Sustainability

What is Octaform?

Octaform is a stay-in-place, concrete forming system. Its closest comparison is to an insulated concrete form(ICF). Long considered by contractors to be an effective, green building material, ICFs provide excellent climate control and energy efficiency. Octaform provides all of these benefits and more.

Because the forming system stays in place, the concrete wall is finished when formed – in one step. This eliminates the need for harsh coatings or cladding. Also, Octaform is extremely versatile. Unlike with traditional ICFs (that are similar in shape to Lego blocks), forming curved walls is a snap with Octaform. Add to this, a built-in, watertight, PVC lining and you have the world’s best solution for concrete tanks.

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Extending the life of your structure

With the introduction of Quick Liner in 2013, the company responded to its customer’s desire to bring the Octaform protection to existing walls and ceilings. This interlocking wall and ceiling panel fastens to your existing structure, instantly transforming your dark, dingy walls into a clean and bright environment that is resistant to corrosion and dirt.

 

The Components

PVC

Poly-Vinyl-Chloride (PVC) is abundant, potable water safe and 100% recyclable. When compared with metal or glass products of similar application, PVC’s carbon footprint is minimal. It uses less energy and oil to produce than other major polymers and its durability makes it ideal for long-term applications. Octaform panels are extruded from PVC here in the Lower Mainland.

Concrete

When considering the lifetime environmental impact of a building material—extraction, production, construction, operation, demolition and recycling— concrete is already an excellent choice. The Octaform forming system enhances these attributes by extending the life-cycle of the concrete structure and reducing the energy and resources required to build it.

 

Sustainability

BUILDING WITH OCTAFORM…
Reduces: Increases:
Energy consumption The life of any concrete
structure
Cleaning
and maintenance
Thermal efficiency
and energy performance
Shipping requirements Speed of construction
The need for heavy
equipment/cranes
Seismic performance

While concrete itself is a sustainable product by the nature of its durability, the materials that form it and are required to finish it sometimes undermine the benefits.  Octaform increases the life of concrete walls, particularly in harsh environments, and reduces/eliminates the need for ancillary finishing both during construction and through its life resulting in an overall more sustainable process. Furthermore, Octaform ships flat, reducing shipping requirements.

Octaform is committed to the delivery of a quality professional service and recognize that their operations impact upon the environment. We therefore endeavor to ensure that the potential harmful effects of our business are minimized wherever practicable and managed as sustainably as possible.   We have thus undertaken several initiatives to reduce the impact that our company has on the environment including:

  • Climate Smart
  • Cow Power
  • Ongoing research of our stay-in-place forms to evaluate the extended life cycle of our products
  • Ongoing research to evaluate the reduction in concrete and reinforcement requirements that is made available with the use of the stay-in-place form
  • Addition of a cladding liner to our product lines to allow for the repair of existing structures instead of demolition and repair