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ICF Swimming Pool Engineering Guide Released

BuildBlock releases ICF Swimming Pool Engineering Guide for In-ground and Above-ground ICF Swimming Pools, cisterns, and water vessels.

ICF Swimming Pool Engineering GuideBuildBlock is excited to release the BuildBlock ICF Swimming Pool Engineering Guide. We have been working for more than a year to design, develop, and produce a series of interlocking and easy to use radius blocks for use in both homes and swimming pools, while also creating engineering for above and below ground pool walls in a variety of soil conditions. ICF pools can use standard BuildBlock ICF forms with or without the new radius forms. Each will deliver extreme energy performance and ease of construction.

“Making standard radius blocks was hard. Everyone wants to use them differently for the same things: breakfast nooks, architectural features, fountains, swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and more. We spent more than a year designing and refining the sizes and shapes of our BuildRadius blocks to meet these needs without any fuss, confusion, or complications. Then we turned out efforts to making sure that anyone could build with them, and integrate them into their custom home, swimming pool, hot tub, or water feature.” says Mike Garrett, BuildBlock CEO.

The BuildBlock ICF Swimming Pool Engineering Guide contains basic engineering methodology and references used for calculation, suggested footing designs, calculated tables for in ground and above ground swimming pools, and designs to ensure the integrity of the structure based on the method of backfilling (surcharge versus non-surcharge). These tables should be used as a guide and a reference. Some projects may require site specific engineering. Check local codes to 

“We created a series of above-ground and in-round engineering tables and suggested designs for pools of different heights and depths. Knowing how pools are built, we wanted to make sure they were designed to withstand the construction process including backfilling.” explains Rebecca Downey, BuildBlock Technical Coordinator. “Using these tables and designs anyone should have the basics to plan and develop their pool.”

*Surcharge is the extra pressure put on the non-compacted soil during backfilling from personnel, equipment, tools, and machinery.The differences are noted in surcharge vs non-surcharge tables in this guide. 

Download and review the guide below for your next project.

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