NRG Insulated Block is a CICMU: Continuously Insulated Concrete Masonry Unit.
NRG is a winner of the NY State Governor's Award for Energy Excellence.
NRG is one of just thirteen organizations invited to exhibit our game-changing technology at the 2015 US Innovation Festival, held at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, in Washington, DC.
The US Patent and Trademark Office selection committee chose NRG to exhibit alongside innovators that include Oak Ridge National Lab, Ford Motor Company, and NASA.
Our mission is not rocket science.
We are here to help you create a Zero Energy Ready building for the same cost as a conventional building. The AIA CEU course at left is a valuable resource that we hope you will use.
By combining careful thought with readily available materials, you can construct an affordable high performance building with a lower cost of ownership.
Think of NRG CICMU as a rock sandwich: two slices of concrete, completely separated by a middle layer of rigid expanded polystyrene insulation (EPS).
Each NRG Insulated Block features an architectural finish exterior, continuous (EPS) insulation with an effective R-value of R-22, and an impact resistant masonry finish interior.
Placing continuous insulation exterior to concrete is a proven passive design strategy that takes advantage of concrete's thermal storage properties.
The interior concrete wall absorbs and stores energy, and releases it slowly to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, saving energy and limiting temperature swings.
The EPS layer keeps the energy within the building, and limits exterior influence.
The exterior concrete layer completes the low maintenance, durable, secure, quiet, energy efficient, and attractive high- performance building envelope.
The key to NRG CICMU's are complete separation. While there are other insulated concrete blocks (ICMU's) that claim a higher R-value than NRG, their thermal bridges render them relatively ineffective.
The thermal images below show how NRG building interiors stay warm in winter, and cool in summer.
Summer: warm out, cool in
Winter NRG: cold out, warm in.
NRG's insulated thermal mass eliminates the need for additional insulation and related labor and finishing costs. NRG delivers cavity wall benefits in a single wythe wall.
Plus, NRG enables HVAC system downsizing that presents further substantial upfront cost savings.
Available in 8", 10", 12" depths, NRG gives you the thermal and moisture performance typical of cavity walls, at a considerably lower cost.
NRG buildings deliver a double pay back: NRG uses less energy, and NRG can also use less expensive energy, as NRG's exceptional thermal lag time allows you to preheat or precool your building when utility rates are lower. NRG buildings can save over fifty percent on heating and cooling energy costs, compared to conventional construction. NRG's value increases as energy prices escalate. Available in brick-look half-high and standard height. NRG is the only commercially available, fully reinforceable block that meets the ASHRAE definition of continuous insulation: "insulation that is continuous across all structural members without thermal bridges..." . NRG currently saves money and energy in nearly two hundred buildings, including big box retail, government, military, educational, industrial, US Postal Service, US Border Patrol, office, single-family residential, multi-unit condos, seven-story senior housing, gymnasiums, refrigerated warehousing, and a 10,000 seat arena. Thank you for taking a look at NRG for your next building project.
Buffalo Botanical Gardens Building
NRG half-high offers brick look plus energy efficiency.