In today’s ever-shifting economic landscape, builders are faced with the challenge of crafting sustainable structures that not only stand the test of time but also offer financial prudence. The answer lies in innovative solutions that harmonize energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and time optimization. Enter Mono Slab® – a game-changing technology that empowers builders to not only create energy-efficient buildings but also navigate the complexities of an unstable economy with confidence. In this blog, we dive into how Mono Slab® paves the way for a new era of construction, where sustainability and financial resilience go hand in hand.
Using energy-efficient building practices is necessary before you design your next project. With an increasing focus on the environment, customers expect companies to proactively recognize their building’s environmental footprint. Not only can you show your support for the climate and environment by incorporating Mono Slab® EZ Form into your design, but you can do it all and save time, money, and manpower. Here are the top ways that Mono Slab® can help you build an energy-efficient foundation in Massachusetts
Slab foundations have proven to save homeowners money on their heating and cooling when compared to crawl space foundations. The soil provides more insulation than the empty space found in a crawl space. Heat lost through the building’s foundation puts more stress on the heating and air conditioning system to maintain the temperature. Traditional foundation techniques require the addition of insulation around the concrete for an energy-saving foundation. With Mono Slab® there is no need for additional insulation.
The Mono Slab® design combines forming and insulation into one step. The forms are made from recyclable material, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), the same materials as Geo foam, used in highway projects. The form’s unique construction and design provide an R-value of 3.6°F.ft², 4 times than is required by code. This allows it to be used for construction in areas where temperatures routinely drop below freezing with no added materials. If the structure is unheated, Mono Slab® easily makes it possible to add insulation under the slab.
Efficiency starts before the placement of forms and concrete. Mono Slab® saves you time and costs. By implementing EZ Form, you can go from excavation to framing in 3 days! There is no need to dig the footer down to the freeze line. By incorporating Mono Slab® EZ Form, the footer depth can be as little as 12 inches. The EZ Form can also be installed on rock beds so you won’t have to ask your customer to move the building site or remove the rock bed because it will interfere with the foundation. Less time digging means fewer man-hours, less fuel used, and less exhaust produced in the process.
On average, a crawl space costs more than two-and-a-half times the amount of a slab foundation with the increased labor and the significant increase in materials. Ensuring that the space is ventilated is time-consuming and may cost the owners more money down the road if not done properly.
With Mono Slab® there is no need for extensive bracing and minimal lumber is required. 2x8s are used to interlock the forms and 2 stakes are inserted in each form to hold them in place. By requiring less lumber, fewer man-hours, and overall materials, your overhead is reduced and you ease the burden on our natural resources.
The many energy-saving features listed here coupled with the environmental benefits make Mono Slab® EZ Form an ideal choice when designing your next residential or commercial build. Retailers are located across the United States and we can help you find one closest to you or you can choose to have the 8lb forms shipped directly to your job site. Browse our website for more information, to sign up for our newsletter, or to speak to one of our team. We are here to provide you with all the information you need to make Mono Slab® EZ Form a part of your standard practice.