Engineers designing construction projects often specify EPS Foam as a block-out in concrete applications, especially in large applications. Using EPS Foam architects and engineers have more flexibility regarding footing configurations allowing for significant reductions in the amount of framing needed to support the weight of large concrete projects as well as in the cost of labor to accomplish the job.
EPS Foam can be custom cut to any shape, it is strong, and is lightweight. The ability to use EPS Foam offers cost benefits by reducing the volume of concrete needed on a job, the amount of framing material necessary, and the labor needed to accomplish the job. All that allows for accelerated construction time preparing for the concrete pour.
An issue with EPS Foam is the placement of the rebar needed to strengthen and hold concrete in place. If rebar shifts during a pour the shift can create both quality and safety issues. Traditional approaches to the problem of shifting rebar are inadequate to the task required of them. That inadequacy has led to some engineers being reluctant to utilize EPS Foam in appropriate applications despite all the benefits it offers.
The FRAP mechanically locks the rebar and wire mesh in a vertical and or horizontal position, in conjunction with the EPS Foam Block-Out, while concrete is placed in the form, during casting. Contractors, inspectors and engineers can be confident that the rebar and wire mesh, is located and held in place, during concrete casting, thus ensuring required design parameters are met.
While the safety and quality aspects of the FRAP tool are paramount, contractors will also appreciate the fact that the tool installs in a few seconds; an important factor in enhancing productivity and competitiveness over traditional methods of securing rebar.
The FRAP is a simple tool with a big impact on the construction industry allowing engineers to confidently expand their use of EPS Foam with all the benefits that use provides in terms of safety, productivity, competitiveness and profitability.