High Performance Custom ICF Garage

About this Project

The Goals and Concerns:

Our client was searching for a better way to design and build a garage to store his sport cars where he could also service them in a climate controlled space. The goal was to build a structure that would also act as a retaining wall as it was being built into a hillside while addressing the typical condensation problems with regular concrete or steel garages. Due to the climate of the location, we had several challenges; high winds, harsh coastal weather conditions, and a high ground water table. 

 The Solution:

Building with insulated concrete forms up to the roof sills was an obvious choice as it would address all the goals the client had.  For this high performance custom ICF garage, Logix Brands ICF was selected. To address the high ground water issues on the site, we also elected to use FabForm Industries FastFoot Footing System to ensure the concrete in the footing never was exposed to the water while also installing a french drain system around the footing. A peel and stick membrane was added to the exterior garage walls to ensure the Logix ICF foundation was waterproofed. Once the custom ICF garage was completed it was a fully insulated structure exceeding R-25 with no thermal bridging, had a radiant heated insulated concrete slab, and is a  climate controlled storage.

ICF Construction Benefits:

– Soundproof

– 4 hour fire rating

– Natural disaster resilience 

– Lower operational/maintenance cost

Client Testimonial: 

“I can recommend using BlueGreenBuildingConcepts who built the 26’w x30’d x10’h ICF foundation for our free standing garage. The Logix brand ICF blocks and FastFoot footing system they used were installed very professionally. Their familiarity and expertise with these systems showed while erecting the structure built into a hillside. The strength of the system acted as a full retaining wall for the site satisfying local town building requirements. They worked closely with the garage builder and were always available to answer questions. We ended up with a great structure.” 

Project name: One Story Detached Custom ICF Garage

Location: Hingham, Massachusetts

Size: 800 SF    

Total ICF Used: 2,800 SF

Footing Used: FabForm Industries FastFoot

Foundation Product: Logix Insulated Concrete Forms

R-Value: R-25+ with no thermal bridging

HVAC: Radiant Heat & Mini Split Systems with ERV

Start Date: 10/28/2019

End Date: 11/18/2019   

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