Rapidly rising out of the ground, the Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) are starting to define the shape of the home. This process happens quickly because the ICF Styrofoam forms literally snap into place just like Lego® blocks.Don’t be misled, there is much work to be done before the concrete is poured into the form. Each of the openings like windows, doors, etc. must be carefully framed and supported. The forms are an integrated sandwich of two-inch insulated hard foam separated by an eight inch gap. The ICFs are available in many different widths, but for 60 Bragg Hill, the structural engineers determined that eight inches was required. Plastic guides are integrated into the ICF to hold the rebar. When the concrete is eventually poured into the form, our walls will be twelve inches thick! This will provide 60 Bragg Hill with a long-lasting, strong, super-tight thermal envelope. The entire house will be made from ICF forms, glass, reclaimed wooden doors and a metal roof.
Mike Thompson and his team use simple hand saws to custom cut the ICF forms to complete the lower level footprint as designed by Matthew Moger. These forms are placed on top of the just poured concrete footers. Notice that vertical rebar has already been impregnated in the footers to provide the required structural strength required.