Innovative Canadian Wall Construction Used by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

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BEAUSEJOUR, MANITOBA – Speed is king for builders. Time is money. And, on the jobsite, saving time equates to saving big bucks for builders. However, no builder wants to sacrifice quality for speed — which is why foundation systems from Superior Walls have become so popular for home builders.

            “By using pre-cast concrete foundation systems from Superior Walls builders can save about 30 days on construction time,” says Jim Costello, president of Superior Walls. “The system is created at the Superior Walls facility and then installed by cranes in just one day. The fact that the precast concrete walls come pre-studded and insulated can save builders about 5 to 10 percent in costs over traditional block foundation. The result is a stronger, smarter foundation for the home.”

            The ultimate proof that “speed is king” came several years ago when the popular ABC-TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition chose Superior Walls as a sponsor for several seasons. In homes that had to be constructed from start-to-finish in just seven days, the time-saving aspects of Superior Walls foundations were a lifesaver.

             “The impressive Superior Walls products we used as the foundations for our homes perfectly fit with our goals for the show,” said David Bohler, director of construction for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. “In addition to being an exceptionally green, energy-efficient product, the speedy installation process for Superior Walls systems matched up with our time-crunch schedule for the show.”

Installation Advantages

            Superior Walls panels are manufactured in climate-controlled environments at Superior Walls by Magnis in Beausejour and by Superior Walls Alberta. The precast foundation walls are  then delivered to new home job sites on special carriers. Cranes are used to carefully lower the custom walls onto a bed of clean, crushed stone, where the panels are installed by specially trained, factory-certified crews.

            Fast installation (usually in less than one day) allows builders to begin construction on the home the same day. Superior Walls panels are custom made for each home complete with built-in openings for windows and doors, with access for wiring or small plumbing elements and with smart stud facings for easy drywall installation.

            Superior Walls products are resource efficient, using up to 70 percent less concrete in a new home than conventional foundations. The energy-efficient walls help lower energy costs and reduce energy leakage while providing increased living space in a comfortable setting.

            Superior Walls, innovator of the precast concrete foundation system, celebrates 35 years of operation in 2016. The company manufactures the only foundation to have earned the NGBS Green Certified Product designation and has precast concrete system licensee manufacturing operations throughout the United States and Canada.

            In 2012 the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) declared that Superior Walls precast concrete insulated wall panels were evaluated for use in Canada. Superior Walls Alberta, LTD (, located near Calgary, offers Superior Walls products throughout the province of Alberta. Superior Walls by Magnis, Inc. ( out of Beausejour, provides Superior Walls products throughout the Manitoba province. For the Silo, Kathy Ziprik.


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