Philip Blair is the designer of Megaform. He brings 35 years experience within the construction industry. Construction types included, Architectural homes and Commercial buildings. Identifying the limitations of products traditionally used in the market.
The designers’ earlier ICF system developed in 1992 endured the devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch in February 2011. The majority of the properties that used this system incurred minimal structural damage where as neighboring structures of conventional building systems such as brick and precast had failed demonstrating how much more superior Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) is.
In 1990 while studying building technologies in Europe, most systems where not designed for the New Zealand stringent building codes and were 25 to 30 years old, and failed to meet modern building and architectural design requirements. It was decided rather than trying to modify existing systems, a new development approach was to design a new product, that would meet earthquake, cyclone and advance insulation codes while improve the overall design.
This ICF system went on to win the NZIOB James Hardie Awards for the Excellence in the building Professions 1998.
The Fino Casementi was the first multistory apartment to be completed in the southern hemisphere. It implemented the ICF system designed by Philip Blair. The building was especially designed and engineered to meet New Zealand’s stringent earthquake codes. The building was tested during the devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch on February 22, 2011. It is now the only building standing, left structurally sound in the red zone of Christchurch’s Kilmore street.
There is no better building system for use in residential or commercial development for structural strength. Nothing is stronger than solid reinforced concrete and polystyrene formwork provides ultimate insulation and durability.
Based in Australia working in the construction industry, studying local building technology and the impact of the extreme weather conditions through out Australia. “Identifying” the need to have updated building technology, required to meet Improved-building standards. Prospective homebuilders want alternatives to conventional building products.
Now available, the most advanced “technical” ICF system available in Australasia, with more advantages than previous systems while providing greater structural integrity, energy efficient, time saving, cost effective, fire and acoustic rating.