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Beach Drive

The home showcases the natural beauty of concrete and utilizes it everywhere possible (pictured) Situated on the Pacific Northwest, home is built to withstand the damp harsh climate. This is a generational home Full thermal wrap including under footings and slab; through wall; and through roof. 4” of EPS in the walls, 8” EPS used under footings and 24” EPS used under slab. Thermal bridging has been eliminated in the wall system through the use of fiberglass connector pins between wythes. The only thermal bridging in the home is the windows, doors and keyholes. We thermally broke the front deck from the upstairs lounge using Schoeck Blocks. The front exterior deck is directly above a conditioned space below (bedroom) so thermal bridging was a concern. Connect-EZ: V-System used to attach Canam Hambro Truss mid-floor system. Connect-EZ: PA-18’s, galvanized on site and used to attach panels to footings, eliminating the use of welding below grade. PC Beam Shoe and PC Corbel used to connect concrete posts to concrete beams (pictured) Canam Cell Deck used for the roof. Allowed us to span the full width of the home (20ft) without needing load bearing walls to pick up the load. Mortise and tenon connection created with concrete. This connection is used typically with wood. This eliminates bulky industrial bolted/welded connections. Polished concrete panels used in different areas throughout the home Less waste than wood frame homes. CIP has 3 main materials. High Performance Wood frame walls have 12. High quality window installation in regards to weather proofing, thermal comfort and lifespan of window. Tilt-Up sandwich panel provides excellent energy efficiency. The cost is very comparable to a high-performance wood frame home but is far more durable and lower maintenance. Casting equipment is within ⅛” of tolerance over 30ft. High level of exterior finish quality. (pictured) Use of epoxy coated steel casting tables sanded to 240 grit for super smooth finish on the veneer layer Hand trowel finish on structural layer for a rustic look on the interior Single piece precast bathtub Single piece precast cabinetry housing Architectural concrete panels, providing interior and exterior finish Exterior staircase, outdoor furniture and patio at rear of property were all poured on same casting tables as walls to continue the aesthetic throughout (pictured) Polished concrete walls used in different areas to break up the finish and provide a different texture for the eye and hands to notice. As much embedded structural steel, using nelson studs, was left exposed and then given a black patina finish All door jambs, hinge housings and blind tracks were cast into the concrete panels instead of needing to cut/bore/drill out for them Electrical outlets (Bocci) were precast into concrete panels (pictured) Home is on the ocean and rust and corrosion was a concern we used the following materials to help combat this issue. Basalt rebar used in driveway Epoxy coated rebar in rear patio Stainless steel remesh used in veneer of house panels Tuf-Strand used in veneer of garage panels  
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Project Location

Victoria, BC


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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
NZ Builders
Concrete Contractor:
Anton Ficko

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Single-Family Housing
Building Types:
Embedded Items
Interlocking Panels
Stacked Panels
Sandwich Panel (Composite)
Number of Floors:
Number of Panels:
70 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
6,260 sq ft (582 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
3,300 sq ft (307 sq m)
Project Footprint:
1,550 sq ft (144 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
28 ft 8 in (8.74 m)
Widest Panel:
26 ft 0 in (7.92 m)
Largest Panel:
373 sq ft (34.7 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
31,167 lbs (14,137 kg)
Longest Spandrel:
26 ft 0 in (7.92 m)
Recycled Content:
270 tons (US)