Taking everything we know about building science, DRICORE SMARTWALL® has been developed to withstand the unique “ecosystem“ of the basement environment and can be used on any concrete or block walls. Why should DRICORE SMARTWALL® be used in front of concrete? The answer is simple.

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Taking everything we know about building science, DRICORE SMARTWALL® has been developed to withstand the unique “ecosystem“ of the basement environment and can be used on any concrete or block walls.

Why should DRICORE SMARTWALL® be used in front of concrete? The answer is simple. Concrete is a porous material and moisture can pass through it. DRICORE SMARTWALL® has been designed specifically to deal with this, all while being faster and cleaner to install, requiring less sanding than traditional drywall installation.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® is a panelized system. Each panel is 21.75“ wide and comes in standard 8’ length. Panels can be cut to fit any desired ceiling height or basement layout. When finished, DRICORE SMARTWALL® will be ready to be painted to suit your taste.

A high performance, pre-fabricated wall panel designed specifically for basement finishing. The all-in-one drywall paneling system includes your framing, insulation, drywall and tongue & groove system for faster install.

  • Faster than traditional drywall installation
  • Specialized for basement environments with an integrated moisture barrier
  • Rated with an R-value of 17.4

Vapour Shield Technology (VST)

Water vapour is water in its gaseous state, instead of liquid or solid (ice). Water vapour is invisible. In a home, water vapour is harmless, it is when it condenses and forms water that it can become a problem.

In order to help prevent water build up within your walls, DRICORE SMARTWALL® has Vapour Shield Technology (VST) built into every panel. By using expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, each DRICORE SMARTWALL® panel is factory bonded together to eliminate most air pockets. By eliminating air pockets, which is where water vapour tends to condense, it allows the vapour to remain in its gaseous state, therefore reducing the possibility of water from forming within the wall cavity. This greatly reduces the chance for mold, mildew and rot.

  2. Concrete Foundation
  3. Vapour Drive
  4. Rain Water
  5. Soil
Graphite-Infused EPS Insulation

Did you know that heat loss through uninsulated basement foundations can account for up to one third of the heat loss from an average home?

DRICORE SMARTWALL® includes rigid expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation that is infused with graphite. Graphite reflects and absorbs radiant energy, helping to further increase its R-Value as temperatures drop.

Responsive graphite infused EPS insulation means that unlike traditionally built walls, DRICORE SMARTWALL® actually powers up when it gets cold to give you the ultimate in comfort. The continuous, high quality EPS insulation forms a protective barrier around your basement.

Encapsulated Framing

Traditionally framed wood walls lose up to 30% of their insulating capabilities due to an effect called “Thermal Bridging“. Thermal bridging occurs when a conductive material (e.g. wood, aluminum, steel, concrete, etc.) provides a path for heat to flow around insulation. The bypassing “bridging“ of the less conductive material significantly reduces its effectiveness as an insulator. This is why many traditionally built walls have cold spots.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® virtually eliminates this “thermal bridge“ by effectively encapsulating the framing in each panel within the rigid EPS insulation. This makes DRICORE SMARTWALL® an energy efficient product that you can use to finish your basement.

The “effective“ R-value of DRICORE SMARTWALL® is R17. To obtain the same “effective“ R-value from a traditionally built wall using 2×6’s, a R24 batt insulation would need to be installed - that is a 29% loss in efficiency. The encapsulated framing also features a tongue and groove design which allow the panels to join together to form a complete wall.

Mold Resistant Gypsum Board

DRICORE SMARTWALL® uses a mold resistant paint to help coat and protect the gypsum board from the production of mold.

Easy Wire Channel Design

The DRICORE SMARTWALL® system has unique Easy Wire Channels built into every panel that allow for the installation of electrical wiring. There are two vertical and three horizontal channels running through DRICORE SMARTWALL®. These channels can also be used to install audio and video cables.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® has been certified for Electrical Safety to CSA Standard C22.2 No. 203.

Tapless Joint Technology

Each DRICORE SMARTWALL® panel incorporates a patented “micro bevel“ edge, which eliminates the traditional taping stage of finishing the drywall surface. The micro bevel also means that 75% less compound will be used, compared to traditional finishing methods. This results in far less sanding and dust. DRICORE SMARTWALL® has been designed to work only with a specially formulated low-dust compound called DRICORE PATCH PRO®. The combination of the DRICORE SMARTWALL® micro bevel edge and PATCH PRO is what enables the joints to be tapeless.

Technical Specifications

  • Size: Width - 21.75“ / Height - 96“
  • Weight: 30 lbs. for 96“ Panel
  • Thermal Resistance: R 17.4 (Tested in accordance to ASTM C1363-11)
  • Vapour Permeance: 26 ng/PaSm2 (Tested in Accordance to ASTM E96/E96M-10)
  • Flame Spread: Flame Spread = 4.9 Smoke Development = 10.8 (Tested in Accordance to CAN/ULC-S102-10)
  • Sound Transmission: STC 27 (Tested in Accordance to ASTM E90-2009)
  • Electrical: Evaluation by QAI (Quality Auditing Institute) QAI Listing Number “E10540“ Conforms to CSA C22.2 No. 203 & UL 962
  • Building Code Approvals: Canada CCMC - Report #14013-R Ministers Ruling - Ruling # 16-03-333 (14013-R) - USA ICC - Report ESR-3790

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Smartwall® vs Traditional Build
Vapour BarrierRequiredINCLUDED
Electrical ChannelsNot IncludedINCLUDED
Taping & MuddingRequiredNO TAPING REQUIRED