This case study examines the successful use of Eco Block, a high-performance product used for bridge construction and upgrades to a Toowoomba causeway.
The ICF (insulated concrete form) bracing, was initially chosen for its strength and durability.
However, Eco Block ICF, in particular, was opted for due to its proximity to the project location and availability of necessary technical reports, such as noise, fire, and engineering (These reports were important to meet certification requirements set by the local council.)
This case study looks at how this innovative product was used in this bridge construction and the outcome it achieved.
ICF for weatherproof wall
ICF is the perfect solution for weatherproof walls due to its environmentally friendly properties and ability to withstand erosion and weathering.
ICF walls are highly resistant to the elements and because this bridge was built on a causeway (a raised road surrounded by water,) it was crucial these requirements were met in the case of flooding or other natural disasters.
What Makes a bridge strong
ICF construction is gaining traction in Australia as a reliable and sustainable way to construct a range of applications, including bridges.
ICF uses interlocking blocks made from insulated foam to create reinforced concrete walls.
The walls are then filled with steel-reinforced concrete, forming an incredibly strong bond between the two materials.
This makes ICF walls highly resistant to extreme weather conditions and able to withstand heavy loads such as cars and trucks.
Toowoomba, 130 kms for Brisbane, is a city known for its unpredictable weather, and anticipating these conditions was critical in constructing this bridge.
By creating a solid base for the bridge structure, it ensures stability over time and helps reduce the likelihood of structural failure due to wear and tear or extreme weather conditions such as flooding or high winds.
Furthermore, due to their insulation properties, they can better protect against moisture damage caused by temperature fluctuations resulting in less maintenance over time.
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The builders of the Toowoomba causeway highly recommend Eco Block as it was easy to assemble and cut.
They were impressed that Eco Block held up well to the concrete pour with no blowout experienced.
They also noted the team at Eco Block was easy to deal with and because constructing with Eco Block was so easy, no further support was necessary from our end.
We share a testimonial from the Project Manager for the bridge, Tirrel Morris:
“The product was very effective for headwalls, and significantly reduced the amount of forming and bracing compared to what would have been traditionally used to formed walls.Pre-case headwalls were not an option due to my project scenario and would still have been significantly more expensive.”
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ICF construction Australia
These walls are made from strong concrete reinforced with steel, and provide superior insulation, energy efficiency and strength compared to traditional construction materials.
ICF walls offer many advantages over traditional building methods; they are fireproof, mould resistant and highly durable, making them ideal for both residential and commercial projects such as schools, hotels and office buildings.
Case study – ICF bracing for Toowoomba bridge project
It is evident that Eco Block can have incredible results in a large range of applications including bridge construction and upgrades.
The innovative approach in this study has set an example for other Architects and Building Designers looking to make improvements and upgrades to local infrastructures.
Eco Block Pty Ltd is the number one provider of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) in Australia Working closer with homeowners, builders and architects we aspire to deliver the best living environment for you and your family, or employees.
Whether you are building a home, designing architecture or constructing a commercial building, our knowledgeable Eco Block team will be there to help and guide you throughout the process. Plus, we have product specs and design and building manuals available because we want to ensure you use the ICF building blocks correctly and get the best out of them.