HURRICANES, EARTHQUAKES, FLOODS – STEEL SIPS ARE SAFER

EARTHQUAKES

The SIP building system has received a Class 6 Seismic Designation from the State of California. This is the highest designation possible for a building material. In simple terms, it means that the SIP system is more resistant to earthquakes than any other type of construction. .Not only is this system cost competitive, extremely fast to erect, and energy efficient, it will also provide safe shelter and save many lives during a major earthquake.

Because of this inherent strength, we anticipate wide acceptance throughout the Philippine Islands and other areas that lie on major fault lines. Because a steel SIP structure is basically a “one-piece” building when assembled, it has an extremely high resistance to racking and shearing caused by seismic activity. The EPS core sandwiched between the two steel skins acts as an I beam. This results in structural flexibility without deformation and resists the vertical and axial loads placed upon it by movement.

 

HURRICANES/TYPHOONS

Typhoons subject buildings to two basic types of damage: wind damage and water damage. Several steel SIP structures in Florida have withstood winds in excess of 240 kph (150 mph) with very minor cosmetic damage. There was absolutely no structural damage to the buildings.

Water damages in two ways, first, by the force of the water moving the building and second, by the water damage caused by flooding and water penetration.

Because of the steel SIP strength, they will resist more water pressure than any other building system. This means that your home will be less likely to wash away or shift off the foundation during major flooding.

Although SIPs resist water penetration better than any other type of construction, water may still get inside the house due to flooding. However, the water will not penetrate the core of the SIP. This means that when the house dries out, the exterior of the steel SIPs can be cleaned and the house is ready to live in again. There is no danger of mold or unseen deterioration inside the SIP panels.