Energy-efficient magnesium cement skinned structural panels won
Innova, a Miami, Florida (U.S) manufacturer, the 2017 Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Building Excellence Award Winner for Affordable Housing.
The company’s Innova Eco Building System was integral in the construction of the Modernista House, an energy-efficient home built in Florida, an environment especially suited to the building product. In the hurricane-prone state, InnovaPanels© are tested for wind loads over 200 mph, while also providing R38 and R50 (insulation) ratings for the exterior wall and roof systems. The MGO cement skins offer a list of superior qualities that result in durable, healthy and comfortable buildings.
The panels are fire resistant, do not rot, mold and are not affected by termites. They also eliminate the need for drywall and additional exterior finishing, further reducing the time and cost of construction.
InnovaPanels© are used as a load bearing block, wood or steel frame replacement for buildings up to 5 stories. On high-rise projects, the panels are used as an in-fill, non-load bearing insulated building skin. The panels are approximately 60% lighter than common masonry block and concrete and provide superior insulation to these products.
The company says the weight reduction results in thinner slabs, transfer beams and smaller foundations which save builders time and money, and increase the overall performance of the building. The lightweight MGO panels can also increase seismic performance of most buildings. "We truly believe that our MGO SIP system is the energy efficient building material of the future," says Innova CEO Jerry Gillman.
The Magnesium Oxide Cement Association, which touts MGO board as the “better building material” has said, “MgO cement boards are made from minerals (which) people, plants and animals need to survive, have been proven to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and take relatively low energy to mine, process and use while providing superior resistance to damage by fire, water, impact, mould and insects.”
SIPA is dedicated to increasing the use and acceptance of structural insulated panels (SIPs) in green, high-performance building by providing an industry forum for promotion, communication, education, quality assurance, and technical and marketing research. The non-profit association promotes SIPs as an enabling technology to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge for net-zero carbon neutral buildings today.
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