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Why hydronic heating for poultry barns can be beneficial for your chickens!

Poultry barns are necessary to heat, especially for the development and weight gain of broiler chickens which are raised specifically for the food industry. The heat is adjusted according to how the chickens grow, and typically starts out warmer for newly hatched chickens and gradually decreases over a period of 5 weeks. Throughout this process until the chickens are ready to enter the market, the barn temperature needs to be maintained properly.

This is also important since a chicken’s appetite is associated to the temperature. Chickens tend not to eat if it is too cold or too hot, but with a consistent evenly distributed temperature, it stimulates their appetite and activity which is essential for their development.

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Over the last several years, the hydronic radiant heating industry has evolved by leaps and bounds. Innovation in hydronic installation systems have now helped increased job site efficiency, enabled faster turn around times and resulted in considerable savings in labour.

Evolution of Radiant Heating:

1. Evolution began based on the need for a vapor barrier, to enhance the efficiency of in-floor heatinge.g. Bubble wrap

     

Underlayment products however provided minimal thermal resistance and did not meet stringent building code requirements.

2. Flat Sheet Foam was then introduced to meet the required thermal resistance.

Although the insulation requirements were met, it still required a dedicated vapor barrier.

3. Laminated flat sheet products evolved that combined insulation with vapor barrier

Installation of hydronic radiant heating was still labor intensive as the PEX tubing has to be stapled or zip tied.

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As codes and standards change, it is of utmost importance to constantly find innovative ways to improve the quality and efficiency of homes and buildings. A building is no longer just a combination of forms, blocks and boards; it represents the efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and build responsibly and sustainably. That means providing home owners, architects, builders and contractors with the right building solutions to ensure green and energy efficient construction.  

Here we have a look at some of the innovative insulation solutions for your home, by Amvic Building System, from foundation wall systems to exterior wall insulation and hydronic radiant heating systems to enable you to build an energy efficient home that helps in reducing operational and maintenance costs.

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Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) soar in popularity as Construction goes Green!

In communities across Canada, people are recycling more, driving less, and conserving water. Millions of people are now passionate about the efficient use of natural resources — and that has affected every activity from transportation to construction.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates that buildings in developed countries account for more than 40 percent of overall energy consumption due to the production of building materials, the construction process, operation, and maintenance. Also, for the first time in history, more than half the world’s population lives in urban centers— and these centers are growing at a rapid rate. These two factors combined make it clear that sustainable construction is critical to the future of the planet.

A Net Zero home built with Amvic ICF. View the complete case study.

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Local Home Builder Maric Homes has taken their custom home design to the next level. With approximately 138 unique homes and over 30 home builders featured in the 2018 Manitoba Spring Parade of Homes, Maric Homes has enhanced the “Bonavista” home to include design considerations to provide comfort to the homeowner.

(“Bonavista” Photo courtesy of Maric Homes – Bonavista Development Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Owners Peri and Martin Maric chose to build this 3100sq.ft lake lot bungalow home using Amvic’s SilveRboard rigid foam insulation for the foundation and above grade walls. This construction method will give the homeowner a healthier, improved way of living.

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Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) are increasingly becoming the preferred choice of building solution for sustainable and energy efficient structures. While choosing an ICF block, whether it is for a residential or commercial application, it is important to evaluate several critical parameters to ensure high performance and lasting value of your building as not all ICFs are the same.

Here are the top 5 reasons to build with the new and improved Amvic ICF Plus 3.30 Block:

1. Higher R-value (R30) – Higher thermal resistance for added energy savings and improved thermal comfort for the occupants. With the Amvic’s ICF Plus 3.30 block you get more R-value for the dollar.

2. Stronger Block – The larger EPS side panels create more rigid walls that are able to stay more straight and plumb. In addition, it allows for 8 inch on center web spacing due to the increased strength of the panel.

3. Ease of Installation – The integrated drainage system eliminates water pooling in the bigger interlock creating a tight and secure connection. Web location marking are more distinguishable allowing for easier fastening.

4. Wider Bearing – The tapered top blocks offer a wider area for structural bearing giving more flexibility in design.

5. Compatibility – Due to the added ¾” of extra EPS thickness per panel, a standard electrical wall box can be used as opposed to a shallow box needed for standard form.

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