BUILDS­MART

Aim for en­ergy ef­fi­ciency from the very start

The Covington News - - Showcase Of Homes -

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.

Metro Creative Ser­vices

Do it right: It’s never too early to start think­ing about en­ergy ef­fi­ciency with a home.

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