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Any experience with precast basement walls?

William Dempsey | Posted in Energy Efficiency and Durability on

We are planning to build a new home in southeastern Pennsylania. We are very concerned with paying close attention to energy efficiency and using energy efficient products, systems and techniques. One of the proposed contractors has suggested using precast concrete basement walls. His selling points are price, energy efficiency (R-22), built in waterproofing and expediency. He feels there is no comparison when you look at precast versus ICF walls for the basement. Does anyone have experience with these products. Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks,
William

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  1. R Miller | | #1

    They're decent. Don't rely on Superior Walls waterproofing , use your own over top of the exterior walls. Easy to add more r value to their walls.
    Drain tile must be perfect.

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    Martin Holladay | | #2

    William,
    In most cases, a basement foundation made of precast concrete panels will cost more than a foundation that is poured on site and insulated to comparable levels. However, if speed of construction matters to you, you may want to pay the upcharge.

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