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Comparing ICE Panels to Traditional Wood Products

August 24, 2023

In the construction industry, various products are available to construct the building envelope. Today, we will compare ICE Panels to traditional wood products and explain why they’re the superior choice for creating an energy-efficient building envelope.

When planning a new construction project, lumber is often the first material that comes to mind. However, there are some key reasons why other materials, such as the ICE Panel, are superior.

Lumber is an organic material that will break down over time and contribute to potential mould and mildew growth. ICE Panels consist of steel and EPS, both inorganic materials, making the ICE Panel a long-lasting, durable, mould and mildew-resistant material.

Lumber is often mass-produced, sometimes arriving at the job site with imperfections. These imperfections can create issues for the builder. ICE Panels are manufactured for precise construction, ensuring consistently straight, square edges. This allows for a simple assembly process for an ICE Panel building envelope, with a two-person team being all that’s needed to stand a panel.

Lumber only covers the framing portion of the building envelope, whereas ICE Panels combine the framing, insulation, and vapour barrier steps into one streamlined process. Combining these three portions of the construction process saves significant time at the job site.

Lumber is highly flammable and not ideal in situations involving fire. On the other hand, ICE Panels are a reliable solution for both load-bearing and non-load-bearing assemblies with fire ratings of up to 1 or 2 hours. Even in the event of flame exposure, ICE Panels have proven to contain fires effectively, resulting in minimal to no damage to nearby vehicles from the heat.

If you’d like to learn more about ICE Panels, connect with our customer service team by calling 204-726-1426 or by sending us a message – click here to complete our contact form.

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