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Why can’t I get the technical support I need from my panel manufacturer?

The problem with having on site or telephone technical support from a SIP manufacturer is that very few employees of SIP manufacturing plants have building/construction background. They understand their product for the most part, but they are not able to explain how to build with SIPs, especially when SIPs are combined with other building components such as roof trusses, rafters or floor joists. At EZ-Build Systems, you are guaranteed the opportunity to speak with someone who does have an extensive background in the construction industry and who is able to offer the technical support that you need, whether you are building a complete SIP house or a house that combines SIPs with other building components.

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Why can’t I get everything I need from one company?

You can! EZ-Build Systems supplies architecturals, engineer stamped structurals (for all 50 states), and custom pre-engineered building components (including the lumber needed to install the shell) to complete the entire outer shell of any residential, commercial, industrial or institutional building.  You have your choice of either wood or non-wood framing components or you may combine the two.

Manufacturers typically supply only the products that they produce themselves, therefore, they can only sell you one building component that may or may not work for your entire shell package.  EZ-Build Systems is not a manufacturer and therefore, we are not limited to any one product or any one manufacturer.  We ensure that you will receive only the best quality products that work best with your design, budget and personal preference!

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Why can’t a SIP manufacturer engineer my entire house/building?

A SIP manufacturer can enlist the services of a professional engineer to engineer the entire building if that building is comprised of all SIPs (floor, walls, roof).  However, if you are only using SIPs for walls, then a SIP manufacturer cannot engineer the entire building because they did not manufacture the other components used in the building.  EZ-Build Systems on the other hand, takes each manufacturer’s shop drawings (i.e. SIP walls, roof trusses, floor joists) and sends them, along with the original architecturals, to our own engineers who carefully examine how the entire system will work together.  They will make any changes as necessary or suggest easier or more economical ways that the system can be engineered.  Then, the engineer will seal the drawings and provide the number of copies necessary for permit approval.  Our systems are engineered from foundation to roof.

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Why buy from EZ-Build Systems? Couldn’t I do this myself?

Of course, most builders and some owners can do the ordering of material, but do most builders or owners have the national buying power that EZ-Build Systems has?  EZ-Build Systems has relationships with manufacturers on a national and international level and therefore, the kind of price discounts that most builders/owners cannot achieve on their own.  As well, EZ-Build Systems provides all the drafting and engineering that is needed for permit.  EZ-Build Systems will take any home, commercial or industrial preliminary details, perform the design, drafting and engineering functions and create prints suitable for permit plan review.  This includes a P.E. stamped plan set (stamps are available for every state).  Upon permit issuance, the final plans will be provided, along with the panel installation drawings, instructional video to the contractor, and a toll free line for technical support on site.

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How Does The Price of EZ-Build Systems Shell Packages Compare to Stick Built Structures?

EZ-Build Systems’ shell packages (both SIPs and tubular steel panel systems) generally cost about the same as the more traditional—but lesser quality—stick framed building system.  The real savings occur during the construction phase and they are:

  • Savings in labor costs
  • Faster dry-in time
  • Better and faster drywall installation
  • Less material waste
  • Easier cabinet installation

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Why Do EZ-Build Systems’ Shell Packages Outperform Traditional Shell Construction?

Shell packages using SIPs walls are more energy efficient, stronger, quieter, and draft free compared to the older technology system of stud framing with common fiberglass insulation.  The rigid insulation (EPS) used in SIP panels has an inherent efficiency because of lack of air movement.  This insulation will never sag nor bunch over time like other lay-in or blow-in types of insulation materials.  Less air movement and leakage translates into less drafts and less cold/hot spots.  Heating and cooling are more evenly distributed in a SIP building structure than a traditional stick framed shell.  The continuous insulation of a SIP wall (no studs) means even, comfortable interior temperatures, fewer penetrations for noise and dust, and above all, lower energy bills!

EZ-Build Systems’ SIPs wall panels, in conjunction with pre-engineered roof trusses offer a building that is superior in strength and uplift resistance than stick framed building structures.  The superior strength of SIPs walls when used with pre-engineered trusses, allows for clear span construction thus eliminating the need for interior support walls and allowing for unlimited choice of floor plan designs.   These features are also a definite marketable asset in areas of either hurricane or earthquake conditions.

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Why are EZ-Build Systems’ Shell Packages so Much Stronger Than Stick-Framing?

In our wood systems, the structural insulated panels provide the strength to the envelope of the building structure.  The OSB (oriented strand board) skins act like the flanges of an I-beam cement welded to the rigid core.  These three components work together to provide stiffness, strength, and predictable responses.  The real strength of this type of wall panel was demonstrated at:

  • The Great Hanshing (Kobe, Japan) earthquake
  • North Ridge (California) earthquake
  • Hurricane Andrew (Florida)
  • Tornado (Colorado)
  • Gas Explosion (Portland Oregon)
  • Fire (Omaha, Nebraska)

These examples clearly demonstrate and prove the strength and safety to the owners of homes constructed with SIPs more than all of the scientific tests conducted in the laboratory environment.

In our non-wood systems, the tubular steel panels act as the structural strength to the building envelope.  This frame system has been fully engineered for forces that exceed well beyond conventional wood or other light gauge steel framing and is designed specifically for your location.  Both our wood and non-wood systems are factory built and pre-engineered and offer much greater structural integrity than conventional stick framing.

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How Does Fire Affect SIPs?

In order for a fire to ignite, three elements are required: fuel, ignition and oxygen.  SIP panels minimize the oxygen element.  SIP panels have no air space within their solid core thus creating an airtight building structure that minimizes the amount of oxygen available to feed a fire, and in turn, minimizes burn time.  The EPS core also includes a fire retardant substance as part of its chemical makeup.  SIP wall panels have passed every Standard Fire Test required in Wood Based Construction.  Drywall for fire code is installed right on top of the interior OSB facing of the SIP.

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How is Electrical Wiring Installed in SIP walls?

Each panel comes with two horizontal and one vertical conduit chase in the foam core close to the interior face of the panel.  Electricians can use a fish tape and quickly feed the wires through without compressing the insulation or drilling through studs as in traditional stick-build construction.  If an electrical or cable upgrade is needed, it can be easily done through the existing chases in the foam core.

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How Is Plumbing Installed?

The same way as it is done in traditional construction, which is usually located inside interior partitions (they do not put it on outside walls).  If necessary, a chase can be created in the foam core of SIP walls for vent pipes.  Alternatively, you can stick build a chase around the panels.  While the industry has supported precut chases for plumbing and vents, it is not supported by the evaluation criteria of the ICBO and should be avoided if possible.

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How are windows & doors installed?

Quickly and easily. EZ-Build Systems SIPs come pre-cut for windows & doors with headers already installed (insulated headers in most cases, but LVLs are also pre-installed where required, such as in garage door openings).  This saves the contractor time on site when all that is needed is to set the windows & doors into place once the wall panels are up.

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Are ants and termites a problem in panels?

No.  Both the foam (EPS) and the OSB of the panels are treated with a substance that acts as a repellent to termites and other insects.  In climates where either termites or ants can cause problems, panel manufacturers recommend that all homeowners use the same preventive treatments (topical sprays around foundations, termite shields, etc.) they would use in a stick framed home just as an added precautionary measure.

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Is Mold an issue in panels?

No.  In order for mold to grow, moisture must be present in the building.  Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) avoid/reduce the presence of moisture in the following ways:

  • Since SIPs have no cavities, there is nowhere for moisture or mold to form, even if breaches in the moisture barrier occur;
  • Since the EPS foam is not porous, water runs off to the low point where it can be channeled away, even if there is a failure in the window & door drainage systems;
  • Since SIPs cover such large dimensions in uninterrupted sheets (as large as 8’ X 24’), there are few joints to seal;
  • The splining systems are designed with sealants in mind;
  • The pre-planning required to pre-cut SIPs gives a VERY tight, exact fit for windows & doors and nowhere for the drain pans to drain but out;
  • The tolerances for fit with SIPs greatly exceed most construction standards and are generated in a factory setting, where conditions are favorable for strict quality control.

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Is a SIP a “green building product?”

Yes.  SIP homes require considerably less framing lumber than a conventionally framed home.  Note too that 95% of a tree can be used when it is cut into wood chips to make OSB for SIP facings, vs. 63% of a tree when it’s sawn into solid lumber.  SIP homes pre-cut in the factory mean less job-site waste is shipped to the landfill and more of it is recycled at the factory.  And lifetime savings in heating and cooling requirements make SIP homes energy efficient (much more so than stick framed homes) thus, making them a “green building product”.

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Am I Limited to the Type and Size of Building I Can Sell?

NO.  We can accommodate any set of architectural blueprints that the client provides or we will custom design architecturals for you in house.  Both our SIP systems and tubular steel panel systems allow for greater clear spans and thus, more design options than conventional build.

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Am I Limited In Choice of Materials for Exterior Finishes?

No.  Just like conventionally built systems, SIPs allow you to use any finishing material you desire (i.e., stucco, brick, vinyl siding, stone, wood, etc.).  All types of sidings, claddings and roofing materials can be applied to Structural Insulated Panels.  The wood face of the SIPs provides an excellent nail base and eliminates stud searching.

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How Can I Learn More About Your Tubular Steel Panel System?

Call our corporate head office, read our brochure or visit our linked web site at www.primaryframesystems.com

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