Is this an ICF (Foam Block System)?
NO! Endura is a concrete block (CMU—concrete masonry unit) with two layers of foam insulation inside the wall. With the concrete mass on the inside and outside of the wall, finish costs are lower, durability is much higher, and thermal performance is more constant.
If there is no mortar used, how does the wall stand up?
Any CMU wall depends on the compressive strength of the block or brick and the reinforcement grid of rebar and grout for structural performance. Mortar is a levelling and space-filling medium.
How can I hang pictures on the wall?
Pictures (or other wall hangings—such as cabinets) can be easily attached with masonry hangers (screws) or, in the case or pictures, adhesive hangers work extremely well and do not damage the wall. Plus, there is no need to locate and be dependent on studs. Items such as molding use liquid nail.
Isn’t Endura a lot more expensive?
NO! Endura can compete on initial costs with any structural and effectively insulated when compared to an installed wall that:
- Is framed—or otherwise constructed
- Has outside sheeting
- Vapour barriers inside and out
- Is insulated
- Has electrical installed—or at least conduit
- Is sheet rocked, taped, and mudded on the inside
- Has a brown coat on the exterior
How does Endura perform in and Earthquake?
Endura is a structurally engineered system that conforms to the highest seismic standards.
Where are the components manufactured?
The block is manufactured using Endura molds, at more than 30 locations in the United States. Endura produces the surface bonding and currently has the insulation custom run. Internationally, Endura works with a license holder in creating a production center.
Does a house look like a commercial building?
Homes built with Endura look the same as any home that you desire both on the inside and out. The same applies to any other building application.
Are there people who can install it properly?
Endura is extremely labor friendly. If a project is being built in a new area, EMSI will either make available a trainer or an installation crew with guaranteed price, schedule, and quality.
Is this a new product?
The product maybe new to a customer or an area but it has a 29 year history of use.
Why haven’t I heard of it?
As with many different building methodologies, you may not have heard of it, general advertising has never been an element of marketing it.