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What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

Shaun B Published: Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m.Last updated: Dec. 1, 2019, 8:26 p.m.

I'm evaluating several wall construction methods like ICF, Double stud wall, and pre-built wall assemblies.  What can you tell me about your experience with pre-built assemblies like one called Buildsmart?

Although the company ships to Canada (from Kansas), are there similar Prefab companies in Ontario/Quebec?

Thanks

Shaun

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Shaun B Nov. 27, 2019, 6:43 a.m. Reply

Thanks Mike! Our home is in Uxbridge, ON.  Our objective is to build to net zero/passive house standards (not seeking certification though).  We plan on having solar panels and will be only on electricity, no natural gas or propane.  Our design calls for up to 16" thick walls,  slab on grade, triple glazed windows, and a traditional sloped roof (not flat).  I am actiing as the general contractor and we are living on site in an existing house that will be demolished once the new build is finished.  Regarding budget - we are looking for the best mix of performance, ease of installation, and cost.  We're considering ICF and pre-assembled wall panels.  I like that Buildsmart includes the option to order windows already installed.   That seems like another place where onsite installation could create an opportunity for air leakage.  Thanks again.