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Glen Klassen

“When you get down to the facts and compare walls feature to feature, Arxx is clearly the number one ICF. We have a great product, a great system and great support.” Glen Klassen, Arxx Regional Manager – Manitoba, Saskatchewan, North Central USA

 

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Feature for feature, Arxx walls consistently
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Arxx Walls versus Conventional Wood Frame Walls
Feature Arxx Walls Insulated Wood Frame Walls
Fire Resistance UL/ULC listing 2-4 hour Fire Resistance Ratings. 30 minutes (according to the National Building Code of Canada).
Sound Resistance STC up to 50 or higher. STC of 32 (according to the National Building Code of Canada).
Energy Efficiency Thermal resistance of R-22. Can exceed the performance of a wood framed wall insulated up to R-50. Typical wood frame is R-19 or less.
Wind Resistance Wind resistance up to 150 mph. Meets Dade County Protocol PA 201-94 for hurricane storm damage. Typical wood frame construction does not meet same standards.
Building Steps Install framing, insulation, vapor barrier, air barrier, and strapping, all in one step. Requires multiple steps to assemble all the required layers.

 

Arxx Walls versus Conventional Poured Concrete Walls
Feature Arxx Walls Conventional Insulated Concrete Walls
Energy Efficiency
Thermal resistance of R22. Can exceed the performance of an R-50 wall. Typical poured wall is insulated with R-19 or less.
Building Steps Install framing, insulation, vapor barrier, air barrier, and strapping, all in one step. Must install formwork, pour concrete, then remove formwork, then install insulation, vapor barrier and strapping.
Cure Strength Concrete gets a slow, moist cure for maximum strength. The insulating value of Arxx protects the concrete from temperature fluctuations while it cures, so you can build year round. Must leave formwork up for an extended period to get same strength as an Arxx wall. If the forms are removed too early, strength is dramatically reduced. May not cure properly in extreme weather.

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