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Issue 19

December 2008  

  Free Passes to World of Concrete

You can receive free World of Concrete Exhibit Hall passes by registering on the PCA Website. Come see what's new for 2009 and drop by Quad-Lock's booths to say hello.

Our Indoor Booth is located in the North Hall - N1271 and we'll be doing ICF demonstrations in the outdoor area - O31213.

Get your free pass to the Exhibit Hall.

Quad-Lock will be presenting two training sessions during World of Concrete - please register for them.


Sustainable Building Shell Construction

Quad-Lock will be hosting two, 6-hour training seminars during World of Concrete in Las Vegas, February 5th and 6th, 2009. The seminars will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

These seminars will feature construction techniques for:

Insulated, poured-in-place walls
Green roof structures
Multi-story ICF construction
Insulated tilt-up panels
Suspended ICF floors

In addition, Quad-Lock's new R-ETRO insulation system will be introduced and time will be spent building a strategy for your green construction or design business.

Please register for one of these training sessions.


 Cement Production - A Shrinking Footprint?

Berkeley civil engineering student Cagla Meral wants to shrink the enormous carbon footprint created by cement.

Up to 5% of the globe's climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions result from manufacturing the durable and immensely popular construction material known as Portland cement, says Meral, a 27-year-old doctoral student in the civil and environmental engineering department. Convinced that cement is far too useful and ubiquitous to ever be replaced, Meral is working to develop a greener form of it. Her research explores how CO2 can be "sequestered" or locked back into blended cement while maintaining strength and other important properties of cement-based materials like concrete.

Preliminary tests have shown that supercritical CO2 infiltrates cement particles and chemically locks carbon dioxide back into the material.

Read "A Concrete Response to Climate Change".


 New Project Summary

The Manhattan Beach Condominium Project, located in Rockaway Beach, OR, is a 24-unit project with a number of unique features. Find out how Quad-Deck helped the Project Team solve their problem of odd-dimensioned floor plans.

You may also view an extended photo gallery of this project.


Green Building Could Triple in 5 Years

McGraw-Hill Construction recently released Green Outlook 2009 which estimates that the value of green building construction could increase up to 300%, to as much as $140 Billion by 2013.

Green building construction has risen by a factor of five between 2005 and 2008, increasing from $10 Billion to an estimated range between $36 Billion - $49 Billion.

Review the Green Outlook 2009 report.


Study Finds Benefits of Building Green Outweigh Costs

A landmark international study on the costs and benefits of green buildings finds that energy and water savings alone outweigh the initial cost premium in most green buildings and that green buildings cost, on average, less than 2% more to build than conventional non-green buildings. This stands in contrast to public perception, such as a 2007 survey by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which found that business leaders believe green buildings to be on average 17% more expensive than conventionally designed buildings.

The study, Greening Buildings and Communities: Cost and Benefits, also finds that an average size green office creates at least one-third of a permanent job per year, equal to $1/sqft of value in increased employment, compared to a comparable non-green building and that the continued rapid growth in green building is creating tens of thousands of new jobs. Additionally, the study found that productivity and health benefits are a major motivating factor for building green.

This report was supported by Good Energies, a leading global investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Select findings from the study can be found on the Good Energies website. The complete findings of the study will be published as a book in the summer of 2009.


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Quad-Lock Embraces Webinar Technology

We are excited to announce that beginning in January 2009, Quad-Lock Building Systems will be launching live, online public webinars. The first webinars are scheduled for January 8th and January 22nd at 6:00pm EST. "Introduction to Insulating Concrete Forms and Quad-Lock" hosted by DJ Ketelhut, Director of Sales, Eastern North America, these will help potential customers understand the benefits of building with insulating concrete forms and specific advantages of Quad-Lock ICF over other building methods.

"Introduction to Insulating Concrete Forms and Quad-Lock" will help you gain:

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

To use this technology on a regularly scheduled basis allows us to give interested customers the opportunity to engage Quad-Lock in a personal, but non-threatening venue. The webinars are designed to be informative and educational. Today, everybody is watching their costs and as a business, this is a great way to cost-effectively reach out and make initial contact with people interested in ICF construction.

If you are unfamiliar with webinar technology, don't be afraid! It is very easy to use, there is no special software or cumbersome downloads to endure. If you have a computer with an internet connection along with either computer speakers or a regular telephone, you can join very easily. All of our webinars will feature a Quad-Lock host who will go through an interactive presentation that you will view on your own computer and your audio will be broadcast either through your computer speakers or your telephone.

The long-term plan is to host "Introduction to Insulating Concrete Forms and Quad-Lock" every two weeks with other topics and presenters being added throughout the year. Please check our website for webinar dates and times and to sign up for one of these exciting events.

Greenbuild 2008 A Huge Success

It just keeps getting bigger...

Greenbuild started in 2002 in Austin, Texas with around 4,000 attendees. Within 6 years, the growth in the numbers is staggering:

  • 28,224 registered attendees
  • From all 50 states
  • From 85 countries
  • From 6 continents
  • 25% increase over Greenbuild 2007
  • 807 exhibitors; 145,000 sqft of exhibit space

Job-site Recycling

Can Quad-Lock foam and tie scrap be recycled? This is a question that is asked of us more and more and we are glad to hear it!

North America is recycling about 12% EPS waste. Not very good when you consider that the UK recycles 40% and Europe 70% of their EPS waste.

Scrap foam, tie material, tie boxes and panel bags can be recycled in a number of different ways, here are some suggestions on how you can lighten your landfill load...

The best use for EPS is insulation! So why not keep using scrap foam on the site as insulation? How about under a slab-on-grade or a heated slab? Why not use leftover EPS to insulate and protect water supply lines as they approach the building or go under driveways? All Quad-Lock panels are dense enough for these purposes. At this point, you probably have no EPS to take off the site at all.

If EPS must be taken off the site, it can go to any community recycling program that accepts recycling category #6 (tie scrap is HDPE #2 and panel bags are LDPE #4). Of course, every community recycle program accepts cardboard (tie boxes).

Since 1991, the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers (AFPR) has been working to facilitate EPS recycling (of which we are a member and sit on the Board of Directors). Most of the 200+ member firms in 40 US states and Canadian provinces will accept post-consumer packaging and insulation products for recycling. A link to the list of AFPR members can be found there. Find an AFPR facility near you and call them first to see how their recycling program works. If there isn't a convenient AFPR member near you, call any local EPS manufacturer and they very likely have recycling capacity.

Like food packaging, EPS must be clean to be recycled. Recyclers won't accept a cardboard pizza box with cheese all over it, or likewise, EPS with mud and concrete all over it. Collect unusable off-cuts in a panel bag before they get trampled into the mud, then both the EPS and the bag can be recycled.

Call the Training and Technical Services department with questions or other helpful ways you've found to recycle. For other links about recycling, see our website.

Douglas Bennion
Manager, Training & Technical Services

Occupational Safety

As ICF becomes a more prevalent building system, North American dealers and installers of Quad-Lock ICF need to extend their knowledge of building techniques to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In order to prepare for the upcoming inspection and enforcement by OSHA, this and future articles will discuss various compliance issues facing the ICF industry.

Safety Around the Jobsite...

Concrete placement brings a new set of safety issues for the ICF crew as they strive to deliver a finished project. The crew must be fully trained in safety procedures before the concrete placement starts. Once the concrete begins to flow and the crew hurries to complete the project and solve any problems associated with the placement, thoughts of "safety" usually slip away. Here are some items to review and double-check BEFORE the concrete is even ordered:

1) Verify the attachment of the wall bracing system's use of the correct size and type of screw. Every scaffold system has a fastener specified as part of its safety approval. As the equipment owner, you are responsible for proper and safe use of the system. Be sure to verify the steel spikes attaching the turnbuckle units are well placed and tight before your crew climbs aboard with a concrete pump running nearby. You never know if or when something has occurred to loosen the spike which would allow the system to move.

2) Taking a cue from a previous article on electrical equipment, has the ground fault interrupter been placed on the electrical cord that will power the vibrator?

3) Also from a previous article, has the safety railing around the scaffold been checked and reviewed for sturdy attachment, including floor planks that do not move or flop up and down?

Crew members must have the appropriate safety equipment for concrete placement:

1) With concrete boom overhead and crew members on the ground, hard hats are necessary. It is common for concrete to splatter onto ground support personnel which can deliver a staggering impact. Concrete weighs about 145lbs per cubic foot and can result in an injury when it drops onto one's head or body!

2) Protective eyewear is necessary for all crew members to protect from splatters of cement, contaminated water from hoses or tools being used at the site. For crew members having contact with the pump hose or concrete vibrator, it is especially important to provide wrap-around eyewear. The OSHA-required first aid kit for each crew must have a minimum of one eye wash-out kit per 5 employees or access to clean flowing water for eye wash purposes.

3) The crew member at the end of the concrete pump line filling the walls should wear a long-sleeved shirt, protective gloves and other coverings as necessary to eliminate extended skin contact with cement products. Lime used in cement manufacturing can cause extensive skin damage, buring the exposed surface and resulting in extensive days off or workmen's compensation claims.

4) Safety rails and harness equipment are required for the crew member directing the concrete pump line. The jerky movement, resetting the pump line around the building or not paying attention to the walk surface during concrete placement can easily lead to slip-and-fall injuries. It would indeed be unfortunate (and expensive) if the pump line movement pushed the crew member off the scaffolding resulting in an injury.

So, as Red Green would say, "If the inspector doesn't find you handsome, he'll at least find you... SAFE!" Don't get hurt out there!!

Future ideas on tool safety, ladders and scaffold placement, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and concrete placement will follow in upcoming months. If you have any topics that you would like to see covered, please contact us.

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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