There are various reasons why SMARTci Systems are a better option than traditional methods or continuous insulation (CI). Learn what they are and how they can benefit you as an architect or contractor, as well as your client.
The Holes in Other CI Systems
We’ve all been outside on a freezing cold day and zipped our jacket up just a little more, jammed our hands a bit further into our pockets, and tried to pull our arms closer to our body to stay warm. And it often works. But what if there were holes in your jacket? No matter how hard you tried, you could never get as warm as you wanted because the jacket was flawed.
Continuous insulation is like a jacket for our buildings, and most CI systems are full of holes. This is hugely detrimental to anyone trying to build an energy-efficient building.
Almost 40% of the energy in North America is used by buildings. And, sadly, much of that energy is being wasted.
Most buildings are constructed using steel and other metals to connect exterior building components such as cladding directly to the interior framing. This is where the “holes in the jacket” come from– that sort of construction causes thermal bridges. Because this creates a path of least resistance thermally, hot and cold energy escapes leaving the building vulnerable to moisture problems and cold spots.
These metal attachment systems also typically use thermal-short fasteners, which are common causes of cold spots and condensation, and are limited to being used on stud walls.
As you can see, even though there are solutions that claim to be “continuous insulation,” there are many weak spots in their design and implementation.
The answer is SMARTci.
How is SMARTci Truly Unique?
SMARTci is a continuous insulation system that is a jacket for your building that doesn’t have holes. It’s the best solution for making thermally efficient building envelopes like no other. Here’s what makes SMARTci unique, among all your other options.
The SMARTci 3 in 1 continuous insulation system was conceived and crafted to eliminate all the weaknesses of existing continuous insulation systems. It uses a unique insulated composite metal hybrid (CMH) sub-framing called GreenGirt. It also uses custom-profiled, foil-faced polyisocyanurate insulation panels (and FRP spines that connect the insulation panels for a complete 360-degree weather barrier). We designed our system so that GreenGirt aces as a sub-furring to house the continuous insulation while providing cladding attachment support.
When the required accessories are applied (including expanding foam sealant, caulk/tube sealant, and tape) the perfect air, weather, and vapor resistance barrier is formed.
SMARTci also reduces cost drastically by using open frame installation that’s simple, effective, and fully ASTM E84 and NFPA 285 compliant.
Let Us Show You the Difference
We can tell you how our continuous insulation is different all day, but instead, we’d love to show you the difference. So contact us to schedule an appointment with a SMARTci Specialist to see for yourself how we’re the industry leader in thermal-efficient building.
Let’s have a conversation about how SMARTci can save you money and time. Learn more today.
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