re: Rhino Form
I am writing this letter in an effort to share my personal opinion on a product I seen for the first time at the World of Concrete convention, 2019.
I have been in the EPS industry for roughly 40 years. I have seen many innovative “inventions” and uses for EPS molded products, Structural Insulated Panels for building construction, Various Insulated concrete foundation and wall forms, EPS sandwich panels with concrete on both sides, an EZ Forming System for slab on grade application but nothing quite like the new product I seen in Las Vegas last January! Rhino Forms, a vertical concrete forming system, 4 feet wide and up to 50 feet tall. AMAZING!
While all of the other amazing things I have seen are in their own wright quite innovative, the Rhino Form caught my attention because of its strength characteristics, insulation qualities and ease of construction.
My background is primarily in the EPS industry, but grew up working for a contractor, at the age of 14 and continued to work during the summer months, school vacations and whenever I could, until I was out of college. He was primarily a concrete contractor, which meant lugging heavy forms, driving many stakes to hold forms in place along with setting up plywood, steel and some aluminum, basement wall forms. All of which were heavy, required cleaning after the pour, loading on a trailer, unloading at the storage building and then reversing the process a week or two later.
Not all of this needs to happen with the Rhino Form System. You set and pour the footings, tack down the lower supporting 2×4 to outline the building shape and start setting the easy to handle and manage panels. With pre made, at the factory corners, 2 people can easily set the necessary panels for a 12-foot high wall, 40 x 60 building in 2 days! Another day to brace the walls, set scaffolding, if needed, and start pumping concrete. Once poured and set, remove the scaffolding and go home! No need to remove forms, as the forms are now the insulation for the wall, both inside and outside. No heavy equipment to lug forms around, no need to wash the forms so you can reuse them (saves lots of water and time).
Having seen first hand the machine in operation, that produces these walls, I was and am very impressed. The molding machine was designed and built to perform flawlessly with proper training. The ease of operation and quality of the product would impress anyone familiar with the operation of any equipment.
I live in a home in Nevada on a mountainside; built on an ICF foundation system, all the upper exterior walls and some of the interior walls are Structural Insulated Panels even part of our flooring system is comprise of structural insulated panels. Our next home will be built with Rhino Forms for the foundation and the exterior walls, with all the interior walls being SIPs. Our current home was finished in 2006, we have had no nail or screw pops, withstood earth tremors from the California earthquakes, heats as efficiently as you would expect from a very well insulated house, with our energy cost significantly less than other homes in the area that were stick built. Our next home will utilize as many Rhino Form Panels as possible and our expectations are that it will be stronger, quieter, and even more efficient then what we presently live in.
I will never live in anything less than a well-insulated, stronger then typical construction home. I enjoy the quiet this type of construction gives us along with the protection against the elements and natural disasters that can occur.
If you are at a point in your life, you are planning to build a home or commercial building, take a hard look at what Rhino Form Construction offers you. That and other EPS products can and will make your life much more comfortable, more energy efficient and less expensive to maintain.