Composite Panel Systems LLC (Eagle River, WI, US) reports that its Epitome quality foundation walls have met the strict guidelines of an in-plant quality program and successfully completed the rigorous testing and building code requirements set by NTA Inc., accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS), a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC). The product certification mark grants Epitome quality foundation walls national code compliance for residential foundations.
The new composite foundation wall system employs high-performance composites technology developed by Composite Panel Systems (CPS), which enables residential homebuilders to deliver an improved product in a much shorter timeframe. With the help of their panel-systems fabricator, Fiber-Tech Industries Inc., and fire-retardant resin-systems supplier, Ashland Performance Materials (Columbus, OH, US). CPS has launched the clean, engineered solution to replace concrete foundation walls. This next-generation building product combines structure, continuous insulation, a double top plate, integrated stud cavities, waterproofing and a vapor barrier all in a single product.
“Receiving this code approval is a significant milestone in the short history of our young company” says Glenn Schiffmann, founder of CPS. “I’m extremely humbled and so very proud of all our employees and partners who made this happen.” “It’s really the culmination of a long term partnership we’ve managed to forge with our employees, with Ashland and with Fiber-Tech, all of whom contributed time, energy and resources ensuring a successful commercialization of the product,” Schiffmann adds.
Epitome quality foundation walls were designed with the builder and homeowner in mind. Installation is simple and relatively quick, with minimal training required for anyone skilled in the trade. They can be delivered to the job site altogether in one trip and typical installations take only a few hours. What’s more, they are being manufactured using a repeatable process under controlled conditions. Epitome quality foundation walls virtually eliminate workmanship issues that have become commonplace in the trade.
“Because there are so many benefits associated with our foundation walls for builders and homeowners alike, we believe this is the most exciting thing in residential building since the introduction of plywood,” says Schiffmann. “Composites offer incredible performance advantages over concrete, and having gained the trust of engineers in other major industries, such as aviation, marine, wind energy, and automotive to name a few, we knew we could develop a better performing system for basements using high-performance composite materials.”
Epitome quality foundation walls offer homeowners better energy efficiency with an inherent R-16.5 continuous insulation value, which will not settle, shrink or lose insulating value over time. They provide an anti-microbial surface that is mold and mildew resistant offering homeowners a healthier living environment as well as more usable and livable square footage in the basement. Moreover, they do not require covering with a thermal barrier such as drywall prior to occupancy. This allows homeowners flexibility to finish their lower level at their leisure and save money upfront.