Re­spon­si­ble construction lim­its the use of re­sources

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Build­ing a dream home pro­duces an end­less list of pri­or­i­ties. Fea­tures that ac­cen­tu­ate beauty, com­fort, and prac­ti­cal­ity are of ut­most im­por­tance to res­i­dents — and now, so is con­ser­va­tion, and the use of sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als.

“En­ergy ef­fi­ciency with win­dows, doors, and in­su­la­tion, is high on the pri­or­ity list,” says Todd Blyth at Nudura Cor­po­ra­tion, a lead­ing name in build­ing sys­tems. “But un­like a decade ago, peo­ple are also ask­ing for their custom projects to be achieved with far less im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. With this de­mand on the rise, build­ing tech­nol­ogy has made rapid ad­vances — and the most im­por­tant one is the use of con­crete, not wood.”

For walls, ceil­ings, and floors, for ex­am­ple, the Nudura sys­tem con­sists of stay-in­place con­crete units, which de­liver far su­pe­rior ben­e­fits than tra­di­tional foun­da­tions with wood. Th­ese interlocking blocks of vary­ing sizes, al­low more free­dom in beauty and de­sign — and it’s a method that cuts construction time in half, while pro­duc­ing far less waste. Builders are now opt­ing for the pre-as­sem­bled units (of re­in­forced con­crete sand­wiched be­tween two lay­ers of ex­panded poly­styrene foam in­su­la­tion) to con­struct bet­ter homes, schools, hos­pi­tals, con­do­mini­ums, ho­tels, offices and other pub­lic build­ings.

“For peo­ple with al­ler­gies or res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tions, it’s good to know that the walls of your home are not go­ing to make it worse,” Blyth con­tin­ued. “Imag­ine find­ing out that your breath­ing prob­lems stem from the wood in your walls.”

Ac­cord­ing to Blyth, the Lego-like units make build­ing less labour in­ten­sive.

“Construction teams far pre­fer the method, and the ben­e­fits are even more sig­nif­i­cant for the home­owner. Nudura units can be or­dered in a va­ri­ety of sizes and shapes so that your walls and ceil­ings can be built to any de­sign.”

As im­por­tantly, walls pro­vide an con­crete ex­cel­lent sound bar­rier and are re­sis­tant to ther­mal bridg­ing, where out­side cold trav­els eas­ily through walls to cre­ate un­com­fort­able cold spots, drafts, and musti­ness. It is also re­ported that con­crete walls like th­ese are up to nine times stronger, far more fire re­sis­tant, sound re­sis­tant, and will re­duce en­ergy costs up to 70 per­cent. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­line at

Metro Creative Con­nec­tion

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