Bob introduces homeowner Howard Brickman, who is building a new addition for an aging parent that will nearly double the size of his colonial home in Norwell, MA. It showcases concrete building technology that is streamlined, efficient, and versatile.
There were some delays in obtaining a building permit because the home is near a quaking bog that serves as a wildlife habitat and natural filtration system for the town. Steve Ivas, an environment consultant, leads a tour of neighboring Black Pond Bog. Formed by melting glacial remains, the pond is covered by a moss layer that has since formed a 20-foot thick fibrous mat. At the home site, a hay-bale buffer was created on the property to protect a connected wetland from erosion or runoff during the project.
At every step, time and materials savings speed the construction and save countless hours of labor. A monolithic pour, or single pour that would normally take three, is used for the concrete slab and frost walls. ReddiForm’s innovative plastic footing ICF forms are used to create and reinforce the structure. Insul-Tarp is used to create an insulated vapor barrier and reflect heat back into the living spaces. Fibers are blended into the concrete mix, eliminating the need for a traditional steel reinforced mesh.