Green Info

Superior Walls foundations feature a continuous layer of insulation bonded directly to the concrete, resulting in high energy efficiency to help you reduce energy costs.  Our wall design provides room to easily increase the amount of insulation without any need to install additional framing. New Homes built with the Superior Walls precast concrete foundation systems benefit from lasting increased building efficiencies that are superior in every way.

Our foundations feature a continuous layer of insulation bonded directly to the concrete, resulting in a tight thermal envelope to increase comfort and to reduce energy costs. We feature R-21.3 (US Markets) and R-23 (Canadian Markets) insulation in the Xi Plus wall system and R-12.5 insulation in the Xi wall system, while both systems provide room for additional insulation if desired.

Building with Superior Walls insulated precast concrete wall panels provides your home with an excellent thermal envelope, minimizing the potential for energy loss. The combination of built-in insulation and high strength concrete is a great foundation for energy conservation.

Built-in insulation helps lower energy loss through the basement walls. The R-21.3 (US Markets) or R-23 (Canadian Markets) insulation throughout the wall panels (Xi Plus wall system) minimizes thermal transfer. The pre-studded wall panels include extra cavity space that makes it easy to add additional insulation to maximize R-value up to R-42+.

Since the foundation wall panels are engineered and manufactured with insulated concrete studs, Superior Walls reduces the amount of materials used to build your new home, including wood and concrete, and reduces the carbon footprint of your new home’s construction process!

Superior Walls 5000 psi concrete, with a lower water-to-cement ratio, ensures durability and helps prevent the transfer of moisture through the wall. A dry basement will improve air quality by minimizing the possibility of mold that can be found in traditional basements.

Your Superior Walls foundation will be built in an indoor production facility, eliminating any on-site soil contamination from such as the form oil used for poured walls.  And because dampproofing is built into our walls (US Markets; see ESR-1662), no on-site sprays or bituminous coatings are required to make the walls dampproof.

Our efficient, factory controlled production process ensures that your Superior Walls foundation arrives at your home site ready to install, producing virtually no on-site waste, with the least environmental site impact of any foundation system!

Energy Star is an above code program that is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Often included as part of a green building program, Energy Star is used to rate the efficiency of a one or two-family house or town home.

Energy Star labeled homes are estimated by some to be about 15% more efficient than homes built according to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) or the International Residential Code (IRC) and they can be from 20 to 30% more energy efficient than standard homes. Homes built according to Energy Star guidelines must be verified by an independent Home Energy Rater to earn the Energy Star label.

Superior Walls can help you build an Energy Star qualified home. As a custom wall assembly, Superior Walls products contribute to the overall home insulation value and reduce air infiltration into the home, thereby making a huge impact on the overall energy efficiency rating of the home.

For more information on Energy Star products and programs, go to www.energystar.gov.

Superior Walls is a manufacturer of NGBS Green Certified products. Since February 12, 2013, Superior Walls Insulated Precast Concrete Wall products have been pre-qualified to earn specific green points as Green Certified Products by Home Innovation Research Labs (formerly the NAHB Research Center). The products can earn points in categories for resource efficiency, energy efficiency and indoor environmental air quality

This highly recognized certification program is offered by Home Innovation Research Labs. As shown in the table below, points can be awarded in several different categories called “practices” as outlined in the National Green Building Standard. The ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard was first published in January 29, 2009. You may purchase a copy of the latest version at www.iccsafe.org . The Standard encompasses all types of residential construction, and remodeling of and additions to existing residential buildings.

See http://www.homeinnovation.com/services/certification/green_certified_products for more information about product listing. Click on the image to the right for a copy of our certificate.

Click on the image above for information about how Superior Walls products can help you to obtain National Green Building Standard and LEED Credits.
Click on the image above for information about how Superior Walls products can help you to obtain National Green Building Standard and LEED Credits.

Design Professionals

If you’re using Superior Walls as the sensible foundation solution we’ve got documents already prepared for smart and savvy architects. Click below to access the Login page for the Design Professionals section of our website.