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High Performance Walls

Nexcem Construction Advantages

Builders not only choose Nexcem green buildng material because they are LEED building rated, but also because of the ease with which walls can be constructed. The Nexcem material is easily cut, nailed and screwed with simple carpenter tools. The ICF wall forms are light-weight and thermally insulating which allows easy winter construction without any additional heating.The unique free-draining Nexcem material allows the use of high-slump concrete in the field that makes for easier and faster concrete pouring that ensures a solid wall, without any compromise in strength.

Interior and exterior finishes are applied directly to the Nexcem material, eliminating subsequent steps in the construction process. Drywall can be attached anywhere on the Wall Form surface, while the open-textured nature of hardened Nexcem makes it an ideal substrate for plasters and stucco.

Nexcem Insulated Concrete Forms

  • Lightweight
  • Easily cut (like wood)
  • Allows for Winter Construction
  • Zero Voids
  • Zero Blowouts
  • Can attach screw to any point on surface
  • Easy to Finish

 

Please see below for more detailed information of using Nexcem for LEED green home building projects and other conventional applications.

Builders choose Nexcem because of the ease with which walls can be constructed. The Nexcem material is light-weight, easily cut, nailed and screwed with simple carpentry tools.

The unique free-draining Nexcem material allows the use of high-slump concrete in the field that makes for easier and faster concrete pouring that ensures a solid wall without any compromise in strength. Ideally, concrete with a slump between 7″ and 9″ is recommended for use in conjunction with Nexcem.

Also, With other ICF systems, air can only escape through the top of the form and when concrete is poured into these styrofoam forms, without vibration, there is a chance of getting air trapped, creating voids within the concrete structure. With Nexcem, since it is free-draining and permeable, air is also allowed to escape through the sides of the forms – hence no potential for voids or “honey-combing” within the concrete structure.

The Nexcem material is considerably stronger than other ICF materials. Even with high-slump concrete, Durisol Wall Forms never blow-out during concrete pouring (when following requirements in our technical guide).

Additional bracing is only required with Nexcem when the Wall Form units have been cut or altered on-site.

 

Interior and exterior finishes are applied directly to the Nexcem material, eliminating subsequent steps in the construction process. Drywall can be attached anywhere on the Wall Form surface, while the open-textured nature of the hardened Nexcem makes it an ideal substrate for plasters and stucco.

Exterior Stuccos typically will still require reinforcing (mesh or lath) to eliminated the potential for subsequent cracking of the finish at joint outlines.

Interior plasters typically do not require additional reinforcing.