Aim for energy efficiency from the very start
Concrete is the preferred building material in construction these days, especially for homeowners with an eye on energy efficiency and the use of sustainable materials.
It is reported that the latest technology of the Nudura building system for example, provides double the insulation by constructing walls with pre- assembled, stay- in- place EPS concrete forms.
Along with the use of ceiling and floor technology it creates an entire building envelope.
This innovation — consisting of Lego- like blocks of reinforced concrete sandwiched between two layers of polystyrene — is said to make the job design- friendly, much faster.
This innovation is said to make the job design- friendly, much faster, creates less construction waste, and provides defence against mould that is so commonly a problem with traditional building methods.
Money is saved because of durability and energy efficiency — and the resulting structure is reported to be up to nine times stronger, provides far more fire protection, far more sound insulation, and can produce energy savings of up to 70 percent in both heating and cooling.
Here, from Nudura, a leading name in building technology, are the answers to the most frequently asked questions on this subject:
Question: Will the concrete walls help to eliminate drafts, cold spots and dampness in the home?
Answer: Research indicates that building with this type of reinforced concrete form will make your structure up to 9 times more resistant to the discomforts of thermal bridging in which outside cold travels easily through walls to create cold spots, drafts, and mustiness inside the home.
Question: Why is the method superior to wood stick framing?
Answer: In addition to producing a house that is stronger, better insulated, more sound resistant and fire resistant, far greater energy efficiency is achieved because concrete walls transfer heat at a much slower rate — and this newest technology creates an airtight building envelope. Combined with an advanced air filtration system, this construction method, known as Integrated Building Technology, delivers a significant advantage for cost saving and comfort.
Question: How is the indoor environment affected?
Answer: In addition to eliminating drafts, cold spots and dampness in the home, concrete walls, combined with ceiling and floor technology, create a building envelope that is airtight.
Unlike wood walls where moisture gets trapped and mould starts to form, the building envelope eliminates gaps where mould and mildew grow.
The Nudura method can be up to three times more sound resistant and by eliminating toxic mould growth allows your family to breathe not only fresh air, but clean air.
More information on this topic is available online at nudura. com or at ( 866) 468- 6299.
Do it right: It’s never too early to start thinking about energy efficiency with a home.