Responsible construction limits the use of resources
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 nudura.com.