BuildSMART's Unique Leverage Point in the System

The building design and construction process can be looked at as a interrelated, many layered system. For many good reasons it is a very conservative and risk-averse system that is reluctant to change. BuildSMART has applied itself to a leverage point in the system that protects liabilities and benefits all parties: Developers, Architects, Builders and Owners.

We have earned some gray hair and have used our considerable expertise as former Contractors, Architects and Owners to eliminate many of the risks that building projects typically face. Everyone benefits from BuildSMART's years of investment in innovation, material research, testing on real-world projects, the efficiency gains of computer-aided manufacturing and streamlined factory production. Outcomes are consistent and predictable. A 10-year warranty backs up our core commitment to top quality. In fact, we believe the quality control and tolerances that we insist on simply cannot be duplicated in conventional stick-built construction. 

Weather delays are minimized. Production of your project will keep moving forward in BuildSMART's factory; unaffected by spring storms or winter ice. That time in factory production translates to significant time saved in site erection.

With strong belief in an Integrated Design Process and early value engineering, BuildSMART systems have broken through the cost barrier and the age-old fight over the conflicting project goals of time, cost and quality. BuildSMART systems improve all three metrics; top quality is produced at an affordable cost in less time. 

No special skills are required. In fact, the pressure to find skilled construction labor is REDUCED with the use of any BuildSMART system. Architectural documentation is simplified. BuildSMART can provide Revit families ready for incorporation into the project model. Spec sections are ready to use. The Architect's design risks are reduced with fully vetted wall and fenestration details.

We are ready to consult with you in design and project planning with BuildSMART options that meet your project's specific financial and performance targets.

 

A Range of Systems to Meet Your Project Goals

J-Form Foundation Insulation System

Passive House Wall Panel System

  • Available for non-fire rated construction, Type V-A and Type III construction

ENERGY STAR Wall Panel System

  • Available for non-fire rated construction, Type V-A and Type III construction

CodeMaster Wall Panel System

  • Available for non-fire rated construction, Type V-A and Type III construction

 

A Wide Range of Customization is Available

BuildSMART can probably customize our systems to satisfy your specific design goals.

J-Form

  • Differing slab edge configurations can be accommodated
  • Under-slab insulation can be produced from X" to X" thick depending on energy efficiency requirements
  • Step-down insulation for barring wall grade beam or spread footings can be accommodated

Wall Panels

  • Wall panels can be produced with 2x4, 2x6 or 2x8 stud frames
  • Wall Panels can be produced from 8'-0" to 9'-6" tall
    • Extra tall and two story walls require site-built structural columns between wall panels
  • Wall Panels can be produced from 1'-0" to 9'-0" long
  • Prefabricated inside corners, outside corners and Z-corners can be produced

Windows and Doors

  • Windows and doors can be pre-installed and weather sealed in the factory
    • Passive House Panels come with very high quality, super-durable PHI certified windows and doors
    • ENERGY STAR and CodeMaster Wall Panels can be produced with windows specified
    • Panels can be produced without windows installed
  • Window and Door Openings
    • Maximum head height is dependent on head requirements as specified by the project Structural Engineer
    • Allow at least 4" from jamb to end of panel for the necessary framing
    • Allow at least 3 1/2" between window or door units for the necessary framing

Accessories in the System

Floor Bands

  • Roof Bands are produced to match the wall panels you have selected and the floor structure height you have specified

Roof Bands

  • Roof Bands at the eaves are produced to match the wall panels you have selected and the roof truss configuration you have specified

Nail Base at Roof Gables

  • Nail base panels are produced and pre-cut to match the wall panels you have selected for very fast dry-in for any roof configuration

Miscellaneous Accessories

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Wrapped and Loaded

Wall panels are wrapped in the factory and delivered to your site. Trucks are loaded in the order that you want them - matching your planned erection sequence to optimize time efficiency.

I often tell people that the Build SMART home can give people the performance of a Lamborghini with the affordability and mileage of a SMART car.
— Graham Borgdorff, owner of Above Board Carpentry, Ontario Canada
We plan on implementing the Build SMART panels in all our projects because of the cost savings – whether they’re Passive House projects or not. We expect the Build SMART system to shave about two months off our construction schedule.
— David Schleicher, President of Prairie Design Build, Kansas City Missouri
 
 

Simple to design

We’ve simplified the designer’s job by eliminating the need to specify every minute detail of a building's perimeter walls. The plug-and-play Build SMART components allow designers to create a high-performing building envelope with the confidence and assurance of both quality and price.

No more guesswork about assembly airtightness, thermal bridging or cost. Just tell us the R-value you want, and we’ll deliver a system that meets stringent Passive House standards and your client's budget. Moreover, Build SMART components don’t limit the architect’s design. Create a home or building to your preferred aesthetics – whether it’s traditional, transitional or modern. To get started designing your Build SMART project, download the component files in AutoCAD, Sketch Up or REVIT.   


EASY TO BUILD

High-performing, energy-efficient construction may sound great in theory, but often it calls for additional protocols and premium rates that would tack on time and cut into your profits. So why change the time-tested construction methods that have led to your success this far? Because times are changing, and Build SMART makes designing and building to high-performing Passive House standards easy.

Simple to order, affordable to build, easy to finish -- Build SMART components don’t require additional training or specialized trades. Use the same electrician and plumber you’ve already got on speed-dial. And get Passive House levels of energy usage for the same cost of conventional construction, with a faster build time. Imagine telling that to your customers.

We’ve got the numbers to prove it. Numerous buildings across the U.S. are successfully demonstrating how simple the Build SMART system is to implement, at a cost that is competitive with traditional site-built construction. 


AFFORDABLE TO OWN

Energy-efficiency is now possible for anyone who chooses to use Build SMART products.

Let our system stop the bleeding on utility bills. 

Did you know that since 2000, spending on utilities has increased by 56% while overall consumer spending has increased only 38%? Apply the money you save on energy bills to the equity in a high-performance, airtight home... and feel better about your carbon footprint.


CONSUMES 60%-70% LESS ENERGY

Energy-efficiency is now possible for anyone who chooses to use Build SMART products. Yes, YOU can afford a green home. Build SMART is breaking the status quo to bring energy-efficient homes within reach for every family in America, no matter your income level.

 

BETTER THAN SIPS

The Build SMART building envelope system was created to fix many of the common issues builders and tradesmen have with Structural Insulated Panel System (SIPs). Even though both SIPs panels and Build SMART wall panels are designed to save energy, a SIPs assembly differs from Build SMART in many important ways.

The rigid insulation of a perimeter SIPs panel is sandwiched between two structural facings. This makes it difficult for framers, plumbers, electricians and other trades to do their work in a timely manner. With SIPs panels, it's not uncommon for tradesmen to cut through one or both facings and into the insulation foam to accommodate interior wall connections, wiring or plumbing runs. Efforts to repair those holes to restore airtightness and thermal integrity often fall short.

With the Build SMART system, the interior framing looks exactly like a traditional, stick-built structure before batt insulation is installed. By placing continuous rigid insulation outboard of the structural wall, the potential for thermal breaks is eliminated. This also takes any guesswork out of installing utilities, interior partitions and finishes. Energy efficiency made simple.


HIGHER PERFORMANCE

Every seam or hole in the perimeter wall of a conventionally built structure means an unintended loss of conditioned air. In the summer, cooled interior air leaks out and hot, moist air leaks in. In the winter, heated air escapes and cold, dry air comes in.

Build SMART's building envelope system greatly reduces those seams and holes, saving the owner significant energy costs. Build SMART components perform to the Passive House standard of <0.6 air changes per hour, and meet the Passive House thermal bridging and insulation requirements.

All of the Build SMART components are prefabricated of high-quality materials constructed in a weather-protected environment. This ensures that a Build SMART structure won't suffer compromised performance or premature decay caused by exposure to adverse weather conditions during conventional site-built construction.

Build SMART wall panels come with preinstalled, air-tightened windows and doors. This not only cuts out this part of the job for the builder, it also guarantees a level of airtight, thermal performance that’s difficult to achieve with traditional, field-installed windows and doors. Our PVC-framed, tilt-turn windows and doors are Passive House-certified.