CEH ConCoreSystem Starts At Foundation  We Build Better...Starting With The Foundation...We Form a Monolithic Structure With NO COLD JOINTS! Using shallow frost footing technology we minimize excavation. We can also add soil to raise the foundation and floor level if additional height or flooding is an issue! 2” thick rigid EPS foam is placed 4’ out around the exterior perimeter to ward off any advancement of frost, per code. A minimum of 12” of soil is backfilled atop the foam with proper grading away  from the foundation for drainage. ICF construction began with building foundations and quickly spread to building basements, and more recently, above grade construction. We can build homes with basements but we urge you to consider the many benefits and savings of one level living! Once the grade is determined and level to within 1/2” the OnePour forms are assembled and placed close to their final positioning Inside corners are formed, leveled, and staked first while the outside corner is attached after the rebar is set in place and tied down, but before stacking ICF’s, naturally! Straight pieces are then added from corners, working towards the center of each wall, leveling and staking each section as you go and before adding another. It takes a couple of houses to become proficient! CAUTION remember to spray release before installing rebar because you don’t want to get “release” on the rebar! Once footing forms are secured, RE CHECK for Square and Level, then you’re ready to begin stacking the ICF foam blocks. With experience a crew can begin stacking before footings are completely assembled! Stacking ICF blocks is fast, easy, and rewarding, as progress is fast. This is a job that can even be done by or with the assistance of the homeowner(s)! Preassembled steel window and door frames are set in place at appropriate heights. With proper planning minimal ICF block waste and cutting is required. Independent, standard scaffold will need to be set up to complete the final stacking of ICF block, placing the remaining horizontal rebar, the vertical rebar, and finally, to carry the weight of the person pumping the concrete into walls. The proper mix of concrete and slump is important and only external vibrating is required if the concrete is placed properly. Prior to pouring/placing the concrete, walls must be braced and secured using our proprietary vertical bracing which is then backbraced into the soil. Re check plumb walls and recalculate the volume of concrete needed BEFORE ordering the concrete to minimize anxious moments and consult your checklist to be sure you have everything on hand and ready. This is the OLD way everyone else does it, which results in a “cold joint” that is simply dismissed as unimportant by the contractor! They also need more scaffold bracing which gets secured into your finished concrete floor. The process and finished product is NOT as strong and professional as OURS! Traditional footings require a crew to lumber form the footings, lay rebar in unreliable positions,  wait for separate costly concrete delivery, and  unreliable placement of  rebar stems, only to produce walls with  potential cold joint problems! We install the footing forms and securely tie down the rebar, in their correct positions, prior to starting the ICF stacking process, and without the hassles and concern of vertical rebar. We use preassembled, STEEL window and door frames, instead of wood or plastic, to resist moisture, mold, mildew, insects, floods and fires and provide the strongest attachment for windows and doors The competition uses wood window and door bucks that will NOT withstand mold, insects, fires and floods. Imagine the extra cost to replace this framing should they fail for any number of reasons? Impressive and Professional Footings Will Be Admired By Everyone! The beveled water repelling footings look professional and YOU will be proud of the job, especially after receiving praise by inspectors and onlookers, which there are sure to be many! Your reputation will spread quickly! Our vertical bracing is notched at the bottom and simply rests on the footing forms and is loosely screwed into the plastic ICF ties, to permit inevitable settling of the foam blocks, then braced back and staked into ground as shown a few photos earlier. In as little as 6 hours after the pour the footing forms can be stripped, cleaned, and easily stored, awaiting their next use. Take care of your equipment, it’s expensive, but it'll last for hundreds of uses and they’ll pay for themselves quickly, certainly within the first 20 jobs! After removing the footing forms, no earlier than 6 hours after pouring the walls, a water proof membrane is applied over the footing to protect it from any possible moisture problems Once the shell is complete, we are ready to work on the roof, windows, doors, plumbing, and floors under the best weather protection and in the shortest time possible, which the other trades will certainly appreciate! 4”-5” rigid EPS insulating foam ceiling panels are framed in steel C channel and shored from underneath and await the rebar and concrete phases. Vertical rebar extending 3-4 feet up from the walls 2’ on center is bent back towards the peak to help secure the wall and roof sections A grid of rebar covers the entire roof and overhang to give it strength once concrete is placed The overhang is braced and shored in a variety of ways before adding rebar and placing the concrete Even the most elaborate of roofs can be done in concrete and can be finished in a colore choice of rolled on UV protection, usually white, over a bermuda style (below), or rubber shingles or tiles are glued and mechanically fastened for a more secure yet traditional appearance The sheetrock, foam, and concrete roof system has no leaks and drafts and results in increased energy efficiency, strength, and super quiet noise reduction. This “Bermuda” style concrete roof was finished and sealed in a rolled on white poly elastomer to best reflect the southern sun and heat. Our fewer bracing has raised eyebrows among inspectors but since we keep shifting weight off the walls, which results in less movement and fewer adjustments, we get plumb, square, and perfect, professional looking walls...every time! A job everyone will be proud of! Environmentalists will really appreciate our rubber shingles that are molded from recycled automobile tires, tires that continue to overcrowd our landfills. They are completely recycled into 5 different components and chemically treated to reproduce rubber. The shingles last far longer than the best asphalt or metal shingles and add appeal to our homes Copyright © 2013 ConcreteEnergyHomes, LLC Disaster Resistant and Zero Energy Homes to Last Forever! Shallow Frost Protected Footing Concept Goes Back to Frank Lloyd Wright! Traditional footings require a separate concrete delivery and results in a weak cold joint! With Experience, We Could Begin Stacking ICF's Before Completely Installing Our Footing Forms! We Lay Rigid Foam Out 4' Around the Perimiter, Sloped Away From the House for Drainage We Then Add a Foot of Soil to Protect the Foam and Provide for Plants and Landscaping We Don't Recommend Basements But Sometimes They're Just Necessary! Footing Forms Can be Assembled By 2 Workers as Close to the Site as Possible. 2 Straight Forms Are Connected by an Inside Corner Piece to Form a Corner With Experience and Proper Tooling, Footings are Typically Installed in a Few Hours and Certainly Less than a Day! Building Materials Should Be Strategically Placed, ICF's Usually On the Inside of the Walls and Rebar on the Opposite Side of the Vertical Bracing. With Experience, Walls are Erected Quickly, in Less Than 1-2 Days! We Use Fewer and Less Expensive Vertical Bracing Follow Written Instructions and Your Walls Will be Plumb and Square, Every Time! For Slab-On-Grade Jobs, the Plumbing and Concrete Floor Had to be Completed Before They Began the Walls and Already Suffered Delays! We Rely on the Proper Principles of Physics and Keep Our Bracing Simple The Bevelled Footing Eliiminates the Possibility of a Cold Joint, Where Water, Freezing, and Earthquakes Weaken this Important Connection! Hinged Inspection Sill Plate Allows Proper Concrete Consolidation Below Windows Before We Assembled Them, Now They Come Ready To Be Installed! Wood Bucks Can Warp, Rot, and Burn While Plastic Bucks Can Crack or Strip Screws! This Perfect ICF Shell Took Less Than 5 Days with a 3 Person Crew! Shoring Supports the Foam Panels and Heavy Steel and Concrete and Keeps the Weight Off the Walls Until They're Properly Cured Vertical Rebar Extends Above the Wall and Bent Towards Peak to Interconnect the Walls, Roof and Overhang We Can't Imagine a Stronger Roof! Nor Can Anyone Else We Ask! Metal C Channel Provides Strength and Attachment Strips for Sheetrock                                                                2' Overhangs Need Shoring Support During Heavy Concrete Pour Imagine How Much Simpler and Less Expensive a Basic HipRoof Would Be To Install While a Concrete Roof is More Expensive, It is Also Superior to Any Other Asphalt or Metal Roof Slate Style Rubber Shingles From Recycled Automobile Tires! Shake Style Molded Rubber Shingles From Recycled Automobile Tires!
ConCoreSystem derives its name from the “Concrete Core” inside ICF foam blocks. We choose to eliminate basements and crawl spaces using shallow frost protected footing  technology which results in a floating slab, similar to slab- on-grade, only better! Independent scaffolding allows us to use fewer and simpler vertical braces to keep the wet concrete wall plumb because no human weight exerts force on the wall to cause “out-of-plumb” problems. We use steel window and door framing and absolutely NO WOOD,  anywhere! We can build faster and with better results which ultimately leads to $aving$. Our proprietary metal reusable ICF footing forms truly are the foundation of our system because they allow placement of concrete in “One Pour” which forms a single stronger footing/wall structure, without the usual weaker “cold joint”, with many more benefits and $aving$ opportunities through out the construction process. Please view this short 2 minute animated video which demonstrates the concept. The corners are installed first, then straight sections are added working towards the middle of each side, plumbing, squaring, and staking each section as you proceed, and spraying a release agent. Once the rebar is tied down, the ICF stacking begins. Please note: Any brand and width ICF forms can be used with our footing forms, and as the video demonstrates, the ICF corners are also installed first working towards the final center pieces on each side. If the length of walls is planned properly based on the particular ICF form, there will be minimal cutting and waste. Unlike minimum code requirements, we put horizontal rebar in every course, 16” apart, and as a last step vertically every 2’ apart. NOTE: You Can Use Any ICF Forms with the ConCoreSystem