FAQ

What is a Structurally Insulated Panel (SIP)?

A structurally insulated panel is a sandwich panel, a core material sandwiched between two laminates. Its principle performances are as an insulator and as a form that allows the build of a self supporting structure.

Why choose SIP’s over traditional?

Typically SIP panels are manufactured in a controlled environment which optimises the ability to introduce stricter quality control procedures as well as create in a more automated and faster method than that of onsite, traditional build techniques. When coupled with the latest design and fast build techniques, a SIP build system delivers much better quality and performance with less onsite impact and shorter delivery/build times.

Why Vitromite over other manufacturers?

The Vitromite SIP panel is much different to most SIP panels on the market in that we utilise an Aggregate (Glass Bead) as part of the structural core versus most that use a non-structural Urethane Foam. Our surface material is also a composite material that is designed to resist fire, mould, moisture, fatigue, freeze thaw, thermal, wear and impact, including ballistic and munitions. Other traditional SIP materials such as OSB, Chip Board, Plywood and Laminated Woods do not stand up to these aggressors. Our system of build and focus on performance stands us apart from most traditional SIP systems.

Has your system been tested and certified?

Vitromite is tried and tested in the harshest of locations from the heat of the Caribbean and dessert to the frigid conditions of the Arctic Tundra. These harsh locations demonstrated the continued performance in resisting extreme heat and cold, as well as resistance to earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding. Our system has been tested in accordance with UK and European Building Standards. The Vitromite build system is also approved to build in North America and Canada.

How do you manage quality?

Our offsite manufacturing runs strict quality control, ensuring product performance and customer satisfaction. It’s a high tech, high volume, automated environment which allows us to produce affordable building solutions to volume residential and commercial builders.

What’s the average price?

Prices for individual projects, and multiple unit developments are available on request. The cost of constructing a typical 3 bedroom 2-storey house (including sub-structure, M&E, FF&E, energy generation and storage) is £1,291/m². The cost for a non-residential building, such as a low carbon school in £1,500/m² GFA.

Is a certain foundation type required?

Our build system can be built on strip foundations, piles and used in conjunction with current ground slab construction methods. It can also be used as a thermal ground slab providing structural support to the walls. It acts as a ‘raft’ sub-structure, making it ideal for use on previously used or made up ground.

How long will assembly take?

Once delivered to site, the building shell can be put up in a matter of days. For example, a home shell can be completed in 2 days and a commercial 400m² building in 4 days, with inclusion of the Vitromite Floor System.

Will it be a noisy build?

With minimum onsite equipment and labourers, construction of the Vitromite build system has little impact on surrounding areas.

How do I maintain the building once it’s finished?

The build system comes with a 60 year warranty. Other than maybe the occasional wash down, maintenance is minimal, resulting in fewer expenses on the building. The high performance of the building fabric means very little maintenance, if any is needed.

How are electrics incorporated?

Services can be routed within the Vitromite panel or surface mounted depending on the application. The electrical schematic is predetermined prior to manufacture. All of the outlet boxes and lighting fixture points are included from manufacture ready for the electrical to be installed.

How is plumbing installed?

All of the pluming and water services are typically distributed within the floor cavity. This method delivers easy access to all the services. Specific requirements of piping and services through the walls is available.

How are external finishes applied?

Most forms of traditional cladding and surface effects can be applied to the walls of the Vitromite system. Both mechanical and adhesion methods are possible and offer the customer the advantage of creating a traditional style and look, in-keeping with surrounding properties.

Will your system work with different windows and doors?

Yes, most door and window systems can be used in the Vitromite Build System.

Can paint and wallpaper be applied?

The Vitromite panel can be primed and painted with standard emulsions. Paper, vinyl and tile wall coverings can be directly applied.

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