New lightweight system integrates structure and mechanical systems, improves R-value vs. concrete and cuts installation time from days to hours.
Poured-concrete foundation walls have been the industry standard for residential homes in the United States for more than 100 years. That may be about to change with the introduction of patented Epitome foundation walls from Composite Panel Systems (CPS, Eagle River, Wis., USA). The new composite foundation wall system is fabricated by Fiber-Tech Industries, Inc. (Cadillac, Mich., USA) using a fire-retardant Modar resin supplied by Ashland Performance Materials (Dublin and Columbus, Ohio, USA), a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. (Covington, Ky.). CPS launched the composite foundation solution during the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention and Expo in Chicago (June 26-28, 20140, where the composites industry had a significant presence at the Composites Pavilion.