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Jeff Sims, PM, LEED AP “At The Randolph project, which is a new building consisting of (24) very high-end condominiums located in the heart of downtown Charlottesville, I experienced my first taste of using ThermaSteel wall panels. Like most contractors, I was hesitant at first of something new. At the end of the project, I was raving about the ease of installing the ThermaSteel wall panels and the R-value and STC value that you get from the panels.
The initial cost was worrisome for me because I was unsure of the amount of time it would require to install. What I found out is; once we were able to instruct the tradesman how to identify and install the panels; a crew of (5) men could install 500′ linear feet of wall panel in an (8) hour day. This product was ready for exterior sheathing and interior sheathing that same day. Also, there was realized savings in the fact that the walls are already insulated.
The developers were very concerned with every aspect of the building design. Especially noise transmission … I must say that it’s freakishly quiet within the new condominiums. There is no outside noise detectable … and this building sets adjacent to (2) city streets at the heart of Charlottesville .I also heard testimonies from condo buyers at how they were pleasantly surprised at how little their HVAC system would have to run. The R-value generated by these panels is exceptional. It was definitely a good decision to use the ThermaSteel wall panels for this project, as the developer was able to establish another selling point in a very high end building with the different qualities established by using these panels. Also, it was beneficial to us as it allowed us, the general contractor, to gain some time on the schedule from the reduction in framing time. I would strongly recommend them and will continue to pursue using them in further projects.”
PM Jeff Sims, LEED AP
The project was initially designed as traditional stick-built, and when we (General Contractor) suggested the idea of changing the stick-built system to pre-manufactured SIP panels, the Architect took this recommendation into consideration and made the necessary amendments. This change was not going to affect the design or integrity of the system, but if the Owner or the Architect would not have cooperated, we could not have promised the initial delivery date and budget. We suggested the use of ThermaSteel panels based on our previous positive experience on Randolph Apartments. In this project, ThermaSteel panels are used as exterior walls in a balloon-framing system. Since the panels were pre-manufactured and numbered off site, putting them together was like an easy puzzle which expedited the process immensely. ThermaSteel panels were not only easy to work with for the construction crew, but also were very precise. The deviation from the drawings to the actual application was 1/8 of an inch. There are no surprises with ThermaSteel panels! ThermaSteel panels are also extremely energy efficient (R value 32+ for 5-1/2″ thick wall and an Energy Star product), won’t decay, won’t feed termites, have very low sound conduction rates, are completely recyclable and leave no waste at the job site. By being pre-manufactured off site and being assembled on site easily, ThermaSteel system allowed us to shorten our critical path and to make up the lost 2 months caused by unexpected rock on site. Although the Superintendent John Woodson was quite reluctant of using this not-much-heard-of system, after working with it, he provided with a very positive feedback saying “I would use it all over”. John Woodson said that he was used to working with traditional stick-built system and was thinking nothing could be faster than what you know to do best, but ThermaSteel has proven him wrong. Being open to the new techniques and possibilities is the way to go! ThermaSteel panels increased the building’s value 1 Ok for insurance purposes because of their high R value. In reality, TS panels put money in your pocket more than that because of the saved energy during the use of the building. The amazing thing is that ThermaSteel panels almost cost as much as the traditional system would cost. First time to use ThermaSteel-5 men installed 234 linear feet of 5′ insulated wall panels in 7 hours. This was improved later. All the exterior walls of the project (3 story balloon framing) was completed within 2½ weeks. ThermaSteel panels don’t require a crane. They are very lightweight to carry and easy to store because they don’t require a special storage or a closed space to store.
Asst. PM Nida DeBusk, Int. AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP
On September 6th , 2017, the Caribbean Beacon radio station on the island of Anguilla was devastated by Hurricane Irma. The eye wall wind speeds of 225mph with gusts up to 250mph was the equivalent of an F4 tornado parked on top of our station for over an hour. Our shortwave feed line was ripped from the building, the 14 foot tall feed line support poles bent like rubber. The two 120 foot shortwave antenna towers were twisted, the AM combiners were hurled 700 feet across the property and the 360 foot tall AM radio tower fell like a noodle on top of our reinforced Thermasteel building. From the initial reports I expected a total loss, but when I arrived 5 days later I was amazed at the actual condition of the building. The concrete roof and eves were crushed directly under where the tower fell, puncturing the roof structure in several places. The steel I-beam bent and twisted under the tremendous impact, but held in place. Most any structure subject to that wind speed and compromised with a partial collapse would have come completely apart. Your building held together and did its job wonderfully. The structure stayed intact and protected the contents including our transmitters, switchgear, safety switch and generator. We will be repairing this building and our future plans will include Thermasteel buildings and room additions. Thank you for engineering the strongest building I’ve ever encountered. Staff-Caribbean Beacon October 29, 2017
Now that my house is finished, I am writing this letter to let you know what I think of your panel system. I have built many homes on spec over the years. After some research I decided to use your panel system to build at least one of two houses in Highland Park instead of using conventional 2 X 4 wood members and fiberglass insulation. I was convinced but l still used wood for interior walls and floor members, etc. WHAT A MISTAKE! Your panels are far superior to wood construction in every way. The walls went up quick and easy, even though my construction crew had never seen anything like them before. No new tools, and we learned how to use the product in a matter of minutes.
The plumbing and electrical contractors loved working with your panels because of the molded-in electrical races and case of installation of wire and pipe. The house finished beautifully inside and out, due to the flat straight walls that you told me was the characteristic of Wallframe walls. You were absolutely correct. It is very quiet and cool also. The A/C is not operational yet, and even on the hottest day so far, it has remained cool inside.
The building inspector loved the system and commented that he expects to see more of it in the area soon because of all the problems he has seen with the quality of wood lately. It’s so straight forward that inspection time and the number of inspections are reduced and simplified.
In June we had a 5.8 earthquake and I was in the house when it happened. There was no noise like most houses that squeak and rumble and rattle. Even better there were no cracks inside or outside after the quake even though the stucco was just 5 days old (normal cure for stucco is 28 days).
Everything I heard about your system turned out to be true and I am thoroughly sold on it. In fact I will be using it for another Highland Park project. But this time I will not use wood with it.
Thank you, George Caceres Davis
Your ThermaSteel building has just passed the most severe test that nature could have hurled at it during the recent visit by hurricane “Luis”. Anguilla took a direct hit with “Luis” as the eye of the storm passed immediately over the island on September 5th. The island sustained winds of over 175mph for nearly 10 hours. The windows in the nearby Airport Control Tower were designed to withstand 200 mph winds yet all the windows were blown out at the height of the storm! Needless to say, all eyes were on our new “ThermaSteel” building. The only damage done to the building was when a 40 foot container sitting on the ground some 15-20 feet away from the north wall, was picked up, overturned, and thrust into the side of the building. The two corner panels can be replaced easily with no affect on the structural integrity of the building. I am thankful it was not a brick wall structure! The million dollar transmitter installation inside suffered absolutely no damage whatsoever.
Gary L. Hunter – Construction Contractor, Caribbean Beacon Radio
We recently completed our all ThermaSteel home in Quitman, Texas, about 80 miles outside of Dallas. It ended up being 1,500 sq. ft. with 15′ cathedral ceilings. I’m a native Texan and have lived in Texas all my life. It is a well known fact that Texas can have the most fickle weather on earth…boiling one minute and hail hitting you in the face the next.
I have always lived in conventionally built homes and am used to $200+ heating and cooling bills per month in these heavy stress months. I was very anxious to see how my ThermaSteel home would benefit my monthly savings. To my surprise the bill for my first two months, July and August came to just $32. According to my calculations that’s an 84% reduction in utility cost over what I was used to paying. If you would like to have anyone call for verification please feel free to give them my number.
Don Bowles – A satisfied and happy ThermaSteel homeowner
I have been living in my ThermaSteel home now for more than five years and I have to say that it has saved me a small fortune in heating bills. I live in Radford, VA. It’s up in the mountains in the southwestern part of the state where it gets snowy and cold. I have enclosed some of the heating bills for the coldest part of the months and as you can see it doesn’t take much to keep us comfortable in our ThermaSteel home. In September our bill was only $0.45, but in one of the coldest months of the winter the bill was just $42.71. That’s what I call economical!
We love our home because it’s cozy, comfortable, and easy to maintain. We have never had a nail pop and our walls are as straight as the day we moved in. When the snow is on the roof you can tell our home is ThermaSteel because you don’t see the uneven melting of the snow like on the other roofs. If a person wants to live in total comfort economically I would highly recommend building out of ThermaSteel. Thanks for producing such a great building system.
I first used the Thermasteel product in 1996. I was very pleased with the product, both for the thermal insulation and especially the ease of installation. Even not being carpenters or builders, we were able to assemble the panels and finish the job. We had to learn how to do such things as anchor the interior walls to the framing and construct a second floor and roof structure. We used the panels for all exterior walls and roof. When the air conditioning subcontractor performed his tests, he was amazed at the insulation ratings. We did put fans in all rooms and an air conditioner was not required much of the time to maintain a constant temperature. We are in Florida, and this construction product was excellent. I have since sold the unit, the fact that it was construction of ThermaSteel panels increased the resale value.
I am currently looking to build another home. This year 2017, I looked up ThermaSteel and talked with them again about using their product for construction. The fact that they have been in business this long speaks well for them. We are working on design now and hopefully this month will have plans ready for an estimate. The savings in insulation, construction time and expense, quality and long-term energy savings makes this product a choice alternative for anyone.
Steve Moon Tallahassee, FL 32317
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ThermaSteel Advanced Panel Systems have saved clients 50-75% or more off utility and energy expenditures (see our case study on one hotel owners experience). Property owners and managers have claimed energy savings of up to 84%. The ThermaSteel REVPANEL System not only saves money and time during construction, but quickly begins paying for itself in energy savings. Testimonials