Essex, Connecticut - Homepath Products llc has produced a cabling system for use in building new houses and renovating older properties which it says will "solve a problem created by energy-efficient foam wall insulation."
The patent-pending Exapath product is for pre-installation in walls to handle low-voltage cables.
Homepath says that currently, "using new materials and methods, insulation contractors completely fill voids within the stud cavities of external and internal walls." Although this minimises convection, "wiring through the solidified foam can become a major headache." Also, says Homepath, besides making low-voltage wiring difficult, spray foam insulation locks in obsolescent wires.
Because technology in consumer electronics advances so quickly, the cabling required to support new data-rich devices also evolves. "Even the most ardent promoter of the latest generation of structured wiring cannot assure homeowners that the latest and greatest is the last and most advanced cabling solution," says a Homepath publication.
Current industry practice gets around this by installing expensive cable everywhere it might be needed. As an alternative, Homepath proposes modifying how homes are built, by preinstalling a system of cabling pathways.
This will save homeowners "time, money and aggravation," by making buildings readily adaptable to future wiring and broadband needs. With eXapath, adding or upgrading Cat5, Cat6, coaxial, fibre optic, security, audio or automation wiring is simple and practical, Homepath claims.
The paper describes the eXapath in-wall cable pathway system, a cost-effective way to create reusable cabling channels in connection with solid, spray foam insulation.
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