study contributes to the growing body of knowledge about the positive impacts of project collaboration,” says Steve Jones, senior director of industry insights research at Dodge Data & Analytics, “and early collaboration by team members can lead directly to less project risk and crisis — a significant incentive to start working together better, more often.” Among the three types of industry players surveyed—building owners, general contractors and trade contractors — it is general contractors that have experienced the highest level of claims or disputes in the last five years. For GCs, subcontractor defaults, terminations and failures are the most frequent and costly issues they face. The report shows that 33 percent of GCs consider labor procurement and subcontract management to be high risk areas, and that 81 percent of all respondents find that labor scarcity 24

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will increase project risk. Building owners, by contrast, are most impacted by claims arising from construction defects, and trade contractors are plagued by the frequency of warranty issues. To help deal with these risks, industry can employ a series of risk evaluation and mitigation strategies. Formal brainstorming is by far the top evaluation strategy, but different players see different advantages, the report shows. The most effective risk evaluation strategies, according to the study, are regular meetings with the full project team focused on risk and the development of a plan to manage risk. The Managing Risk in the Construction Industry SmartMarket Report also includes perspectives on risk from surety experts, offers tips on achieving cyber resilience, managing subcontractor default risk and dealing with active shooter risks on a jobsite, as well offering insights on risk and the evolution of the construction industry since the Great Recession. Dodge Data & Analytics is a technology-driven construction project data, analytics and insights provider. Dodge provides trusted market intelligence that helps construction professionals grow their business, and is redefining and recreating the business tools and processes on which the industry relies. To learn more, visit www.construction.com.


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