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What is the cost of using AIRLIGHT Building Panels VS stick built?

Initial costs are comparable, considering that a one-step installation replaces four separate operations that would need to be done by skilled professionals. Means: lower labor cost. With the panel system you get structural, insulation, no need for sheathing, has vapor and air barrier assembly all in each panel. More importantly, is the Life Cycle Energy savings as a result of a higher quality, longer lasting, resisting thermal envelope. Don’t forget to factor in the 28-35 % waste factor when trades people sort and cut lumber to size,and discard unused portions to landfills, adding transport and dump fees.

What are the advantages of using steel framed Expanded Polystyrene Panels?

Steel has come to the forefront as the most reliable building material for residential and commercial construction for many reasons:

  • Steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any building material. (When combined the EPS
    equally high strength to weight ratio), a powerful assembly is created, superior in structural
    capacity, yet light, safe and easy to work with.
  • 100 % recyclable.
  • 68-80 % industry recycling rate.
  • Non-combustible, does not burn,nor contribute fuel to spread of fire.
  •  Inorganic-It will not rot, warp, split or crack.
  •  More dimensionally stable than wood, does not expand or contract with moisture content.
  • Consistent quality: Steel framing components are produced in strict accordance with the
    National Standards of Construction. There are no regional variations.

Do panels need special preparation for exterior and interior finishes?

No. In fact, standard finishes typically require less work to apply due to the dimensionally stable, straighter, smoother wall surfaces compared to traditional framing. Any standard exterior or interior finishes can easily be attached directly to the 16″ or 24″ on center metal studs. Drywall, plaster, wood paneling, or heavy vinyl wall paper for interiors and stucco, stone, brick, or wood products on the exterior.

Why do panels resist termites, ants and wood boring insects?

Mold, termites and other insects need three elements to thrive: air, a food source and moisture. EPS provides no food value and remains dry. This is particularly significant in warm, damp regions where insulation materials that absorb and wick moisture through their open cell structure, providing a perfect medium for mold and insect proliferation.