SIPS and Coastal Rebuilding
1. Hurricane winds: SIPS meet and exceeds local wind standards.
2. Flood: The panels are made from Fiber Cement material and expanded polystyrene. Neither will absorb water. The finished product won't rot or mold. The connecting boards between panels can have a plastic substitute, which then leaves nothing subject to water’s deteriorating effects.
3. Normal local conditions. The SIPS system is perfect for the Coast, where we have hard sun, heat, heavy rainfall, moist air, and bugs.
1. Thermal capabilities. SIPS have a high R factor and helps retain heat and cooling in a building and results in a heavy reduction in power bills. Finally, the expanded polystyrene does not lose its insulation value over the years, nor does it release toxic chemicals.
2. Fire. Both fiber cement boards and expanded polystyrene foam are superior to wood structures. The polystyrene is fire retardant with a flash point between 600 and 650 degrees F. The fiber cement surface is noncombustible, will not burn, has a zero flame-spread index, and zero smoke development number. See, Portland Cement Association material; PATH site;
3. Costs. The costs of a SIPS house are comparable to a brick or lumber built house
4. Bugs and Mold. Fiber cement boards cement won't burn, rot, or cup and is impervious to salt spray, termites, woodpeckers, carpenter bees, and other pests. Fiber-cement siding is appropriate for hot and humid climates because it is resistant to rot, fungus, and termite infestation is more durable than wood. FC holds paint for several years longer than conventional wood siding. See, Tool base materials;
Construction and Design
Design Friendly. SIPS are a complete, pre-engineered building system, but, when finished, does not appear any different than conventional construction. SIPS panels permit longer floor, wall and roof spans, reducing the number of interior support beams, posts or walls. These longer spans remain stronger than conventional stick frame buildings. SIPS roof panels are excellent for cathedral ceilings. In many cases, due to the long span capability of the panels, a ridge beam is all that is required. In other words, whether you want a Creole cottage, a Katrina cottage, an ante-bellum mansion, or a French Quarter commercial building, that design can be built with SIPS.
Assembly. SIPS are a building system. Panelization means simplicity of construction and reduced labor costs. The exterior shell erection time on an average, simply designed 1000 sq. ft. home on an existing foundation would take less than two weeks. Also, electrical chases are precut into the foam core of the panel prior to assembly. Chases face the interior skin and are positioned according to design and code requirements.
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