A Code Compliance Research Report has been issued for the accel-E Steel Thermal Efficient Panel wall system. The new report shows that the system is in compliance with both the 2006 IBC and the 2006 IRC.
“The CCRR provides the evidence, technical information and
professional evaluation that building officials need to determine that the
accel-E system complies with both the IBC and IRC codes,” said Andy Claypole,
president of Accelerated Building Technologies LLC, which developed and markets
the new system. “The new report provides designers and contractors with the
necessary documentation for them to specify and install this innovative wall
panel system on both commercial and residential structures.”
The report (CCRR-0121) encompasses the panel’s structural
performance, fire resistance, acoustical and thermal properties. The report was
issued by Architectural Testing Inc.
The product consists of energy-efficient structural
insulating panels, formed using a proprietary production technology, which
fuses the steel framing components and expandable polystyrene together to
create lightweight, easy-to-handle panels.
The panels offer a number of advantages over traditional
framing techniques and other panel systems, Claypole said. Since the EPS
insulation is fused to the structural steel framing, air gaps are eliminated,
allowing the STEP system to offer tested thermal values that surpasses the
thermal performance of other framing techniques. Since the panels are designed
specifically to each project’s specifications, on-site labor, waste and
disposal costs are greatly reduced.
The system also provides other benefits, such as reducing
the building’s heating and cooling costs. The panels are environmentally
friendly, sustainable and recyclable, which makes them a contributor to LEED
The report is available on the Architectural Testing Inc.
Web site atwww.archtest.com
or through the Accelerated’s sitewww.accbt.com.