Typical Concrete & Masonry Foundation problems?

  • Clammy Basement & Living Areas?
  • Moistness, Dampness?
  • Obnoxious Odors?
  • Cold in the Winter?
  • Foundations Cracking?
  • Water Leaking into the Basement?
  • Mold, Mildew?
  • Foul Air
  • Warm in the Summer?
  • High Heating & Cooling Bills?

GREEN-R-PANEL Building Systems
NO-CRETE™ PermaFrame Panel Foundation Systems

The Smart Way to Build – A Basement or Crawl-Space!

An innovative convergence of 2 established building technologies:

  • Pre-Engineered Prefabricated Panel Wall Systems
  • Pressure-Treated Wood Foundations (PWF)

Introduction

NO-CRETE™ PWF Panel Foundation SystemThe NO-CRETE™ PWF Panel Foundation System is ideal for Home Builders, Renovators, & Do-It-Yourselfers.

Compared to poured-in-place concrete, concrete block or other conventional foundations, NO-CRETE™ offers many Benefits and Advantages. You can save 30 to 50% off the cost of a comparable traditional foundation!

The NO-CRETE™ PWF Panel Foundation System is a super strong, pre-engineered foundation system using pre-built panels made from state-of-the-art pressure-treated wood products with a lifespan of well over 100 years.

Basements & Crawl-Spaces WITH NO CONCRETE – Pressure-Treated Wood Foundations

Pressure-Treated Wood Foundation Systems have been around for many years. Also known as Permanent Wood Foundations, they were developed to eliminate many of the problems and limitations of traditional concrete masonry foundations.

  • The weight and rigidity of concrete is its own worst enemy. Wood has the highest strength to weight ratio and flexibility of any building material.
  • Cracked Walls = Breached Waterproofing Membrane = Flooded Basements.
  • Concrete is porous and can transfer moisture, promoting mould and mildew growth. Pressure-Treated Wood will not absorb and retain large quantities of water
  • Concrete and Masonry Walls require hard-to-get trades and equipment for forming and building. Many people have carpentry skills and wood is a forgiving building material.

PWF Foundations are approved under the National Building Code of Canada. An engineered structural system that has become a fully developed technology, gaining in popularity year after year. Environmentally friendly and extremely cost effective, Pressure-Treated Wood Foundation systems have been used in over 300,000 housing projects to date all over North America.
GREEN-R-PANEL’S NO-CRETE ™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System now offers the many benefits and advantages of Pre-Engineered Pre-Built Panels to bring you Instant Basement and Crawl-Space Walls WITH NO CONCRETE!

NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System – A Giant Leap Forward in the Technology of Pressure-Treated Wood Foundations Saves You 30 – 50% off the Cost of Concrete Walls!

Whether the building calls for a full-height basement or a crawlspace foundation, the NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System is the perfect solution. Available in standard 4’6” crawl-space, and 8’ & 9’ basement heights. In addition, custom heights are also available.

We start with the highest quality Pressure-Treated lumber with a 75 year manufacturer’s warranty. Standard NO-CRETE™ below grade structural panels are manufactured from 2×8@16” on centre PT studs with bottom plates and double top plates, all bonded to a sheet of 5/8” PT exterior plywood.

Structurally A NO-CRETE ™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System is just like any other foundation system:

  • It supports the structure above
  • Encloses basement interior space
  • Strong enough to support the side pressure of the backfill
  • Vertical substrate for waterproofing membrane
  • Vertical substrate for waterproofing membrane

NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation Systems are suitable for all types of light frame construction, including 1 & 2 storey single-family detached houses, townhouses, low rise apartments, and institutional & commercial buildings. A NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System is a strong, long-lasting and superior solution for your building foundation that has a number of unique advantages over other foundation systems both for the builder and the homeowner.

  • Energy saving
  • Year round comfort
  • Easier to finish
  • Fast & easy installation in any weather
  • Adaptable to any style of exterior finish
  • Precision Pre-Built Components
  • Environmentally Responsible
  • Accepted under the National Building Code of Canada

PWF homeownersThousands of PWF homeowners across North America are delighted with the dryness, comfort and liveability of their homes, as well as with the significant long-term energy savings. Now NO-CRETE™ offers you a PERMAFRAME system with all the features and benefits inherent in pre-engineered pre-fabricated panel systems to shorten installation time and simplify construction, significantly reducing labour costs.

Certified CANPLY Pressure-Treated Plywood

All plywood and lumber used in each NO-CRETE ™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System is Pressure-Treated with preservatives in accordance with CSA – O80.15-M89. The stamps shown below certify each NO-CRETE ™ PERMAFRAME Panel is manufactured with Pressure-Treated plywood and lumber, suitable for use in permanent wood foundations.

Certified CANPLY Pressure-Treated Plywood

NO-CRETE™ PermaFrame Features and Benefits:

Easy to Build & Cost Effective – Ideal for Small Builders & Do-It-Yourselfers

  • Super-Low total installed cost of a NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System is 30 – 50% less than concrete! SAVE $10,000 / $20,000 / $30,000 or more on your Foundation!
  • Owner / Builders can install the NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System themselves to save even more.
  • Fast & Simple – Many basements are installed in 1 day! Common carpentry skills are used to connect panel to panel. Reinforced corner panels and pre-headered panels for windows simplify installation.
  • Instant Foundation Walls with NO CONCRETE! No more curing time. No more booking Ready-Mix and pumper trucks. Reduce the ever increasing costs for concrete materials and labour, formwork, placing and finishing.

Prefabrication Saves Time and Money – NO-CRETE™ PermaFrame Quickly Installed 12 Months a Year

  • Why pay skilled tradesman to build from scratch? Our skilled factory personnel can prefabricate your foundation in pre-built panels, at a fraction of the jobsite fabrication cost and time.
  • Square and Straight: NO-CRETE(TM) PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System wall panels are precision manufactured to rigid specifications indoors under controlled conditions using AUTOCAD linked automated production machinery.
  • No time is lost on very cold or rainy days: One of the pluses is that besides being strong, easy and fast to build, the NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System can be erected in almost any weather conditions.

Guaranteed Approval – Each Project Custom Designed & Engineered

  • Your NO-CRETE™ PermaFrame Panel System is individually engineered by Gary Gibson, P.Eng. He is the author of the Pressure-Treated Wood foundation specifications in the National Building Code of Canada, with over 30 years experience designing and building PTW foundation systems throughout North America.
  • NO-CRETE(TM) PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation Systems are accepted by all major building codes, financial institutions, mortgage corporations, warranty programs and fire insurance companies.

Structurally Strong – Overdesigned Panels 2×8 @ 16” on Centre Framing Bonded to 5/8” Plywood

  • The NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System is a pre-engineered foundation construction system designed to absorb and distribute backfill earth, wind, seismic loads and stresses that commonly crack and split conventional concrete and masonry foundations.
  • Each prefabricated NO-CRETE™ panel in your foundation is designed using AUTOCAD and manufactured to more rigid specifications than can be achieved framing on-site.
  • In addition, NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation Systems are very resistant to damage from cold weather. The unique ability of a wood structure to ‘give’ reduces cracking due to minor soil settlements and frost heaving, eliminating stress on the waterproofing membrane.

Many Applications

  • The NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System can be used as the foundation system for a wide variety of building types and configurations for both level and sloping sites.
  • The design flexibility of wood means the NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System allows for single level or multi-level dwellings, and accommodates homes and apartment foundations of virtually any exterior shape or complexity.
  • Schools, offices or other commercial and non-residential buildings can also be built readily on NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation Systems.
  • The NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME system can be adapted to a variety of soil conditions, including low-bearing capacity soils or situations involving high water tables.
  • NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME utilizes traditional wood-stud framing that virtually everyone is familiar with. Your foundation can be expanded or altered with relatively little difficulty, which lends itself readily to major renovations and additions.

Long Lifespan – Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty

  • We use only wood structurally approved and tagged for below-grade foundation use, with a 75 year Warranty Certificate from the Pressure-Treated Wood manufacturer.
  • With a Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty, the NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System can be used with confidence.
  • It will last well over 100 years! Durability of Pressure-Treated wood has been scientifically tested and confirmed over the long-term by in-ground tests conducted over the past 50 years by various testing labs and government agencies.

Resistant to Insect & Rodent Attack

  • The pressure treating process permanently locks the preservative chemicals into the cellular structure of the wood used in each NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel.
  • The chemicals actually bond with the cellulose of the wood, a process known as ‘fixation’, effectively eliminating the food source upon which wood destroying organisms thrive. Because it’s resistant to attack by termites, carpenter ants and rodents, the NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System gives you peace of mind.

Environmentally Friendly – Green Technology At Its Best

  • Energy used to produce treated wood products is far less than the energy consumed in the production of masonry products. Therefore, wood products used in the construction and installation of NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation Systems are truly energy efficient.
  • With advanced environmentally friendly coating, Pressure-Treated wood is certified to produce little or no out-gassing into the surrounding atmosphere with little or no leaching into surrounding soils.
  • The NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation Systems is made with wood – a renewable resource that doesn’t deplete the world’s non-renewable resources.

Easy to Finish

  • Wall studding is already in place. There is no need to install a second basement wall around the interior of the foundation walls, as there is with conventional masonry foundations.
  • Easy and Economical to add plumbing, electrical, insulation and drywall. Wall cavities offer easy access.
  • More Living Space – As no secondary interior wall is needed, NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation Systems provide more living space in basements than in houses constructed over masonry foundations. The basement in an average sized house will have about an extra 100 square feet of living space that would otherwise not be available.

Highest Mildew & Mould Protection= Superior Waterproofing = A Dry Comfortable Basement

  • Concrete absorbs and can retain large amounts of water through pores created during the drying and curing process. Moisture entering the concrete from damp exterior soil migrates through the wall to make your basement damp.
  • NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panels are virtually non-porous and simply cannot retain or transfer water.
  • Commercial-grade, highly effective, easy to apply peel and stick waterproofing membrane included with your NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System ensures that water and moisture are positively controlled and drained away from your home.
  • All of the above means a drier basement with greatly reduced mould and mildew growth potential. There is a noticeable lack of the traditional “basement odor” in a NO-CRETE™ structure.
  • Your NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System will give you a comfortable, inviting basement living environment that is warm, dry and odor-free.
  • Basements built using the NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Due to the increased levels of insulation and the removal of the thermal mass effect of the concrete walls, basement living areas feel more evenly heated.
  • Basements built using the NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Due to the increased levels of insulation and the removal of the thermal mass effect of the concrete walls, basement living areas feel more evenly heated.

Ideal For Remote Locations

  • NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation Systems are perfect for building in remote locations, where the cost of many yards of Ready-Mix™ concrete, skilled concrete placement tradesman and transportation charges to the site can be prohibitive.
  • For extremely isolated jobsites, NO-CRETE(TM) PERMAFRAME is approved for installation using no concrete whatsoever – for example a situation where concrete for footings is not available.

Energy Efficient – Heat Loss from Conventional Concrete Foundations is Approximately 30%

  • One of the greatest benefits of installing a NO-CRETE(TM) PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System is its ability to stop heat escaping through the foundation walls in the wintertime and heat entering the basement areas in the summertime.
  • The heat of a summer day warms the 20 or 30 thousand kilograms of concrete under your house. This acts as a “heat sink”, trapping the warmth. This stored energy continues to warm your home after sunset, adding significantly to your air conditioning costs during peak evening hours when you are home. The process is reversed in the winter, which adds to heating costs.
  • The low thermal conductivity of the wood in NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panels effectively stops heat movement when combined with thick batts of fiberglass insulation you can install up to R-38 in the wall cavities.
  • The NO-CRETE(TM) PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System provides an increased level of energy efficiency that reduces heating & cooling bills month after month, year after year.
  • The increased insulating value of the NO-CRETE(TM) PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System walls is significant in achieving long-term energy savings and LEED certification for your home.
  • The foundation’s energy efficiency is further enhanced by allowing the choice of conventional or in-floor heating systems. NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panels help provide even comfort throughout your basement with none of the common drafts and dampness found in conventional basements.

More Sound Proof

  • NO-CRETE™ Panels are an effective sound barrier, effectively muffling outside noise. With the installation of R-38 insulation, homeowners find that their basement areas are quiet.

Higher Basement Ceilings Available

  • Many owner / builders today desire that their foundation walls be built 9 feet or higher. NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation Systems are available in standard 4’6” crawl-space, and 8’ & 9’ basement heights. In addition, custom heights are also available.
  • Building foundation walls higher with concrete masonry foundations is difficult and costly, but with a NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System it is easy and cost-effective.

Choice of Basement Floor Systems

  • Unlike other foundation systems, the NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Panel Foundation System offers owners a choice of a number of basement floor types.
  • A conventional slab floor can be placed and finished or one can elect to go with a NO-CRETE™ PERMAFRAME Sleeper Floor System. Many people like the idea of walking on a wood basement floor as it feels identical under-foot to what they are used to with the main floor system.

Ideally Suited For In-Floor Heating Systems

  • Many people today are becoming aware of the efficiency and comfort of having in-floor (hydronic) heating installed in their basement floors. The NO-CRETE(TM) PermaFrame Panel Foundation System is ideally suited for use with in-slab heating systems.