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High Performance + Zero Energy = Superior Building!

Thursday, 4 Aug 2016


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Building a new home is the largest single investment homeowners will make in their lifetime. Invest wisely by choosing the home experts recommend - a zero energy ready High Performance Home made with Superior Walls by Advanced Concrete.

 

High Performance Homes, LLC (“HPH”) is a US Department of Energy 2016 Housing Innovation Award Winner and the leading Mid-Atlantic builder of Zero Energy Ready Homes. Many homebuilders use a few energy-efficiency components in their builds; however, HPH has been recognized with industry-leading awards and achieved the highest certifications in the country by seamlessly integrating all of the best technologies under one roof.

Utilizing Superior Walls is a significant factor in helping builders like High Performance Homes achieve exceptional performance so that homeowners don’t have the dread of huge energy bills.

Coded for the future, HPH’s state-of-the-art technology package includes geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels/shingles, systems for vastly improved indoor air quality, and energy saving techniques such as those provided by Superior Walls by Advanced Concrete’s foundation system.

As buying a home is one of the largest investments of a lifetime, it’s critical to choose a home designed and constructed to last with exceptional quality standards for better living. That is why High Performance Homes utilizes the Zero Energy Ready Home whole house approach to building.

So what is a Zero Energy Ready Home? A Zero Energy Ready Home is the home of the future. It is a high performance home that is so energy efficient that a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption. It utilizes seven complete systems to ensure not only ultra-energy efficiency and savings but also advanced comfort, improved health, durability and overall superior value compared to conventionally built homes.

Superior Walls by Advance Concrete is a significant contributor to High Performance Homes’ industry-leading performance.

High Performance Homes is in the top one percent of builders in the country meeting the extraordinary levels of excellence in energy and performance specified in the US Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program requirements. High Performance Homes is also a Home Innovations NGBS Green Partner pledging to design and construct all of their homes to achieve the rigorous requirements of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS). High Performance Homes’ latest build has received NGBS Green Certification at the Emerald level. Less than three percent of the homes in the nation have achieved this level of performance.

Superior Walls by Advance Concrete is proud to partner with High Performance Homes.

Superior Walls is bringing High Performance Homes more energy saving building techniques from the foundation up with their Superior Walls’ Xi™ wall constructed with built-in 2.5 inches of Dow® STYROFOAM™ blue-board insulation. Everything about this wall is insulated, including corners, studs, and top bond beam, making a complete thermal envelope. Special engineering makes the wall thermally insulated and isolated from the exterior elements. It is monolithically poured (poured all at once) with high-strength concrete for solid structural integrity and reinforced with steel rebar and polypropylene fibers.

The Xi Wall’s concrete has a high strength, low-water, mix that requires no additional damp proofing and meets or exceeds energy conservation requirements from both the IECC and the IRC Codes.

Top Reasons High Performance Homes Uses Superior Walls

1. Reduces Energy Leakage - Superior Walls concrete wall panels minimize the potential for energy leakage. The combination of pre-engineered built-in insulation and high-strength concrete makes a great foundation for energy conservation.

2. Lowers Energy Cost - Built-in insulation lowers energy loss through the basement walls. The R-12.5 insulation throughout the wall panels minimizes thermal transfer.

3. Saves Valuable Natural Resources - The foundation panels are engineered and manufactured with insulated concrete studs, thus reducing the amount of lumber, stone, sand and concrete in your new home.

4. Pre-Engineered for Energy and Strength - Superior Walls 5000+ psi concrete, engineered with a lower water-to-cement ratio, ensures durability and helps prevent the transfer of moisture through the wall. A dry basement will limit the possibility of mold and other airborne fungi found in other basements, which can affect your air quality.

5. Reduces On-Site Soil Contamination - Superior Walls begin in an indoor production facility; therefore, no form oil is used at the job site. Because damp proofing is built-in (ESR-1662), there is no need to use an on-site bituminous coating.

6. Reduces Jobsite Waste - With the reduction of installation time, there is less environmental impact and less job site waste than a home using other foundations.

In summary, if you are looking to build a beautiful, state of the art, high-performance home that conserves energy and money during construction and throughout the life of your home, a home built by High Performance Homes built with a Superior Walls foundation is the winning choice to achieving the home of your dreams.

Superior Walls by Advanced Concrete sets Foundation Number 25,000

Tuesday, 6 May 2014
 

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MIDDLEBURG, PA - Advanced Concrete Systems, Inc. reached a milestone in their business, setting foundation number 25,000 on April 29th, 2014 in Klingerstown, PA.  Since 1985, Superior Walls of America, Ltd. licensees and franchisees have manufactured and installed over 100,000 Superior Walls precast concrete foundation systems.


The 25,000th foundation was set for Randy Phillips Construction of Herndon, PA, who will be building a 2500 sq. ft. home.  Randy says he uses Superior Walls for the ease of having the foundation complete in a matter of hours, giving him a quick start on the building process. The custom-made foundation uses 9-foot XI walls, which have R-12.5 insulation built into the wall cavity. The walls include precast openings for windows and doors while stud facings eliminate the need for additional wood framing prior to interior finishing. Using fewer materials helps reduce the carbon footprint of the new home's construction process. Certified installation crews set the walls in place in less than one day, so that home construction can immediately begin the following day.

 

For homeowners, the benefits of Superior Walls foundations systems are substantial. The energy-efficient walls help lower energy costs and reduce energy leakage while providing increased living space in a comfortable setting.


Advanced Concrete Systems, Inc. is located in Middleburg, PA and employs approximately 100 people in Snyder County.  They service Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia.

 

 

Housing Recovery STARTS in the Basement
Superior Walls of America Sees 20% Growth Over Last Year

Wednesday, 18 June 2013
 

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NEW HOLLAND, PA - According to leadership at Superior Walls of America, the housing market recovery is in the basement --- literally. The leading manufacturer of precast concrete foundation systems has seen a 20 percent increase in year-to-date sales for 2013 over the same January through May timeframe in 2012. 
“Our business definitely began increasing once new construction started back on a positive track,” says Jim Costello, president of Superior Walls. “Just for the month of May this year we hit sales numbers that we have not seen for any month since October of 2008. That’s a great indicator that we’re in for a solid, growth-oriented 2013.” 
Younger Home Buyers Desire Basements
The precast concrete panels manufactured at Superior Walls facilities across the country are the foundation system of choice for both energy-conscious homeowners and construction-savvy builders. According to the 2012 National Association of Home Builders™ (NAHB®) “What Home Buyers Really Want” study, basements are considered especially desirable in homes by younger home buyers and those living in colder climates. 
“The study findings show that 76 percent of Gen Y respondents and 74 percent of Gen X respondents would prefer a basement in their homes,” says Costello. “Younger home buyers, who are investing in new construction homes, are looking for added living space and easily-accessible storage areas in the homes they purchase.” 
Energy-Efficient Basements on the “Must Have” List
The same study showed that energy efficient features of products are extremely important to home buyers in all age ranges and in all geographic locations. This does not surprise Costello, whose company has seen steady growth of sales over the years thanks to the energy efficiency qualities of their precast concrete basement foundation systems. 
“Superior Walls can help create an ENERGY STAR® qualified home. As a custom wall assembly, Superior Walls contribute to the overall home insulation value and reduce air infiltration into the home, thereby making a huge impact on the overall energy efficient rating of the house. 
“When homeowners select a Superior Walls basement system, they’re adding comfortable, energy efficient living space to their home. Choosing a precast Xi™ or Xi Plus™ concrete foundation can help save on the total heat loss in a home. That’s a ‘bottom up’ consideration that has long-term financial benefits for a home buyer.” 
Xi precast concrete panels by Superior Walls are steel-reinforced and created in the manufacturing process with DOW® insulation boards, which provide excellent rigid foam insulation. The resulting wall panels provide a dry, warm and exceptionally energy-efficient foundation for a home. 
Superior Walls insulated precast concrete wall systems have earned the Green Approved Product designation by the NAHB Research Center. For homeowners, the benefits of Superior Walls foundations systems are substantial. The energy-efficient walls help lower energy costs and reduce energy leakage while providing increased living space in a comfortable setting. 
For more information visit www.superiorwalls.com.  

 

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Thursday, 6 June 2013


Superior Walls of America, Ltd. is the first and only foundation manufacturer whose products are approved to contribute points toward certification of a building under the National Green Building Standard. By using Superior Walls, builders can earn 13 total points toward the NAHB Research Center National Green Building Certification.

Research indicates that an uninsulated basement can accountfor up to 33 percent of the total heat loss in a home. In today’s environmentally conscious world, it’s reassuring to know that home builders have a green alternative to the standard block and mortar basement wall foundation.

An important part of green and sustainable construction is to minimize disturbance to the site and the environment. This includes minimizing the amount of construction waste produced as well as respecting the land around the building site. Prefabricated products such as Superior Walls make great sense in building green.They are manufactured offsite under strict quality assurance guidelines. Superior Walls XI wall uses built-in 2.5 inches of Dow Styrofoam blue-board insulation. (Additional cavity insulation may be siteinstalled to maximize insulation up to a value of R-50+). Everything about this wall is insulated, including corners, studs and top bond beam, making a complete thermal envelope. Special engineering makes the wall thermally insulated and isolated from the exterior elements. It is poured all at once with highstrength concrete for solid structural integrity and reinforced with steel rebar and polypropylene fibers.


Reduces Energy Leakage. Superior Walls concrete wall panels minimize the potential for energy leakage. The combination of preengineered built-in insulation and high strength concrete makes a great foundation for energy conservation.

Lowers Energy Cost. Built-in insulation lowers energy loss through the basement walls. The R-12.5 insulation throughout the wall panels minimizes thermal transfer.
Saves Valuable Natural Resources.The foundation panels are engineered and manufactured with insulated concrete studs, thus
reducing the amount of lumber, stone, sand and concrete in a new home.
Pre-Engineered for Energy and Strength.
Superior Walls 5000 psi concrete, engineered with a lower water-to-cement ratio, ensures durability and helps prevent the transfer of moisture through the wall. A dry basement
limits the possibility of mold and other airborne fungi found in other basements, which can affect your air quality.
Reduces On-Site Soil Contamination.
Superior Walls are built in an indoor production facility; therefore no form oil is used at the job site. Because damp proofing is built-in (ESR-1662),there is no need to use on-site bituminous coatings.
Call 800-521-3788 or visit www.YourBasement.com

Basements Most Popular in Colder Climates and With Younger Home Buyers

Thursday, 21 March 2013
 

NEW HOLLAND, PA - According to the 2012 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB®) “What Home Buyers Really Want” study, basements are considered especially desirable in homes by younger home buyers and those living in colder climates.

“The study findings show that 76 percent of Gen Y respondents and 74 percent of Gen X respondents would prefer a basement in their homes,” says Jim Costello, president of Superior Walls of America. “Once you get to Baby Boomers category that preference drops to 63 percent --- and then down even lower to 54 percent with Seniors.

“I believe we can surmise from these results that younger home buyers are looking for added living space and easily-accessible storage areas in the homes they purchase, whereas older home buyers may be ready to ‘trim back’ on their living space and also prefer one-level dwellings.”

Energy Efficient Basements

Costello points out that the geographic areas where respondents most prefer a full or partial basement in their homes coincides with where Superior Walls precast concrete foundation systems have seen the most sales increase in recent years: the areas of New England, East North Central and Middle Atlantic. “The study shows that more than 80 percent of respondents in these cold climate areas prefer to have a basement, as opposed to areas of the Pacific and West South Central areas where less than 50 percent of respondents stated a preference for basements.”

The same study showed that energy efficient features of products are extremely important to home buyers in all age ranges and in all geographic locations. This does not surprise Costello, whose company has seen steady growth of sales over the years thanks to the energy efficiency qualities of their precast concrete basement foundation systems.

“When homeowners select a Superior Walls basement system, they’re adding comfortable, energy efficient living space to their home,” says Costello. “Choosing a precast Xi™ or Xi Plus™ concrete foundation can help save on the total heat loss in a home. That’s a ‘bottom up’ consideration that has long-term financial benefits for a home buyer.”

Xi precast concrete panels by Superior Walls are steel-reinforced and created in the manufacturing process with DOW® Styrofoam™ boards, which provide excellent rigid foam insulation. The resulting wall panels provide a dry, warm and exceptionally energy-efficient foundation for a home.

Another survey finding illustrates the growing importance of energy efficiency with home buyers, 89 percent of respondents said they would prefer “a highly energy efficient home with lower utility bills over the life of the home” versus just 11 percent who said they would choose a home without energy efficiency features that costs two to three percent less. This preference toward low utility costs reflects a realistic look at the rising costs of energy and home buyer’s desires to address this issue at the initial time of purchasing a home.

Superior Walls insulated precast concrete wall systems have earned the Green Approved Product designation by the NAHB Research Center. For homeowners, the benefits of Superior Walls foundations systems are substantial. The energy-efficient walls help lower energy costs and reduce energy leakage while providing increased living space in a comfortable setting.

For more information visit www.superiorwalls.com