New Home Construction Technology1 min read
Its Built with Styrofoam Panels
Marquis Construction thinks they have found a way to meet their own needs and their buyers’. They build with SIPs – 4 & 6-inch-thick sections of EPS foam, like the material from which coffee cups are made, sandwiched between sheets of galvanized steel.
The panels, 4 feet wide, snap together with a T&G joint so they can be assembled quickly by workers. The foam is laminated between sheets of steel.
The panels, known as SIPs, have been around for 60 years, but only in the last ten years have they begun to be used in mainstream of construction
“It’s a thermal and structural shell,” the builder said homes are certified to withstand winds up to 140 mph, making it hurricane worthy. The absence of wood means it is inhospitable to termites. “There’s no food value there,”
Marquis says their customers “immediately grasp the concept that a solid foam-core house has got to be much more energy efficient than conventional . It really sells itself.”
In addition to energy efficiency, the steel panels provide a cleaner IAQ, mold resistive environment. They carry a 20 year corrosion warranty. They surpass Florida’s hurricane codes, are impact tested and used for hurricane shelter construction in Ft, Meyers, FL.
Steel SIPs construction will reduce insurance premiums up to 53% in hurricane prone areas over wood frame construction.
Panels are easily and readily available for delivery through out the southeast US with a 2 week lead time.