As panels are factory manufactured out of the rain, true accuracy is achieved. The Fastfoot® footing membrane adapts to uneven ground using drill adjustable side supports.
Pouring the wall and footing at the same time saves significant time.
When forming and pouring the footing first, one requires:
With the MP system the footings are a 'bi-product' of the panels, so you start on day 7 from the get-go.
With the ICF monopour, the footing is formed automatically from the aligned insulated concrete form wall panel.
This means the costs of forming, pouring and stripping the footing are eliminated.
Haron Douglas, Vancouver based cost consultant estimates savings of +/- 35% over plywood formed walls with an insulated 2x6 stud wall.
The biggest weakness in any foundation is the joint between the wall and the footing. This cold joint allows moisture to enter inside the foundation. It also is structurally weak.
When the foundation is poured monolithically there is no cold joint, no danger of moisture ingress, and a must stronger foundation wall and footing.
With the ICF Monopour a 3D model of the foundation is produced which allows the builder, architect and engineer to 'see' any inconsistencies in the foundation structure.
It always much less expensive to correct inconsistencies 'on paper' rather than work them out on the job site.
As MP panels are factory manufactured, your contract price stays the same.
We've removed uncertainty from the riskiest part of your project, your foundation.
The perimeter of all door and window openings are faced with insulated bucks.
The bucks provide R24 insulation as well as continuous attachment points along the outside edges and 8" on centre along the face.
Helix® micro rebars replaces all background steel reinforcing. For more information on Helix®, click here.
The drywall is attached directly to the ICF plastic webs. Therefore the mold which occurs between the stud framing and concrete is eliminated.
Labour and material costs for the stud wall and insulation are eliminated.
The Fastfoot® footing membrane prevents ground moisture wicking into the concrete footing.
Click on image for a video and information on rising damp.
Nudura® ICF provides an effective R-24 thermal value. There is no thermal bridging with the continuous EPS insulation.
2x4 wood studs and batt insulation provide an effective R-value of R-13 because of thermal bridging through the studs. A 2x6 wall provides an effective thermal value of R-15.
Factory manufacturing eliminates all site waste.