Lock in Energy Savings
If you’re a homeowner, you look for your energy bill each month in the mail. And, maybe you cringe when you see the invoice.
However, those consumers fortunate enough to be considering a new home purchase have a way of potentially saving up to 50 percent of total heat loss in a home simply by constructing with the right foundation system.
“Homeowners should be actively involved in the product decisions that go into their new home construction,” says Jim Costello, president of Superior Walls®. “Consumers can build value from the bottom up in their new homes by using energy-efficient foundation systems.
“The steel-reinforced concrete panels created by Superior Walls are matched up in the manufacturing process with DOW® Styrofoam™ boards, which provide excellent rigid foam insulation. The resulting Xi™ wall panels provide an exceptionally energy efficient foundation for a home.”
A “Residential Foundation Insulation” report issued in 2000 by Kansas State University with support of the U.S. Department of Energy, suggests that the benefits of foundation insulation are often overlooked. According to the report, “heat loss from an uninsulated, conditioned basement may represent up to 50 percent of a home’s total heat loss in a tightly sealed, well-insulated home.”
At Superior Walls, Xi wall panels are constructed with a concrete face shell, backed by 2-1/2-inches of DOW extruded polystyrene insulation. In addition, the steel reinforced concrete walls create a permanent barrier against sidewall water penetration, making the home damp proof.
Each Superior Walls panel is custom made to the specifications of an individual home, including built-in openings for windows and doors. Pre-engineered access for wiring or small plumbing elements along with smart stud facing for easy drywall installation are included and help speed up the installation process. Foundation systems generally install in a day or less by certified installation crews, making it possible for builders to begin construction within 24 hours.