The Evaluation of a Patented EcoShield Framing System

The Patented EcoShield Framing System has evolved to its current state over the past 10 years. The inventor of the system realized that with the increased use of natural resources that were being used in the construction of residential and commercial construction that eventually an equilibrium point of decreasing resources would make it harder to obtain these decreasing resources for future construction.

In an effort to address and solve this problem, several obstacles needed to be overcome. Those obstacles included addressing environmental sensitivity, geological hazards, building code restrictions, sustained durability of the structures, increased structural life span, ease of construction, conservation of natural resources, thermal-bridging, effective mass production of the system, and usage of the structural modules in the manufacturing of roofs, floors, interior and exterior walls.

A major obstacle was in creating a product that would out-live the typical methods of construction, while at the same time being more cost efficient.  Of utmost importance was to provide a system that is better and stronger than the competition’s systems and that would also be able to provide the highest level of energy efficiency possible, without additional cost and expense.

Over the course of 10 years, a process was selected that would overcome the obstacles that had plagued the other systems in the past and achieve the following goals; the product/process needed to address ease of manufacturing, it needed to be easier and faster to assembly and finish in the field, it needed to be cost effective compared to other methods of construction, reduce the waste factor while providing the highest energy rating available and at the same time meet stringent building code requirements.

The first step in the selection of the product was a thorough review of other systems available in the market place. The review of those systems included a plus-minus review of the other systems positive and negative elements. Some of the competing products did not allow for any changes to be done in the field once the product was delivered. Other products did not come with any openings for door or windows requiring the contractor to retrofit them in the field. Others did not allow access to the interior of the panels for electrical openings or for plumbing fixtures to be installed. Still others could not be re-configured in the field if there were any issues with the architectural design. Others would not allow the panels to be interchanged or modified to fit in different areas of the floor plan if or as needed. Still others had a height limitation that restricted what type of structures that could be built, while others; that due to the components being used did not have the structural capability of doing extended height walls or using the system for floors or roof panels; or even being able to increase wind resistance due to the way the panels were manufactured or how the structure was designed.

The system that was developed and patented addressed these and other concerns. The end product that was developed uses interchangeable structural steel for the frame work and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) for the insulation value. The system has been effectively used in commercial applications with standing walls of 20 plus feet and in multi story residential structures. The systems panels can also be used for floor and roof panels without additional engineering or manufacturing costs. The system can be designed to meet or exceed a 150+ MPH wind resistance as needed. As to building code compliance the system meets or exceeds the building code requirements as set forth in the 2015 international building Code (the IBC) and the 2015 International Residential Code (the IRC). The system can be designed to meet the latest International Energy Conservation Code® (the IECC).

The determination of using Interchangeable Structural Modules allowed for the system to be used in a wider array of structures that the other system had difficulty even meeting without additional expense and sometimes were not even able to meet at all. This method of manufacturing was selected as the easiest, cheapest and fastest method of manufacturing and was able to overcome the deficiencies seen in the other systems. The system has gone through several years of Research and Development to get to the final end product that can be used for a wide range of structures. Anything from a small house to a large commercial project, from sheds to mobile homes, from temporary housing to modular housing and anything in-between.

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