Stand & Shoot
Build Sustainable Structures
With Total Integrated Panel System
The design of the Total Integrated Panel System (TIPS) is the source of its multiple technological advantages. It consists of an EPS core set between steel wire welded mesh fabric. These are joined together by welding a diagonally oriented galvanized steel truss wire through the EPS core. The resulting pyramidal-shaped truss system creates a three-dimensional distribution of loads and stress equally across the entire structure. Each individual panel is connected to its adjoining panel with additional mesh fabric overlaying the abutting joint. Once shotcrete is applied over the mesh fabric, this creates a monolithic structure with unparalleled strength (has been shown to carry a structural load of over 78,000 lbs in testing). This system makes it possible to build multiple stories and complex designs without additional support elements. The panels can be used as walls, ceilings, roofs, and as filler panels for larger metal structures. Our panels can be used for nearly any project due to inherent design flexibility. A few examples of previous projects include individual homes, apartments, hotels, assisted living centers, townhouses, storage units, large commercial buildings, government structures such as firehouses and prisons, military facilities, fencing, and sound walls.
Creating a monolithic structure means the wall will have no joints or fault lines, causing it to be able to stand up to any test man or mother nature may throw at it. In fact, laboratory testing has demonstrated that TIPS walls can withstand sustained winds of over 300 kph and that when undergoing 2 minutes of continuous shaking at simulated level 9 on the Richter Scale, without any structural damage. Mother nature has also proven this strength in real life, as demonstrated by homes surviving hurricanes and greater than level 7 earthquakes
Thermal & Sound Insulation
The Total Integrated Panel System (TIPS) has been designed for maximum environmental comfort. A panel structure will keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The incorporation of high density shotcrete and variable thicknesses of polystyrene ranging from 2.5-6 inches provide an excellent thermal barrier. This mass effect of concrete sandwich panels as discussed in ASHRAE 90.1 explains how the insulative performance of the panel is greater than the sum of its parts. For example, testing on a standard panel with 4 inches of EPS has demonstrated a U value of 0.038. This would be comparable to an effective R value of 38. This value could obviously go up if needed by using thicker EPS. There are also very few wall penetrations required, keeping thermal loss at a minimum. Further, there are minimal wooden or metal studs to transfer or conduct heat/cold through the exterior walls. In comparison, standard wooden 2×4 studs have an R value of approximately 3.5. This means that for every 8 standard studs in a wall, there is a 1 foot section of wall with an R value of 3.5. In total comparison, a wooden wall with standard insulation and siding will likely have an R value of 15-20, while an uninsulated concrete or block wall will have an R value of around 0.5/inch. Ultimately, TIPS can save from 50-80% in heating/cooling costs when compared to other standard building materials.
In addition, it is not only cold and heat transfer that is reduced by TIPS, our standard panel system has a sound transmission coefficient rating (STC) of at least 50. This increases into the mid or even upper 50s depending on the finishes that are used. In comparison, a standard interior wall with insulation and drywall on both sides has an STC in the mid 30’s. As STC is a logarithmic scale, this is a huge difference. Other testing has shown that by itself the panel system reduced noise from one side to the other by 42 dB (airborne sound insulation index). What this really means is that even very loud noises such as musical instruments or stereos would only be faintly heard in the room next to them. This keeps each space a separate sound zone. This is especially useful in settings such as apartments, schools, churches, businesses, and manufacturing sites where noise pollution can often make performing everyday tasks more difficult. It also makes TIPS a great choice for fencing sound barriers.
What is Heard Through the Barrier?
Normal speech can be easily heard and understood
Loud speech can be easily heard and understood
Loud speech heard, but not understood
Loud speech now only a murmur
Loud speech not heard, music systems / heavy traffic noise still a potential problem
Very loud sounds such as musical instruments or a stereo can be faintly heard but 99% of population not annoyed by it
A sustainable structure built with the Total Integrated Panel System (TIPS) is non-combustible and is certified for a two-hour fire rating. A higher rating of 4 can also be achieved by increasing the thickness of the shotcrete applied to each face of the panel to 3 inches. This means that a insulated concrete panel wall can be used to replace the double walls that were previously required in many multifamily housing projects built with traditional materials, greatly reducing cost and space. It should also give peace of mind to occupants of apartments, storage units, etc, to know that a fire caused by a neighbor could not spread throughout a complex to their property. It also makes the panel a very attractive building material for any location prone to wildfires.
As with all products, warehouse construction cost vary depending on the finishes and amenities desired. However, the Total Integrated Panel System (TIPS) has been shown to be cost-effective in the construction and long-term ownership phases. Upfront construction costs are reduced through the elimination of many materials and trades. Also, because of the lightweight nature of the panel, there is often a reduction in the cost of the foundation construction, especially in low load-bearing soil conditions. In addition, the panel system can be faster to assemble. This leads to quick turnaround and occupancy with its accompanying financial benefits. In the long term, panel structures also provide savings through a reduction in maintenance and utility costs. As discussed above, the excellent capacity for insulation means that many owners spend 50-80% less on heating and air conditioning costs. Maintenance is also less because our concrete structures are totally resistant to termites, insects, rodents, mold, mildew, and fungi. The walls are also less likely to be damaged by everyday use, meaning that repairs will be almost non-existent (a huge benefit to any building where occupancy turnover is high).
At TIPS we believe in taking care of the world around us. TIPS is ecologically minded in a variety of ways. We use recycled steel and EPS to make all of our products. Our EPS also contains no CFCs, a major pollutant that used to be found in styrofoam. Our construction process utilizes a minimal amount of wood, which causes less of our forests to be depleted. Some of the major effects of deforestation include biodiversity loss, local climate change, and global warming. In the long term, the energy efficiency of structures built with TIPS reduces the amount of energy needing to be produced per structure substantially