The floor system can rest on top of the ICF wall, using a sill plate and anchors. In many situations the floor system is attached to the inside of the ICF wall. There are four methods we recommend for attachment.
Cut (say) 4" diameter holes in the ICF wall which are centered around each anchor bolt. The micro lam is screwed in position at the exact height and anchor bolts installed in position so that they are embedded into the concrete. The advantage of this method is that it is less expensive than ICFVL.
The photo below details using anchor bolts with a micro lam ledger board. Notice the use of a poly membrane between the concrete and the ledger board to prevent water damage.
The ICFVL is a 14-gauge galvanized steel connector that it inserted through the ICF foam so that the two legs become embedded in the concrete. The legs are sufficiently strong to withstand the cantilevering loads through the foam thickness. The advantage of the ICFVL bracket is that minor adjustments can be made to the height of the ledger board after the fact: it is more forgiving.
Overall labour costs are higher because the ledger board then needs to be attached using the ICFVL-W (wood ledger) or ICFVL-CW (composite wood) and 8 special screws. In addition the ICFVL system is considerably more expensive than conventional anchor bolts. Vancouver ICF stocks the ICFVL brackets.
Vancouver ICF supplies ICFVL and they are always in stock.
When substantial loads are exerted on the ledger plate, the engineer may require that the ledger be supported by concrete. This detail allows for the ledger to be directly supported on the concrete without compromising the insulation performance of the top of the foundation (click on image to open up pdf file).