Seneca Built Smart™Foundation Systems
Cast in Place and Insulated Concrete Formed Walls
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CAST-IN-PLACE (CIP) aluminum forms and poured, reinforced concrete. (Recommended)
Cast-in-place concrete walls are often simply referred to a "poured concrete". It is very tried and true, respected type of construction process for commercial structures and residential homes alike. It involves pouring liquid concrete into removable forms and then dismantling the forms once the concrete has hardened to leave a solid wall behind. The technology for casting concrete in removable forms—the beginning of the reinforced concrete construction industry—dates back at least to the 1850s, not long after portland cement was patented. The predominant use of removable forms for single-family homes was for below-grade (basement) walls. Interestingly, the amazing inventor, Thomas Edison was one of the first to recognize the potential for above-grade applications. He developed some demonstration projects, of which several were single-family homes made entirely of concrete.
Cast-in-Place Concrete walls:are highly recommend for residential foundations. They are quickly constructed following site preparation by erecting steel reinforcing rods within the wall locations, setting removable forms, pouring concrete in between the forms, then removing the forms to leave solid, steel reinforced concrete wall. Seneca utilizes the well engineered,, aluminum Western Forms which are complete and suitable for exterior walls, interior walls, foundations, floor slabs, windows, doors, parapets, overhangs / balconies and optional insulation systems.
Seneca's Built Smart™ System integrates the best practices, state of the art equipment, materials and methods of forming and placing technology, concrete mixtures, and insulation strategies. This tried and tested system has made construction of concrete foundations using poured concrete and removable forms. a well-accepted building technique throughout the world..
INSULATED CONCRETE FORMED WALLS (ICF) expanded polystyrene forms and poured, reinforced concrete.
Insulating concrete forms (ICF) are hollow “blocks” or “panels” made of expanded polystyrene insulation (EPS) or other insulating foam that construction crews stack to form the shape of the walls of a building. The workers then fill the center with reinforced concrete to create the structure. Although there are g variations in design and materials ICF construction essentially sandwiches a heavy, high-strength reinforced concrete between two layers of a light, highly insulated one (EPS or foam). This combination creates a wall with many desirable properties: air tightness, strength, sound attenuation, insulation, and mass.
Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF Higher R Value Lower Energy Cost. ICF walls have a more even temperature throughout the day and night. They have virtually no “cold spots”, and far fewer drafts. ICF walls have negligible air infiltration. Improved Energy Operations. The superior insulation, air tightness, and mass of the walls can reduce the cost of operating HVAC in the building by up to 40%. In addition, ICFs allow the installation of smaller (generally, less expensive) heating and cooling equipment. The high R-value combined with thermal mass means ICF walls exceed most energy code requirements. If the building is like most buildings, it is using fossil fuel. By reducing the building’s fossil fuel requirements, the ICF plays an important role in reducing the negative environmental impacts associated with fossil fuel use. May contribute to LEED Credit EA 1.
Seneca's Built Smart™ Advantages
Seneca's Built Smart™ Team can provide turn-key service including the planning, site excavation and preparation, form erection, concrete pouring and finishing. The technical expertise and practical experience of the crew is made even more valuable by the dedication and passion they bring to every client and every project.