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Why Nexcem ICF Construction?

Construction Overview for Building with Nexcem Insulated Concrete Forms

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Using our green building construction materials in your construction project is a relatively straightforward process. We have laid out the steps that we follow during each insulated concrete form construction project. While we do not provide formal training, we do have experienced contractors that you can visit during Nexcem project installations. You are more than welcome to watch them work on their own insulated concrete form construction projects and ask them any questions you may have about the installation process.

Ready to get started? Read about the concrete form construction process in more detail below for a complete understanding. If you have any other questions regarding our green building construction materials or the construction process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to assisting you with your upcoming project!


The Construction Process


1. When building with Nexcem green building construction materials, the first step is to lay the blocks directly on the footings. The footing sizes are the same as they are with conventional construction projects.

2. Get the first course level using a leveling bed of mortar or construction adhesive. This is important to ensure ease of construction with the later levels.

3. Place horizontal rebar as you stack.

4. Cut the Nexcem units using a carbide blade to fit the dimensions of the project.

Note: Whenever the Nexcem unit is cut, it is important to brace both sides with boards that are screwed to the other Nexcem units. Also, be sure that the unit is braced to the ground. This will eliminate the potential for blowouts when pouring.

5. Install braces to keep the wall plumb (braces are not required for strength). Typically, installing braces every 10ft is adequate.

6. Insert vertical rebar once the walls are stacked (prior to pouring concrete).

7. Pour concrete with an 8″ slump minimum. Although vibrators are not necessary when using such a high slump concrete, it is recommended to use a small vibrator for areas where the steel is congested (eg. sides/jambs of openings).

8. The Nexcem Wall System easily accommodates electrical wiring and electrical service outlets. Surface grooves and outlet holes may be cut or drilled with ease using a router. 

The Wall Form surface material has sufficient depth to accommodate outlet boxes without the necessity to remove core concrete material. Alternately, electrical wires or conduits may be placed internally within the Wall Form cores prior to concrete placement.