New housing technology

It is built with styrofoam panels

Marquis Construction believes they have found a way to meet their own needs and those of their buyers. They build with SIPs – 4 & 6-inch thick sections of EPS foam, like the stuff coffee cups are made of, sandwiched between sheets of galvanized steel.

The panels, 1.20 meters wide, click together with a T&G connection for quick assembly by workers. The foam is laminated between steel plates.

The panels, known as SIPs, have been around for 60 years, but only in the last decade have they entered mainstream construction.

“It’s a thermal and structural shell,” the builder said that homes are certified to withstand winds of up to 140 mph, making it hurricane-worthy. The absence of wood means it is inhospitable to termites. “There’s no food value there,”

Marquis says their customers “immediately understand the concept that a solid foam core home should be much more energy efficient than conventional. It really sells itself.”

In addition to energy efficiency, the steel panels provide a cleaner IAQ, mold-resistant environment. They have a 20-year corrosion warranty. They exceed Florida hurricane codes, are shock tested and are used for the construction of hurricane shelters in Ft, Meyers, FL.

Steel SIP construction reduces insurance premiums by up to 53% in hurricane-prone areas over wood frame construction.

Panels are readily and readily available for delivery in the Southeastern US with a 2 week lead time.

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