Insulated Concrete Formwork Help & Advice

Our insulated concrete formwork help & advice centre has been created as a reference and information hub for designing and building ICF structures in general, and Polarwall in particular.

Insulating Concrete Formwork Claddings & Finishes

A Brick or Stone Veneer

A brick or stone veneer can be used on the outside of the Polarwall formwork if required. Such a veneer can be fastened to the form work using several different options.

A Brick or Stone Veneer

The fastening option chosen should be decided by which type of brick or stone cladding is being applied and to what height it is being built.

In the past we have seen the brick or stone veneer bonded directly to the form work and also fastened with a cavity.  When bonded directly it should be to a cementitious base coat adhesive as is used in render finishing.

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The various sections above cover the main topics for Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) construction both above and below ground. 

Do not use this as an alternative to what your chosen manufacturer recommends.  We can do things with Polarwall that ICF blocks can’t do and there may some things that you do with other ICFs that Polarwall can’t do. For example our instructions on vibrating the concrete may not be wise on some EPS block systems. 

We want to add to and develop this section, so we welcome all your questions, suggestions for topics and feedback.  If you want to go deeper into a topic please let us know.  This advice hub does not replace our training (or any other companies training) and you still need to avail yourself of our FREE training course.

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