Product Profile: SIPs, ICFs and insulation options

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ACH Foam Technologies  —  ACH manufactures R-Control SIPs consisting of Perform Guard expanded polystyrene insulation laminated to OSB. TF System ICFs are designed for above and below grade applications, and require no taping, tying or gluing.

Anco Products Inc. —  Resilient and able to friction-fit between posts, Anco products range from 1-inch condensation control blanket to 6-inch (R-19) product. TextraFine can be laminated with a variety of vapor retardant facings for different applications. Anco’s specialty is a 6-inch by 93-inch wide with a 101-inch WMP-30 Lamtec facing. This product is used for 8-foot on center posts. Those long continuous batts help eliminate thermal breaks.

Architectural Specialty Products —ASP makes nine architectural metal panel systems, including a number of factory insulated foam panels: Series 500, MLW, HF and SCR-DR. The systems are provided in many thicknesses, with various combinations of facing materials and gauges.

Arxx —  The company says structures built with its ICFs are stronger than conventionally framed buildings because less air infiltration occurs and they can withstand winds in excess of 150 mph.

Chapman Building Systems —  Chapman makes R-Control SIPs, specializing in combining panels with other building systems for residential and commercial projects. The company also supplies engineered wood products as part of the structural package.

Cornell Corporation —  Cornell features Vent-Top ThermaCal roof insulation that combines isocyanurate or XPS foam with standard 1-inch airspace and sheathing to create a 4×8-foot panel. ThermaCal Nail Base roof insulation offers the same machined features, with no air space. ThermaRIM rim board is 1-1/8-inch APA rated structural  sandwich with polyiso and a 7/16-inch OSB line.

Eagle Panel Systems —  Developed with 25 years of industry experience, the company provides a wide array of SIPs systems. Onsite labor costs are reduced as the panel systems up to 28 feet in length with pre-applied T&G eastern white pine interiors are quickly and easily installed.

Eco-Block — Eco-Block ICFs snap together to create walls of virtually any thickness, from 4 inches on up in 2-inch increments.

Enercept — The builders’ choice for structural insulated panels for a long time, Enercept makes a superior SIP that is fully customized to project specifications. Enercept was the original patent holder for its electrical chase system and thermally broken connecting posts. A six-step process helps building projects flow more quickly and smoothly, making it easier to build more homes per season. Enercept makes basement, wall, roof and floor panels for all applications.

Energy Panel Structures — A Solid Core panel roof using a glulam truss system with 12-foot on-center bays can clear span up to 120 feet, with no exposed fasteners or connection plates. Panel sidewall heights can span from 4 to 27 feet. Panels come with factory installed vertical and horizontal chases for electrical wiring. They are machined to accept two 2×4 studs, allowing for foam-to-foam contact with no thermal breaks. Optional R-26 or R-33 insulated panels over a truss system are available.

Extreme Panel Tech — Extreme Panels makes structural insulated panels for residential, commercial and agricultural buildings. Conducive to green building, SIPS save energy. OSB comes from fast-growth trees, with mills located in strategic locations to limit shipping and control O2 emission. The super tight envelope reduces energy demand and promotes a healthy indoor environment. Increased energy efficiency does more to protect the environment than filling the home with so-called green products. Reduced energy demand means decreased greenhouse gases emitted to atmosphere.

FischerSIPs — FischerSIPs panels are produced in sizes ranging from 4×8 up to 8×24. Insulation is available in thicknesses of 3-1/2, 5-1/2, 7-1/4, or 9-1/4 inches, with 7/16-inch OSB as skins. The company also offers panels with 1×8 prefinished or unfinished pine T&G, T1-11, or drywall applied to the OSB. Panels can be ordered blank or fully precut for windows, doors and angles.

General Panel Corp. — The Tennessee company’s SIPs panels are rated at more than 5,000 pounds per square foot on walls and for spans up to 16 feet for roof panels.

IB Panels — Distributed in 11 western states, including Alaska, panels are made of two sheets of 7/16-inch OSB with foam cores 6 to 12 inches thick. Floor panels are 4×24-foot sheets with foam core thickness equal to 2x lumber width. Wall panels feature non-thermal bridging metal splines, standard panels, open panels, insulated headers with non-thermal ridging metal wraps, insulated sills, insulated non-thermal bridging microlam headers; wire chases by default, plumbing chases by request.

Insulspan — Insulspan’s SIP system consists of solid, one-piece, pre-cut SIP units that are ready to install as floor, wall or roof components for residential or commercial applications. Panels consist of molded EPS insulation core with OSB laminated to the top and bottom faces.

Insul-Tarp — For insulating under concrete slabs in residential, commercial and agricultural radiant heating systems, patented Insul-Tarp offers lightweight design that integrates closed cell foam and reflective technology with a protective poly coating within three, thin layers. The coating protects the insulating material from potentially damaging surfaces and is impermeable to moisture. Insul-Tarp can be installed in less than half the time of conventional insulation. Its low perm rating makes it a vapor barrier against moisture, radon gas infiltration and minimizing mold and mildew growth.

IntegraSpec — The company’s system consists of stay-in-place expanded polystyrene concrete form panels installed in courses and spaced with various sized patented interlocking spacers.

kama Energy Efficient Building Systems — Comprised of 100 percent recyclable steel and expanded polystyrene (EPS), this light gauge metal stud framing system with a proprietary design has eliminated thermal bridging. Factory built to design specifications, Kama-EEBS offers unlimited versatility, no design or build limitations, reduces construction site waste and eliminates the need for an insulation contractor. A one-story residence can go from slab to roof trusses in less than 3 days with no added installation equipment, such as a crane.

Lite-Form Technologies — Fold-Form Maxx Insulating Concrete Forms offer Lite Forms’ hinged-tie design that allows forms to fold flat for shipping and handling. Over 7,000 sq. feet of forms can be shipped on a single flatbed. Each ICF block measures 12×48-inches and is available in 6- and 8-inch concrete wall widths. Molded corners virtually eliminate job-site fabrication and speed assembly process. To streamline finishing, continuous furring strips are concealed inside the 2-inch EPS sidewalls, their locations marked with reference lines.

Logix — The company says its forms are builder-friendly and strong, with a thicker and more solid 2-3/4-inch foam panel on every form.

Metl-Span — Metl-Span manufactures concealed fastener insulated metal roof and wall panels. The non-CFC?polyurethane panels use a chemical process to eliminate blistering on the outside face.

Murus Company — Murus Energy Star qualified polyurethane, XPS and EPS foam core structural insulating panels, used in exterior wall, roof and floor applications for residential and light commercial construction, are ideal for green projects, providing superior energy efficiency, excellent structural properties, and design flexibility. R-values range from R-16 to R-58, in lengths up to 24 feet.

NOFP — Northwestern Ohio Foam Products makes reflective foil insulation and under-concrete insulation for commercial, agricultural and residential uses, providing energy efficient, green solutions for metal or post-frame buildings, and under concrete for radiant heated slabs. RigidBoard, used where higher R-values are needed, has EPS foam core with reflective foil. Barrier, BarrierXT and BarrierX5 are roll out EPS foam products with moisture barriers laminated to both sides. MicroLT is an economical alternative to MicroFoil but with similar characteristics.

Owens Corning — Owens Corning Fold-Form Insulated Concrete Forms consist of pre-assembled interlocking sections of high-density expanded polystyrene foam. Buildings built with Fold-Form provide excellent energy efficiency, noise control and resistance to natural disasters and offer a high quality alternative to traditional wood frame construction. In university tests, Fold-Form solid concrete walls were proven to be the best protection against flying debris in winds up to 250 mph, when compared to conventional framing and hollow concrete block walls.

Plymouth Foam Inc. — This company’s PaceMaker Building Systems brand is a national leader in the manufacture of structural insulated panels for residential and commercial construction. PaceMaker products are based on over 30 years experience in design and manufacture of SIPs. 

PolySteel — The company’s ICFs are suitable for  pre-panelizing walls for production-scale projects.

PorterCorp — The manufacturer of Poligon Park Architecture and PorterSIPs structural insulated panels brings its two areas of expertise together with FP Housing. FP Housing is a frame and panel system consisting of a series of structural tube steel and glulam bents enveloped by SIPs.

Premier Building Systems — PBS’s 6-inch insulated panels have a 58 percent higher whole wall efficiency than that of a 2×6 R-19 assembly.

Quad-Lock Building Systems — Using only four components, Quad-Lock manufactures a versatile and high quality ICF. LEED and other sustainable projects and programs enjoy significant contributions from ICF and concrete.

Structural Insulated Panel Assn. — SIPA is a non-profit trade association representing manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators/distributors, design professionals and builders committed to providing structural insulated panel for all segments of the construction industry.

SureTight Insulated Panel Corp. — Custom-cut, ready-to-assemble, jumbo-size EPS foam core SIPs are inspected and stamped by a national third-party testing agency for the residential, modular and light commercial building industries. SureTight panels are distributed east of the Mississippi River.

TF System — TF System is a unique insulated concrete form that is vertically oriented just as conventional concrete forms systems. TF System offers custom heights, concrete cavity widths and varying thicknesses of polystyrene insulation to achieve desired  R-value. TF System ICF contributes greatly to LEED points in several categories, resulting in buildings that are green. Insulated concrete forms are used for churches, schools, retail buildings, hotels, agriculture and industrial buildings.

Thermal Foams, Inc. — Thermal Foams SIPs are 30-50 percent more energy efficient than traditional wall construction. SIPs are used world-wide for homes, additions, coolers, commercial construction and more. Panels are available from 4×8 to 8×24 feet and can be factory fabricated to be site-erected quickly. The company also offers non-engineered nail-base panels that can be installed above structural metal or wood planking roof decks to provide insulation and a surface for attaching roofing materials.

Winter Panel — Winter panels feature polyisocyanurate or expanded polystyrene foam cores. R-values range from R-15 to R-38, with panel sizes from 4×8 to 8×24.

Wrisco Industries — The company’s Elite insulated structural wall and roof panels are composed of two outer skins of aluminum, wood, gypsum, non-asbestos, fiber reinforced cement board or other materials, laminated to expanded polystyrene core. Panels are 2 to 8 inches thick, 48 inches wide and up to 30 feet long. A 3-inch thick panel has R-value of 18. Elite holds seven patents. Buildings up to 30 feet wide require no framing and can be easily expanded or modified after construction. The majority of Elite products meet Florida building code requirements.

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