Lock in Energy Savings

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Do you ever run your home’s air conditioner, and then leave the doors and windows wide open? Of course not … energy costs money and no one likes to throw money away.

It’s the same with selecting a precast concrete system for your home. If you choose to go with poured in place concrete or concrete blocks, you may be throwing away your money in higher-than-necessary long term energy bills.

“Homeowners should be actively involved in the product decisions that go into their new home construction,” says Jim Costello, president of Superior Walls. “You can build value from the bottom up in your new home by using energy-efficient precast 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 and Xi Plus wall panels provide an exceptionally energy efficient foundation for a home.”

According to the publication ‘Native Power – A Handbook on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Native American Communities,’ an uninsulated basement can account for one-third of the total heat loss in a home. This study, funded in part by the Office of Energy Research, U.S. Department of Energy and the Office of Utility Technologies, illustrates the tremendous value homeowners can achieve by shunning unheated basements and crawlspaces in favor of installing energy-efficient foundation panels.

A separate “Residential Foundation Insulation” report issued 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 precast insulated 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.

Don’t open your windows (or your wallet) and throw money away … invest in insulated precast concrete wall systems from Superior Walls.

 

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