Picture this: it’s a cold winter night, your thermostat is set to high, and you’re bundled up in your 3 bedroom bungalow. You’re comfortable and warm, but your hydro bill is overwhelming. Most people might think that a high utility bill is unavoidable in this scenario, however, there are building materials on the market that can solve this problem. There are ways to have your cake and eat it too, or rather, have a warm and comfortable home and some cash to spare.
This is where the ICE Panels come in. By building with this innovative product you can have a home with low energy costs, an airtight environment, and a faster build time — to name a few of the benefits. But how do you get started with ICE Panels? What steps are involved? What does the Greenstone team need from you in order to get the ball rolling? In this blog we’ll dive into the beginning stages of the Greenstone process.
In order to get comprehensive pricing for your project, the Greenstone sales team needs a set of preliminary drawings referencing a to-scale floor plan along with some cross sections showing the wall heights. This will allow for accurate pricing to be provided. ICE Panels are an engineered product, so there are many design variables that may affect the pricing. Building classification, wind and snow loads are some of the more common variables.
Understanding Your Project Quote
You’re making a big purchase, so it’s best to get a full understanding of your quote. As ICE Panels differ from traditional construction in certain applications, it’s always a good idea to schedule a call with your local Greenstone Sales Representative to discuss the price you’ve been sent. They will help you get a clear understanding of the project details, along with any trad- off values that you may experience in the process.
Permitting Your Project
ICE Panels are becoming more and more popular and recognizable, but in some areas of the country, building officials may not yet be familiar with the ICE Panel product. While certain jurisdictions are easy to navigate as they have created clear pathways for this to happen, others are more difficult as it is left solely to the building official to decide the way forward. Greenstone provides a full set of sealed layout, shop, and connection detail drawings for every project. In places like B.C., a schedule B-BC is required to satisfy the building officials and this is a very straight forward process. Other places may require a little leg work with your local inspector to determine exactly what they may be looking for. In most cases, a letter from the project engineer stating that the design will be in compliance with the local building codes is enough.
Placing Your Order
Once you sign and accept the project quote, you will be sent a deposit invoice and introduced to our logistics coordinator and project management team. In order for your job to be added to the queue and your lead time to start, all project information is required, such as the supplier drawings and information pertaining to building components that intersect with the ICE Panel assembly. This includes floors, trusses, timbers, beams, and rough openings.
Other engineered or prefabricated component suppliers may want to collaborate with Greenstone’s design team to understand how the different components will come together. We are always available to schedule technical calls and design collaboration discussions to ensure that the other building component suppliers have a clear understanding of how their components will fit and fasten to the ICE Panels.
This wraps up the first phase of the Greenstone project process. Stay tuned for part 2 and 3 coming soon!
Ready to get started? Give us a call at 204-726-1426 or send us an email at email@example.com to get your project started.