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Location: Carberry, Manitoba, Canada
Square Footage: 4,800 sq. ft (built with ICFs)

Fox Blocks ICF offered an energy-efficient solution for a building full of pressurized moisture because moisture does not affect the ICF, even over the long term. Potato storage is at a constant 100% relative humidity and 1.5 cfm pressure, which causes other forms of construction to go through complex detailing to keep moisture out of the wall cavity.

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This barn allowed the pota­toes to be stored four months longer than the oth­er sev­en pota­to barns the end-user owns due to the con­trolled atmos­phere thanks to the high crafts­man­ship of build­ing with ICF. The pre­scrip­tive air ser­vice devel­oped dur­ing this build is now being used in oth­er pota­to stor­age facil­i­ties and demon­strates the ben­e­fits of build­ing with ICF for this indus­try.

The project required an exceptional amount of bracing due to the size of the building. The ICF blocks allowed for 120 anchor points to be easily cut in to the EPS (expanded polystyrene) on the side walls for anchors to be temporarily held in place prior to concrete placement. Nine racks of Plumwall bracing were utilized to complete the build successfully

Project Stats

Location: Carberry, Manitoba, Canada
Industry: Specialty Application (Storage Barn)
Size: 4,800 sq. ft (Floor)
ICF Use: 24,000 sq. ft.
Cost: $2.6 million
Total Construction: 17 weeks
ICF Installation: 30 days

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