With the cost and tight schedules of today’s construction, many designers are beginning to consider the use of insulated panels versus simple brick, block & mortar, tilt-up, or pre-engineered metal building construction.
The reason behind this move is simple.
Speed of construction: On a recently completed 450,000 SF multi temperature food distribution center that used insulated panels for all walls, the construction time savings were in excess of 45 days.
Cost: In most markets, insulated panels and all necessary parts associated with their construction will cost less than conventional construction. If supported by storage rack in lieu of a steel superstructure, it can be considered a rack supported building and depreciated as equipment resulting in improved cash flow.
Ease of expansion: Rather than building knock out panels or removing a block wall, these panels are simply relocated. Little is wasted and once again the speed with which the task can be completed is much less than conventional construction.
Housekeeping: Housekeeping is a necessary cost for those operations that require a clean environment. Anything that can be designed into the facility to minimize the time needed for housekeeping offers a direct payback. Utilizing insulated panels in lieu of conventional wall construction facilitates the cleaning process.
Temperature control in hot climates: Most dry warehouses/distribution facilities are either minimally cooled or not cooled at all. Using insulated panels in place of conventional wall construction offers a far superior insulating factor or “R” Value. As an example, our 4” panels offer an “R” Value of 32 while conventional block has an “R” value of 1.11 and brick an “R” value of .80.
Temperature control in cool climates: Insulated panels offer a uniform insulation around the entire facility. In pre-engineered metal buildings, the insulation is compressed by the superstructure thereby minimizing any insulation factor. Using insulated panels, you get full insulation over all walls and roof systems resulting in a higher overall R value.
Consider the use of insulated panels for all building needs. We can design the facility using panels to fit your need, schedule, and budget.