A new game-changing system, recently recognized for its energy-efficient composite approach to basement construction, soon could change how American builders construct foundations.
Epitome composite foundation walls from Composite Panel Systems (CPS) provide a highly insulated, fire-resistant alternative to poured-concrete foundation walls. The product was awarded the Composites and Advanced Materials Exposition’s Unsurpassed Innovation Award in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 14.
The high-performance wall system, which was introduced in June, combines integrated stud cavities for mechanicals, insulation, the top plate, and a vapor barrier in a single step. The technology is currently approved for use in Wisconsin and is expected to be compliant on a national level with International Building code and International Residential Code later this year, according to a press release from Ashland Performance Materials, a supplier of fire-retardant resins for the system.