ICF Wall System, Manila, Philippine



ICF-ManilaSM Prime Holdings, Inc. is a major commercial developer in the Philippines. SM Prime Holdings has plans to develop and build various properties in the Philippines. Many buildings in the Philippines are of the traditional column/beam frame building system. The SM developments such as the Super Center Muntilupa has such a configuration. As an attempt to build more energy efficient buildings than the traditional ones in the Country, The SM Prime Holdings, Inc in conjunction with Mage Packaging Corp of Philippines is interested in introducing the ICF Wall System technology from the United States to Philippine.

BuildBlock Building Systems, LLC is a U.S. based company that manufactures BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Form Walls. BuildBlock Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) Wall system consists of foam forms with molded-in plastic webs that receive cast-in-place concrete pours. The system eliminates the traditional assembling and dismantling of wood forms for walls and produces a structural wall element that can carry gravity loads and lateral shears.

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) are hollow foam blocks which are stacked into the shape of the exterior walls of a building, reinforced with steel rebar, and then filled with concrete. Insulated Concrete Forms combine one of the finest insulating materials, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), with one of the strongest structural building materials, steel reinforced concrete. The result is a wall system of unmatched comfort, energy efficiency, strength and noise reduction.

In order to determine the viability of ICF wall systems in possible applications for development projects in the Philippines, BuildBlock Building Systems, LLC retained VCA Engineers to perform a consulting structural feasibility investigation on a case project, the SM Super Center, Muntilupa, a SM Prime Holdings’ recent development project.

PacRim Engineering served as a technical expert for the American delegate performed a feasibility study of the applicability of the ICF Walls to the Philippine’s market, and consequently travelled to Philipines in October 2008 to introduce the material and technology to the local developers, architects and engineers. Adoption of this technology has been underway.