The tragic event of Hurricane Sandy shows the importance of choosing the best home construction materials available. Hurricane Sandy damaged tens of thousands of homes and businesses. High quality homes constructed of structural steel insulated panels have endured tornadoes, fires and hurricanes with substantially stronger winds than Hurricane Sandy such as Hurricane Katrina.
Wauconda, Illinois, (Hi-Tech Building Systems) December 7, 2012 — Robert Tomczak, President of Hi-Tech Building Systems said “The strength and integrity of ThermaSteel has been demonstrated through years in the field.” ThermaSteel has been approved for use in all climate conditions. ThermaSteel structural insulated panels (SSIPs) have the integrity and strength to pass the rigorous tests protocols required by Miami-Dade County, Florida; the county has the nation’s most severe hurricane weather. Based on the requirements of Miami-Dade County, multiple ThermaSteel wall samples easily passed the tests performed at the Hurricane Test Laboratory in River Beach, Florida. The fire retardant Hi-Tech System can handle wind loads in excess of 200 mph. ThermaSteel wall panels are also EnergyStar compliant.
During past hurricanes, ThermaSteel homes were hit with winds in excess of 150 mph and suffered no significant damage. Due to their durability, homes constructed with SSIPs have replaced numerous wood homes destroyed by Mother Nature during catastrophes such as Hurricane Charlie in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
ThermaSteel panels are constructed of structural grade steel and rigid expanded polystyrene (EPS). The ThermaSteel SSIP is impervious to water and rain damage, even if strong winds manage to remove the structure’s exterior coverings. The integrated Steel SIP system doesn’t allow strong winds to grab hold of any element to loosen it and open up the housing envelope. The steel SIPs are extremely strong; steel provides six times the strength of wood. Additionally, buildings built with ThermaSteel panels are much safer than wood in event of fire. EPS is not an inherently a flame propagating material and when exposed to flame, the SSIP produces far less off-gassing than treated lumber. Steel SIP construction provides safety and security with highest seismic rating available from the state of California. The ThermaSteel SIP building system provides superior safety, security, durability, and value. As a result, ThermaSteel SSIP structures typically cost less to insure.
SSIPs provide protection against problems associated with traditional wood construction including mold, mildew, off-gassing and insects. Buildings using a ThermaSteel envelope also have lower maintenance costs than traditional wood homes, and are built for generations, not just decades.
Hi-Tech Building Systems, a leading supplier of high performance building solutions, is a fully authorized ThermaSteel steel insulated panel systems distributor. Hi-Tech Building Systems President Robert Tomczak, with more than 40 years of experience in construction and development, selected time tested and industry proven environmentally-friendly materials to handle extreme weather conditions and protect against mold, mildew, and insects. The company’s network of knowledgeable, experienced builders and architects help clients and their existing team construct safe, durable buildings for residential and commercial use that are strong enough to handle extreme weather conditions in any region of the United States.