FAQS

USS-PANEL® provides assistance with cement applications and structural framing for engineers and architects alike on the job-site.

How does the USS-PANEL® Construction System compare to other building systems?

The traditional construction materials, that are Concrete and Steel (RCC), remain the best materials for structural strength of the buildings.

SCIP as generally referred to, the USS-PANEL® construction system uses the same Concrete and Steel materials but with enhanced properties and strength.

USS-PANEL® construction system economizes the use of materials. It can replace traditional building techniques and satisfy any physical and structural requirements. The use of USS-PANEL® system can reduce up to 40% of the total weight cost of construction compared with traditional building methods.

There are many benefits associated with the USS-PANEL® construction system. In brief, it is cost effective, time & labor efficient Cost savings generated through time savings can be evident through reduced labor, time to completion costs, reduced financing costs (typically 5 weeks on 2,500 ft²structure) and/or being quicker to market with commercial projects. Most importantly less Insurance burden to the Safety and Energy Efficiency. The USS-PANEL® construction system is extremely versatile and will cater to creative architectural designs. Additionally, the structural integrity and energy savings of the USS-PANEL® ® construction system will provide ongoing long term benefits for the owner.

What are the main benefits of the USS-PANEL® ® construction system? 

  • Thermal & Sound Insulation: Heat and cold transmission is reduced by 50% -70% through the use of SCIP - USS-PANEL® and its superior sound insulation keeps each living space a quiet zone.

  • Savings in Construction Cost: by using our lightweight EPS core sandwiched with a galvanized mesh panel, SCIP - USS-PANEL® construction system economize the use of materials and labor and offers economical option for construction of buildings that satisfies any physical and structural requirements.

  • Time & Labor Savings: USS-PANEL® goes up so quickly, precisely and easily that fewer masons and other skilled workers are needed to get the job done.

  • Environmentally Intelligent: USS-PANEL® is made of EPS foam and galvanized steel frame, so the system does not deplete forestry products. Furthermore, the high density expanded Polystyrene (EPS) thermal insulation core used in the panels contains no ozone damaging CFCs either in the manufacturing process or the end product. All the materials are also recyclable.

  • As a member of the Green Building Council: USS-PANEL® construction system can easily be used toward a Leed certification of a passive building

  • Financial Sensibility: Earlier completion means earlier occupancy. Fewer laborers and less equipment means a lower cost. Together, it means lower total capital investment and a quicker return on Investment (ROI).

  • Maintenance Savings: SCIP - USS-PANEL® construction system structures require minimal long-term maintenance, especially in areas prone to termite infestation, extreme weather and temperature conditions. Summer heat, winter snow, heavy rains and high wind, nothing gets through SCIP - USS-PANEL®.

  • Lower Utility Bills: Structures built with USS-PANEL® have experienced up to 50% -80% savings in electricity and gas consumption, made possible by the requirement of smaller and more efficient HVAC / heating and air conditioning systems due to lower heating & cooling loads. Smaller HVAC unit = cost reduction.

  • Termite Proof: The USS-PANEL® construction system is totally resistant to termites, insects, and rodents as well as to mold, mildew & fungi.

  • Hurricane and Earthquake Protection: There are many documented instances where structures built with SCIP - USS-PANEL® have survived the severest storms and other natural disasters. The SCIP - USS-PANEL® structures can withstand wind velocities of more than 200 miles/hour and endure earthquakes of 0.4 g Ground Acceleration or more than 7 on the Richter Scale.

  • Greater Acceptability: Since the USS-PANEL® construction system uses the traditional RCC construction materials that are Concrete and Steel along with an in-built thermal insulation core of high density Polystyrene, the finished buildings appear exactly similar to any other RCC / conventional building.

  • Additional Floors: Due to the light weight and easy handling of the USS-PANEL® panels the construction system is ideally suited for the construction of additional floors on top of existing multistory buildings, without over loading the structure & foundations. It is therefore possible to construct additional floors on existing buildings without compromising the safety of the existing structure.

  • Construction in Remote Areas: A standard 4’ x 10’ USS-PANEL® wall panel weighs only 46 Lbs (before concreting at site) making it possible to carry the panels to remote and high altitude areas where the traditional construction materials like bricks & C.C blocks are not locally available or are too expensive to transport.

What are the thermal insulation properties of SCIP - USS-PANEL® construction system?

The USS-PANEL® Construction System has been designed for maximum environmental comfort. The SCIP - USS-PANEL® structures will keep you cooler in summer and warmer in winter. The modified high density expanded Polystyrene core satisfies all thermal requirements.

The incorporation of high density shotcrete and variable thicknesses of Polystyrene ranging from 50mm through 200mm provides an excellent thermal barrier. There are few wall penetrations keeping thermal loss at a minimum. Further, there are no wooden or metal studs to transfer or conduct heat/cold through the exterior walls. Ultimately, the USS-PANEL® construction system can save up to 50% – 80% in heating / cooling costs.

Is the SCIP - USS-PANEL® Structure earthquake resistant?

Buildings constructed with USS-PANEL® construction system with a 8-10" finished wall can withstand earthquakes of 0.4g Ground Acceleration or a continuous shake lasting over a minute of 7 on the Richter Scale intensity.

Is the SCIP - USS-PANEL® Structure fire resistant?

A structure built with USS-PANEL® the Panels are non-combustible and has a minimum 1.5-hour fire rating and a higher rating can easily be attained. The fire resistance increases with thicker layer of shotcrete applied on each face of the panel. Thus, structures built with USS-PANEL® are virtually fire resistant.

What are the load bearing capabilities of USS-PANEL® structure?

The traditional brick / block walls and other traditional systems cannot compare to USS-PANEL® strength. A standard USS-PANEL® with 50mm Polystyrene core using 2mm mesh wire, 8 feet in height has been tested at a structural load of over 78000 lbs.

How is the SCIP - USS-PANEL® structure secured into the slab?

Firstly, rebar anchors are embedded within the slab on grade / strip footing. The panel is then placed over the rebar anchors, through the open space between the Polystyrene core and the wire mesh. Once set, the rebar anchors are fastened directly to the wire mesh by hand or by mechanical tooling with tie wire. The rebar should be installed at a straight perpendicular angle so that it will fit easily into the cavity between the Polystyrene and the Wire Mesh at zig-zag intervals of 20 inches.

How is a bond beam-lintel made with SCIP - USS-PANEL® structure?

This is one of the major advantages of the USS-PANEL® Construction System. A bond beam-lintel is used to create large openings, or to strengthen large areas of ceiling or to help support roof structure. By simply adding rebar at the bottom of the lintels most of the bigger openings can be accommodated.

In some cases, removing the Polystyrene core, or part of it and installing rebar creates the bond beam.

How are the electrical and plumbing components installed?

The electrical conduits and plumbing pipes are installed by removing a part of Polystyrene core with a torch or heat gun, to create a cavity for the electrical conduit or plumbing piping. Approximately 1½" of the Polystyrene off the wire mesh is removed. If a greater opening is required, it can be removed with a small keyhole saw or butane torch. The Polystyrene will not burn; it will shrink or melt leaving a cavity. The electrical or plumbing is then installed into the cavity.

How are windows and doors installed?

The window and door openings may be cut out before or after wall installation with a pre-frame the size of the window to be installed, by the use of a reciprocating saw or a grinder / cutter. Once placed the U-Mesh around the opening 3 inches of the EPS can be removed and filled with concrete and windows or door can be mounted directly into the concrete opening.

How do you build curved or radius walls with SCIP - USS-PANEL® ?

Curved and radius walls can be installed by cutting the wire mesh on one side of the panel. This will allow the panel to bend to the desired shape or radius. The cut mesh is then reinforced with additional mesh flat pieces.

How is the shotcrete mix applied to the SCIP - USS-PANEL® ?

A formula (concrete and sand) mix of shotcrete is applied with a hopper like Tigre Sprayer or shotcrete equipment on either side of the panel. The quality of the simple mix design, concrete slump, can also be enriched with retarded factor, waterproofing additives, concrete pump and adequate trained workmanship are all equally important factors for a smooth shotcrete operation. There is a great versatility of plaster & stucco finishes available for both the interior and exterior walls. Additional product such as paints, stone / brick cladding and other finishes may be applied on top of the finished concrete at quicker and material savings while the concrete is wet.