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Simple and Elegant ­ Durable and High Performing Those were the traits requested for a new home for the Raines family, which was built in urban Chicago, near downtown. The lot was particularly narrow and small, which minimized the footprint (25' x 100'), however it provided the optimal location for the owner's new home. They knew building with Reward ICFs would provide the best performance and durability as well as give flexibility in the construction to allow erection of the walls in such confined quarters. Plus, the Raines family realized the importance of a building a sustainable home and making an ecological impact on the world. The Raines used 5,550 square feet of Reward Wall Systems Insulated Concrete Forms, to construct the walls of the 4,100 square foot, 4-story home. Total construction time took approximately 10 months, with exterior walls stacked at a rate of 1-1/2 weeks per floor. The design of the roof and the entire house had intricate details and demanded high attention to detail from the general contractor. This project was conducted by industry newcomer Cian O'Mahony with Leitrim and Mani, LLC.

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You can now get immediate access to our ICF home floor plans online. We have built a new micro-site to provide you with free access to our ICF home plans whenever it is convenient for you. Simply visit and sort by style, name, size or number of bedrooms to preview each option. Plus, this new portal will be updated regularly, giving you accurate information with every visit. Find a floor plan you are interested in and give us a call for more details.

Average winter gas bill was $45

Project Profile: Raines Family Residence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 and 3 Message From The President: Year in Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 NoricF4 Fire Ratings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Upcoming Trade Show Schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 ICF Education Resource Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 ICF Continuing Education Learning Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Reward's Marketing Coordinator Received LEED Credentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Waterproofing and Transition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Project Profile: Oak Haven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Reward Wall Systems · Fall 2010

Message From The President

Hello ­ since it has been longer than normal between newsletters ­ I thought I would share some thoughts with you on our 2010 ­ including a recap of the year, a summary of our more significant accomplishments and an outlook for 2011. 2010 has continued in much the same light for RWS as 2008 and 2009 ­ very challenging Ed Storm times for all of us in the President, Reward Wall Systems construction industry ­ especially the residential industry. Business has been difficult and hyper competitive. But there are bright spots showing and more coming ahead. We have grown our form sales in 2010 over 2009 ­ no small accomplishment in this market in my opinion. This is a function of the dedication and hard work of our great customers and great employees and our great product lines including the iForm and eForm. The growth has come in spite of a business environment that is very difficult and in which every sale and project is a real challenge. We appreciate all of your efforts on our behalf. 2010 has been challenging ­ yet very rewarding as you can see for our company. 2011 will represent a whole new set of challenges and I thought you might like to hear where I think we are going as an economy and as a company. As it relates to the overall economy for 2011 unfortunately, I believe the construction economy will be similar to 2009 and 2010 with residential and commercial sales continuing to be slow and hard to come by. I do however, believe that overall economy is improving ­ slowly ­ and that we should start to see notable improvement in construction in the second half of 2011 (let's hope so). You can expect Reward Wall Systems in 2011 to release new products and services throughout the year. We believe we need to continue to do these things to remain the industry leader and to constantly innovate to push our markets further. We will be relentless on the sales and marketing side to provide as many opportunities for ICF sales for you, our customers. We know about and have felt the very tough economic conditions that I am sure you have endured. But I am confident that the future for our industry has never been brighter. We are seeing this in the efforts of the design community as relates to our products. Continue to believe in what you are doing and you will be rewarded ­ things will get better.

2010 Highlights

Reward Wall Systems achieved some really good and positive things in 2010 despite the tough economic conditions. The list below is a brief summary of some of the more significant accomplishments in 2010:

1. We upgraded our Noric F4 custom metal ICF framing

assembly to include fire ratings, thermal break protection, force protection compliance and technical information development. We believe there is a real long term market for this product.

2. We are creating a library of building performance on

Reward Wall Systems projects.

3. Performed sound testing on our 13" iForm product.

4. Updated the Reward Wall Systems Product Catalog.

5. Created an upscale marketing piece for the design

community ­ an area we believe will offer significant future growth opportunities.

6. Continued to expand content and tripled the visitors to

our infamous Reward online Blog.

7. Created a 3D interactive wall assembly on the Reward

Wall Systems Website.

8. Our marketing department created numerous free

publicity articles and opportunities in over 30 different publications this year, showcasing unique projects and ICF applications.

9. Completed or are close to completion on the following

significant projects: · · · · · 80 Unit low income housing project in MS High School ­ KY Veterans Affairs Addition ­ FL Community College ­ NM Catholic Church ­ AZ

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Cian received on-site training from Darryl Ulrich, our Product Application Specialist as well as Christopher Storm, the Regional Sales Manager. With the use of this service and Cian's eagerness to learn, this project was a great success in revitalizing Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood and spurring further developments. In the beginning stages of the project, Cian expressed that he was nervous to use a product he was unfamiliar with. However, the ease of installation, comfortable job site conditions, significant labor savings (due to being a 5in-1 wall assembly) and the overall energy efficiency of the walls quickly made ICF construction Cian's preferred building method. Designed to achieve a LEED Silver, the home scored a 41 on the HERS Energy Star Rating, which beat out the proclaimed greenest house in Chicago [50]. The building was also certified through Chicago Green Homes with a 3 star rating.

NoricF4 Receives Fire Ratings and Comply with Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings

Reward Wall Systems' NoricF4 Custom Metal ICF Frames have received fire ratings of 1.5 hours to 3 hours and they have been evaluated to be in compliance with the prescriptive requirements of the Department of Defense Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings for blast/force protection. The NoricF4 is structurally integrated to the cast-in-place ICF concrete wall with an embedded flange around the entire perimeter of door and window openings. The NoricF4 has been shown to satisfy the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 4010-01 for both door and window frames and door and window mullions. The UFC Antiterrorism Standard requires building components to adopt and adhere to common criteria and minimum construction standards to mitigate antiterrorism vulnerabilities and terrorist threats. "There is an increase of government buildings and educational facilities using insulating concrete forms to build structures, with an added importance on safety. It's important that Reward provides products that meet the stringent requirements for fire ratings and blast protection," Kelvin Doerr P.E., VP of Engineering and Technical Services.

· Insulated basement floors with radiant heat · Geothermal heating using 9 wells, each run vertically to a depth of 90 feet · Solar water heater which also supplements the geothermal system.The solar qualified them for a grant from the State of Illinois Solar Energy Incentive Program · Green roof with plants in removable trays that qualified them for a $5,000 City of Chicago Green Roof grant · Rain barrel for water harvesting · Spray foam insulation used for the ceilings · Exterior facade made of Paperstone = 100% weatherproof and made of recycled paper

Project Highlights: Raines Residence

This home was submitted for the 2010 ICF Builder Awards. Be sure to check out our blog for more pictures as well as the owner's blog ( to read more on the project!

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NoricF4 now available with an optional thermal break

WFX EXPO November 3rd ­ 4th Atlanta, GA Booth #938 World of Concrete January 18th ­ 21st, 201 1 Las Vegas, NV Booth #N355 GreenBuild November 16th ­ 18th Chicago, IL Booth #1990 CinemaCon March 28th ­ 31st, 201 1 Las Vegas, NV Booth #326F!

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Reward Wall Systems · Fall 2010

ICF Education Resource Center

Reward has resources in place to better service building professionals who are in need of education on the proper design and construction of ICFs. We have dedicated numerous web pages, presentations and updated online content in order to offer as many opportunities to educate the design and construction base of Reward products and the ICF industry. We will be rolling out a much anticipated and highly requested new presentation by the end of 2010 to further educate the building community on topics rarely discussed and taught in our industry. On Site ICF Education Along with us offering a free online portal to learn about ICFs, we offer custom ICF presentations that can be presented on site at your firm or we can host through Reward distributors across the nation. We will present the standard introduction to ICFs, for HSW and SD credits, and then allow for tailored portions on what your firm needs to learn about, in order to properly design with insulating concrete forms. Reward has technical application specialists and an engineer on staff to go more in-depth on specific details or concepts with using Reward ICF system. Our goal is to educate you from our decades of expertise gathered from being involved in all levels of ICF design and construction.

Reward Marketing Coordinator Received LEED Credentials

In March of 2010, Marketing Coordinator Troy Gibson successfully passed the USGBC's LEED Green Associate certification exam. LEED education, certification and accreditation are encouraged as part of the company's environmentally responsible practices and support for customers' green design and building projects. As Reward continues leading Marketing Coordinator, Reward Wall Systems the industry as a resource in ICF design and construction, the LEED Green Associate credentials will play an important role to help our customers become better acquainted with the USGBC rating system, as it applies in the field or when trying to secure new projects. By going to trade shows, writing blog posts, and speaking to hundreds of thousands of individuals through advertising, Troy felt the responsibility to be educated about LEED and how it pertains to the ICF industry. He also wanted to make sure Reward has an accurate and informative voice when it comes to sustainable topics, so we continue to serve as an invaluable resource for our customers.

, Troy Gibson, LEED Green Associate

Email us to schedule it today ­ [email protected]

Interested In Having An On-Site Company ICF Presentation?

Reward's free online course, Introduction to Insulating Concrete Forms, provides an overview of ICFs, including the components, variations and function. Also, the benefits of ICFs are discussed in real-life situations through case studies. This course is AIA (qualifies for HSW and SD credit), CSI, and USGBC approved, along with 13 other organizations for credits.

ICF Continuing Education Learning Units

What is a LEED Green Associate?

The LEED Green Associate credential, introduced in 2009, demonstrates comprehensive knowledge in green building and the LEED building rating system. It distinguishes individuals who support, but may not directly participate in, green building in their regular professional work. This credential is also a prerequisite to pursue the next tier of accreditation, LEED AP with Specialty.


For more details or to take the course for credit go to:

Our AEC Daily Course Now Approved for LUs thru GBCI!

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Waterproofing and Transition

Proper waterproofing is critical to ensuring a dry basement. Each step in the waterproofing and transition process is important; it is not an area in which to cut corners or try to save money. You can't rely on the EPS foam and concrete to prevent water leakage, and if leakage occurs, it can damage your reputation as a builder. Water problems are difficult and expensive to find and fix, so it's better to prevent them from occurring in the first place. The contractor, designer and owner must share in the responsibility of choosing the proper waterproofing product and installing the waterproofing properly.

Drain Tile System It is important to install a drain tile system. This acts as a below-grade gutter system that removes water from the base of the building. The drain tile system may be placed at the base of the footing or slab on either the exterior or interior or both sides of the wall. It must be placed at an elevation lower than the slab. Backfill and Grade Place aggregate below and above the drain tile system. Make sure either a floor system is installed and/or the top of the wall is adequately braced before backfilling. The backfill should be lightly compacted to avoid settlement. As the site is backfilled make sure the grade is sloped away from the building in all directions. Use extreme care when backfilling so that the backfill or equipment does not puncture a hole in the water sealant system. If rocky soil or dry clay soil is being backfilled, Reward recommends that you install a protective membrane in front of the water sealant system to avoid puncturing the membrane.

Components of Ensuring a Dry Interior Basement

Water Sealant System It is critical to NOT use any solvent, ketone, ester or petroleum-based water sealant products. These types of materials will "eat-away" or deteriorate the expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. Make sure that the product used is compatible with EPS. It is a requirement for Reward ICFs to be covered with a water sealant system on below grade applications. Some of the variables that should be considered when choosing a waterproofing system include: local soil type, local climate, ground water conditions and specific building and project requirements. Reward recommends either the air gap drainage type systems or peel and stick. Reward does not recommend the spray, brush, or trowel-on waterproofing systems. Reward specifically recommends the following waterproofing membrane systems or an equivalent: 1. Cosella-Dörken's Delta MS-CLEAR or Delta MSair-gap membrane

(pictured at left) Resisto by Colphene Soprema

Caulking, Flashing and Sealing Caulking, flashing and sealing is imperative to avoid water problems. Wherever flashing is required in traditional construction is also required with Reward walls. It is important to seal the walls to footing joint to ensure no water intrusion at this cold joint. Guttering and Downspouts Install guttering and downspouts on the Reward building to direct water away from the building. For further information on the transition area from above and below grade, please reference Reward's Technical Bulletin, "Waterproofing and Transitions" accessible online in our product manual.

2. Resisto by Colphene Soprema ­ a peel and stick self adhered membrane It is essential to follow the waterproofing manufacturers' application procedures. The membrane systems work especially well, because they effectively cover the seams of the block. They should be applied either horizontally or vertically down the wall with the required overlap. The top edge and all termination points of the water sealant membrane must be properly sealed. The waterproofing membrane should go down the face of the wall, extended over the top of brick ledges, overtop the footing, and down the edge of footing.



Two waterproofing membranes recommended by Reward Wall Systems: 1. Cosella-Dörken's Delta MS-CLEAR or Delta MS- air-gap membrane 2. Resisto by Colphene Soprema ­ a peel and stick self adhered membrane.

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Waveland Affordable Housing Units Use Reward ICFs to Help Rebuild a Katrina Devastated Area

Five years after the devastation on the gulf coast from Hurricane Katrina, the rebuilding process is still under way. In the Waveland, Mississippi area there are efforts to rebuild destroyed low income housing units from the hurricane as well as build additional units to serve the elderly and low income families. All of the public housing units were built using Reward insulating concrete forms. Oak Haven was the first of two developments constructed to serve this community and offer an affordable housing option for previous and new residents. It is a neighborhood of duplexes and 4-plexes comprising of a total of 80 residential units and a community center. Each unit is either a single or double bedroom, with all of them having a living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. The homes were designed with a coastal cottage theme in mind. A notable aspect was the fast track production type nature of the project. Essentially the entire process, from footing to finish, was standardized in groups of 6 to 8 houses in an assembly line fashion. For example, after one crew was through with the footings on a group of houses, Millennium Walls moved in to install the ICF walls, while the first crew moves on to another group and installs those footings as well. Then the framers come in, while the ICF installer moves on to the group with finished footings. What that allowed was a constant motion of cumulative building happening all at the same time. By using this method it was estimated the GC saved over 3 months of construction time. Reward ICFs were chosen for this project for very specific reasons, according to the GC and the architect. First, Reward ICFs were specified by SGB Architects due to the more stringent requirements of wind load capacity ­ especially when it came to disaster areas. By using ICFs for those items, according to the architect, they saved a substantial amount of money on the insurance premiums. Second, W. G. Yates was responsible for selecting the brand of ICF. We were chosen specifically for our proven corner performance with our double "H" bridging corner bracket, as well as our 6" on-center tie spacing for the added strength per block. Couple that with our ability to educate all parties involved and Reward was the clear choice.

· Received $7 million from the Disaster Relief Program · Received a $500,000 grant to help finance the project which was focused on rebuilding the damaged areas · 80 housing units · 583 square foot and 836 square foot units · 73,000 total square feet of living space · 12,000 11" iForm used including: Taper top, 90 degree corner and T-form.

Project Highlights

Total utility bills estimated under $75 per home

As of this publication, there is also a related but separate housing development, consisting of 100 homes being constructed only a couple miles away from Waveland. Stay tuned, as that should be completed in the next 6 months!

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