Today’s architects, specification professionals, and owners are typically looking for an insulated wall design that not only meets but exceeds the nation’s increasingly demanding code requirements. Enter the StoTherm® ci XPS continuous insulation system, which provides air, thermal and moisture control without the connection and compatibility challenges that characterize other systems, while also offering multiple design and finish options.
As the building industry adopts more stringent energy codes (Title 24, IBC, IECC, ASHRAE 90.1), the need for external insulated finish systems (EIFS) is increasing. The StoTherm ci system is highly energy efficient, minimizing heating and cooling costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The components prevent thermal bridging, thus lowering the risk of heat leakage and the attendant energy loss.
Other features that make the StoTherm ci XPS system a superior alternative to other systems include:
- Durability and impact resistance (77% higher density and 250% higher compressive resistance than EPS)
- Low Water Absorption (due to its closed cell structure)
- R-Value of R5/inch (the higher the R-value, the greater the resistance to heat flow)
The system is also installation friendly; one installer and a single skilled trade person can make quick work of it. The low allowable deflection value makes for lightweight construction, which reduces overall project cost and weight per square foot. These factors make for material and labor costs that are highly competitive, if not more economical than most other options.
A wide range of decorative and protective wall finishes (StoCreativ® Brick, granite, limestone) along with unlimited color choices make StoTherm ci XPS is one of the most versatile and innovative products on the market today.
Look for the second part in this series next week, which explores other advances in durable insulation products offered by industry leaders and several case studies that demonstrate their value add for building professionals and owners.