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ICF Training for the True Self-Builder

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ICF Training for the True Self-Builder

Published: 22nd April 2021

While we absolutely love being on-site and taking a self-build dream to tangible reality, sometimes our clients simply require us to supply the components and assist in the construction of them rather than being present the whole time. That is where our ‘supply and assist’ services come in. In a nutshell, this is a very hands-on ICF training session provided over a number of days by our highly skilled team of specialists.

Many other companies in the industry offer ICF training, which tends to be a classroom-based training seminar. While we absolutely feel this is beneficial to any self-builder’s project and can be arranged by Econekt too, we prefer to offer our style of ICF training and feel that this approach is a lot more hands-on and helpful to the client.

With this particular service, the clue really is in the name. We supply the Izodom ICF products and then assist in the construction of them, with it being done in such a way where the client feels confident and is able to carry out the rest of the process themselves. Think of Econekt as a helping hand throughout the whole operation, rather than carrying out the work for you, or simply teaching you how to do it, prior to your build starting.

ICF construction in Frizington, UK

To best describe the process, it is probably best to map out a general timeline of a project utilising this service, and the points at which we would come in:

Stage One:

  • Assist in offloading all ICF elements from the wagon and organise them by each component type.
  • Set out the structure from the four corners and build in from there with the blocks, working the way around the structure until you (usually) have four courses.
  • The building plans would then be checked by you and us, setting out, marking and positioning the relevant openings (doors and windows) within the walls as they are built.
  • ICF bracing systems would be provided and set up during the site assistance period. We would then advise on how to set these up plus how to plumb and straighten the walls with the systems, prior to the concrete pour.
  • The key considerations at this stage of the ICF training are that the client understands the following: corner construction, where internal and external walls meet, how to form openings, checking and building sill and lintels to the correct height along with ensuring that the bracing systems are set up correctly.
  • We would then leave the client, confident that they have the knowledge and ability to complete the above stages prior to our return for the first concrete pour.

Stage Two:

  • The day before the concrete pour, we would return to the site to ensure that all of the bracing systems are fixed and secure prior to the pour.
  • We would check that all of the corners of the structure are built correctly and that all windows and doors spaces are in the right position ready for insertion to the shell.
  • Check that rebar is placed in the walls correctly and is secured and will allow for the concrete to flow properly during pouring.
  • Finally, the site would have a last check to ensure that it is clean, tidy and absolutely ready for the all-important concrete pour the following day.

Stage Three:

  • On the day we would ensure that everyone on-site understands the process of how the concrete is poured (always in 1m increments around the buildings perimeter, rather than filling one single point to height).
  • When the concrete wagon arrives, we would carry out some initial tests – checking that the mix is correct and undertake what is known as a slump test. This is simply a means of testing how wet the concrete is and measuring whether it will flow correctly when poured. If the concrete is too wet, it can make a pour more eventful than it needs to be!
  • The client would then go ahead with the concrete pour, sound in their knowledge and ability to do so after the training provided by Econekt.

Like to see how our team of highly knowledgeable specialists can provide ICF training to you for a self-build project? Get in touch today.