Wall-Anatomy ...

Wall-structure is the skeleton, and the interior and exterior finishes are the skin of the wall.

The skeleton supports all the loads imposed on the walls. The exterior skin protects the exterior wall surface from the elements. The interior skin protects the interior wall surface from the environmental impact inside the building.


No no ... don't worry! I am not going to bore you with details regarding the structural makeup of the walls, load calculations and stress analysis -- this was just to present to you pictorially what is going on behind the scenes.
Walls of Your energy efficient Home / Building Should

  • be structurally sound
  • be cost-effective
  • provide good insulation
  • provide healthy conditions
  • allow minimum air-infiltration
  • be resistant to natural hazards
  • ...
There are a number of walls / wall-systems out there today that will meet the preceding requirements. Let us look at a brief summary of the various materials, configurations and characteristics of such walls.

Concrete In-Situ Concrete Field Built
Wood Precast Concrete Shop Built
Steel Wood Stud (Stick) Combo: Shop & Field
Plastics Steel Stud (Stick) Panelized
Straw Bale Wood Frame / Truss Tilt-Up
Adobe Steel Frame / Truss Laminate Construction
Autoclaved Concrete Light Gage Steel Structurally Adhesed
Grancrete ICF (Insulating Concrete Form) Pressed
Timbersil SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) Engineered Lumber
... ... Stressed Skin Construction
... ... ...
... ... ...

It behoves all of us to use energy wisely. And with the enormous increase in energy prices, it also makes economic sense. More energy efficient wall systems such as
  • ICF ... Insulating Concrete Form
  • SIP ... Structural Insulated Panels
which have a number of variants with unique characteristics and features are gaining in popularity over the traditional stick-wall, and block-masonry construction.

beginning of Wall-Anatomy

back to our home page

For further information or help with your energy efficient dream home / building project, or its parts, such as ...

  • Energy Efficient Wall Structure
  • Exterior Wall Finish
  • Interior Wall Finish
  • Energy Efficiency of Walls
  • Structural Strength of Walls
  • Cost of Different Walls Systems
  • ....

Fill in the following form to subscribe to our upcoming news letter, to keep
up with our latest updates, and to tell us how we can help:

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.
E-mail Address*
question or comment

Partner With Us

If you are involved with energy efficient building projects as:
  • Designer
  • Architect
  • Engineer
  • Contractor
  • Specialty contractor
  • Surveyor
  • Developer
  • Supplier
  • Financier
  • ....
we invite you to tell us about yourself by filling in the special contact form
I have setup for your convenience. Let us see if we can create synergy
by utilizing our combined resources and create a win-win situation!

Yours Sincerely

Yogi Anand, D.Eng, P.E.

Energy Efficient Building Network LLC
308 Longford Dr -- Rochester Hills MI 48309 U.S.A.
Phone: +1-248-375-5710; Cell: +1-248-766-1546