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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


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.

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Product Overview

Features and Benefits


Vapour Shield TechnologyTM Vapour Shield Technology introduces expanded polystyrene (EPS) integrated into DRICORE SMARTWALL® panels to eliminate all air pockets, acting as its own vapour barrier.


Integrated Mildewcide Contains mildewcide in the primer to help protects against mold and mildew.


Encapsulated Framing Virtually illuminate thermal bridging, by encapsulating the framing in each panel within the ridged EPS insulation.


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


Integrated Vertical & Horizontal Wiring Channels Easy Wire Channels designed into every panel allows for simple electrical wiring.


Micro-Beveled Edges Unique micro beveled edges eliminate the need for traditional taping, saving you time and the headache of excess dust, caused by significant sanding.

The specialized DRICORE® PatchPro compound is specifically formulated for less dust.


Tongue & Groove Interlocking System Tongue and groove system makes installation easy while increasing its insulation strength by encapsulating the frame to proving an R-value of 17.4.


Integrated Mildewcide Contains mildewcide in the primer to help protects against mold and mildew.


Encapsulated Framing Virtually illuminate thermal bridging, by encapsulating the framing in each panel within the ridged EPS insulation.

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

SmartWall Moist

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.

Cold Smart

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.


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


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.


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.



DRICORE SMARTWALL® has been tested to the fullest lengths possible, and is backed by the industry’s highest standards of approval. DRICORE SMARTWALL® meets the requirements of the National Building Code of Canada and the International Residential Code (IRC) in the United States.


Technical Specifications

SizeWidth – 21.75” / Height – 96”
Weight30 lbs. for 96” Panel
Thermal ResistanceR 17.4 (Tested in accordance to ASTM C1363-11)
Vapour Permeance26 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 TransmissionSTC 27 (Tested in Accordance to ASTM E90-2009)
ElectricalEvaluation by QAI (Quality Auditing Institute) QAI Listing Number “E10540” Conforms to CSA C22.2 No. 203 & UL 962
Building Code ApprovalsCanada CCMC – Report #14013-R Ministers Ruling – Ruling # 16-03-333 (14013-R) | USA ICC – Report ESR-3790

Smartwall® vs Traditional Build

Vapour BarrierRequiredINCLUDED
Electrical ChannelsNot IncludedINCLUDED
Taping & MuddingRequiredNO TAPING REQUIRED

Install Instructions

Accessories and Tools


Patching compound specifically designed to easily fill
joints and seams on DRICORE SMARTWALL®

Tools Required

  1. 2” and 6” Drywall trowels
  2. Handsaw
  3. Drill and associated drills bits
  4. Two saw horses or stands
  5. Chalk line and plumb line
  6. Level
  7. Tape measure
  8. 4” Hole saw (if needed)
  9. Safety equipment (safety shoes, glasses, gloves)
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Which Subfloor Is Right For You?

ProductSubfloorSubfloor R+
Air FlowYesYes
BottomHigh Density PlasticXPS Foam
Weight6.5 lbs.6.0 lbs.
Size23.25" x 23.25"23.25" x 23.25"
WarrantyLimited 25 YearLimited 25 Year
Finished Flooring OptionsVinyl (LVT/LVP), Laminate, Carpet, Engineered Hardwood, TileVinyl (LVT/LVP), Laminate, Carpet, Engineered Hardwood, Tile
Weight Supported (per sq. ft.)6,642 lbs3,153 lbs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can cut DRICORE SMARTWALL® panels down, always remember to cut from the top. This will ensure that the channels align properly during install as their heights are measured from the bottom of the panel.

When installing DRICORE SMARTWALL® panels over existing floor surfaces, the existing floor surface must be clean, structurally sound, and free of debris or materials that may impair the performance of the panels. The existing floor surface must also be free of materials that may trap, block or absorb moisture, or promote mold growth. Some vinyl glues are known to mold when installed directly to concrete. It is recommended to remove any residue or debris, and clean the concrete surface thoroughly, before installing any flooring materials.

For asbestos tile, please check the Environmental Protection Agency or Environment Canada for specific removal, repair and handling recommendations.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® is an easy and fast way to finish your basement walls. The all-in-one engineered wall panel requires fewer steps, less time and less labour to finish your basement. Get the job done 5x faster using DRICORE SMARTWALL®.

The DRICORE SMARTWALL® installation guide and brochure can be found within this product page.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® panels weigh just 30 lbs., are conveniently sized (21.75″ x 96′) and are easy to cut with regular power tools. The panels simply attach to the top of your floor joists and at the bottom to your subfloor using 2″ x 2″ lumber as your tracks.

Unlike conventional construction methods, DRICORE SMARTWALL® OSB framing, insulation, and primed drywall skin, combine into an all-in-one high performance wall assembly. Simply lock panels together to form your finished basement walls.

DRICORE SMARTWALL® panels come with micro beveled edges, which eliminates the need for taping seams. To achieve that perfect seamless finish simply use DRICORE® Patch Pro. DRICORE® Patch Pro is easy to apply, paintable, and crack resistant – this will ensure that your new walls look great for years to come.

  1. Safety Shoes
  2. Hand saw
  3. Level and Tape Measure
  4. Scissors
  5. Safety glasses.
  6. Drill and screw driving bit
  7. Chalk line and plumb line
  8. 4″ Hole saw (if needed)
  9. Two saw horses or stands
  10. 2″ and 6″ Drywall Trowels

Electrical installation is simplified with integrated vertical and horizontal wiring channels that run through the insulation.

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