HercuWall® is a single product that combines many operations: composite concrete and steel structure, superior insulation, water and vapor barrier, window and door casings and sills, and attachment points for drywall and exterior finishes.
HercuWall® incorporates patented ShearStrip® Technology that is a disruptive innovation facilitating concrete construction without conventional steel rebar reinforcing. This advancement is the “secret sauce” that gives HercuWall® its unique advantage in the marketplace.
HercuWall® consists of a kit of panels manufactured on computer controlled equipment to exactly match the architectural plans for each individual project. HercuWall® is delivered to the job site as a kit of panels that when set in place exactly match the plans for the building. The kit contains corner panels, wall panels, and window and door panels. Installed by framers or block masons, the system is easy to learn and requires no special trades skills as no job site modification of the panels is required.
HercuWall® competes with wood frame and concrete block construction providing a faster build cycle, a stronger, more energy efficient, bug proof, water proof, mold proof, quieter home or building. Highly durable and virtually maintenance free.
HercuWall® window and door openings more precise than site built construction. Each opening is cased out with a extruded XPVC material that looks and feels like wood but is impervious to water and weather, will never rot, and is maintenance free. The XPVC casings can be painted and exposed or wrapped with stucco or siding on the exterior and drywall on the interior. A sloped window sill from the same materials finishes the opening.
Benefits of HercuWall® Construction
HercuWall® construction provides owners a strong, safe, quiet, and comfortable, dust, mold and termite free environment that reduces energy costs by 40% to 60% when combined with proper attic insulation, energy efficient windows and doors, and properly sized heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. HercuWall® is maintenance free and will deliver the same high performance from day one through generations. Experts predict that this type of construction will have higher resale value than conventionally built structures.
HercuWall® is a contractor’s “Green Alternative.” Builders and developers benefit with HercuWall® by providing a superior product in less time. Price competitive with block and wood framing HercuWall® is contractor friendly, highly scalable, easy and quick to install. HercuWall® adds value to LEED® certified projects.
HercuWall® construction benefits the environment by reducing demand on timber resources, by reducing emissions, and lower energy usage over the life of the structure. HercuWall® structures are built with recycleable materials and will last longer than wood or concrete based structures, greatly easing pressure on future landfills. HercuWall® affords these environmental benefits while at the same time providing owners with a safer structure, a healthier living environment and enhancing lifestyle.
HercuWall® is manufactured to specifically match the building plans for each individual project. All manufacturing takes place on computer controlled equipment yielding precision components that accurately match the specifications and callouts on the building plans. Panel components are manufactured at wall height. Design flexibility is non-restrictive; if a project can be built with concrete block or wood frame, it can be built with HercuWall® and with greater accuracy.
HercuWall® panels contain voids that are filled with concrete. These voids determine the shape of the concrete within the HercuWall® system which is analogous to a concrete stud wall. There are vertical concrete studs placed on regular 12” centers, a continuous concrete base, and a continuous concrete bond beam at the top of the wall. Each concrete stud attaches to a ShearStrip™ which are juxtaposed facing to the interior at one stud and the adjacent studs facing the exterior. This design ensures that fasteners are at standard 24” spacing on both interior and exterior surfaces. This configuration also mitigates thermal bridging. Stud spacing may be altered to accommodate placement of windows, doors, or corners but spacing is never wider than 12”. HercuWall® is available in "Series 6, Series 8 and Series 9. “R” value ratings are R-20, R-29 and R-33 respectively.
HercuWall® is a panelized wall system that can be installed without costly or special equipment. The learning curve is very short as no special trade skills are required. Framers and block layers can easily transition to become expert HercuWall® installers. All components can be handled by one or two workers; a 4' x 9' panel weighs less than 40 pounds.
All panels are precisely manufactured with no modification required to make HercuWall panels fit. No scrap is generated so there is no job site clutter. Only the wall and window bracing is removed from the job site to be reused.
HercuWall® construction is fast. The walls for a 2,400 square foot production house can be installed in 2.5 hours and concrete placed in two more hours with a crew of five. Window and door openings are precisely located according to the plans. Windows are installed in minutes not hours. Walls will be straight and plumb. Complexity of the plan may have some bearing on completion times but labor savings compared to other systems are dramatic.
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