Concrete upholds newest ‘building code’ demands

Posted: August 16, 2011 in General Information, Statistics, What's Happening Now!
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(NC)—Building codes are enforcing ‘energy efficiency’ in many parts of the world.
A legally enforced building code specifies the community’s acceptable level of safety, function, and comfort – and some jurisdictions have mandated a requirement of 35 to 40 percent improvement.

In Canada for example, provinces like Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Nova Scotia report to be steadily improving their ‘sustainable practises’ with advancements in insulation, air infiltration, and window daylighting. Of equal value, the construction industry is now producing materials and methods that are even more efficient than mandated. So if you’re building or renovating, be sure to follow the guidelines in your province’s building code.

A savvy homeowner today knows that eco-responsibility pays dividends, some of them pretty quickly and others cumulatively, year after year.

“Replacing wood, for example, has so many spin off benefits,” says Todd Blyth at Nudura, the manufacturers of an advanced version of the insulated concrete form (ICF). “By building a house with concrete instead of wood framing you could immediately benefit by lower energy bills. You’d get to live in a stronger, more comfortable home, build equity for resale value, and throughout your lifetime, make a significant contribution to the good health of the planet.”

Indeed, Canadians can be proud of our role in advancing eco-construction methods, like that with ICF technology. The Ontario-based, Nudura system is highly rated and because of its ability to deliver both energy efficiency and occupant comfort, this Nudura system for building concrete walls is in high demand across the United States and Canada.

“Builders receive workplace benefits too,” Blyth continued. “Built like Lego, the pre-assembled, interlocking blocks assure adherence to building code requirements; the ICFs require less shipping space and manpower than other methods; and the construction time is much faster than building with wood. Busy builders and eager homeowners benefit equally from this efficiency.”

How It Works

The forms are designed with monolithic concrete sandwiched between two continuous layers of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam.

“The foam material isolates the concrete and significantly reduces the flow of heat through the wall,” Blyth explained. “It stabilizes the internal temperature from day to night fluctuations and provides a largely self-regulating environment. This faster method of construction creates a solid concrete wall.

“As a result, you will need less energy for mechanical heating and cooling, delivering cost savings throughout the year. A home built with this concrete system stands to be stronger, provides greater safety, offers greater sound resistance – and would be far less prone to mould, cold spots and drafts. Insulated concrete forms (www.nudura.com) are an option, so be sure to discuss this method with your builder.

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