What’s EcoShield?

EcoShield is a unique patented, pre-insulated commercial grade, steel framing system that consists of 18 gauge galvanized steel and expanded polystyrene. It is a cost effective, superior alternative to traditional framing for residential and commercial buildings of all types.

What are the advantages of panelized construction over conventionally framed buildings?

An EcoShield Framing Systems can be completed in 50% – 60% less time than conventional framing saving on expensive labor cost. In addition, an EcoShield Framing Systems is supported by heavy-duty commercial grade galvanized steel and is 4-5 times stronger than traditional wood framing. It also offers superior insulation/energy savings and is practically impervious to water, mold, mildew, termites and other insects making it a much more maintenance free building.

How are EcoShield’s Framing Systems different from wood framing?

Structural support is provided by pre-insulated steel framing members placed 18” – 24” on center and screw connected to steel at both the top and bottom. This assembly results in a wall exponentially stronger than a conventional wood framed wall.

Are there any disadvantages to this type of framed system?

EcoShield’s wall and roof panels provide state-of-the-art construction. As such, many builders may not be familiar with erection techniques. Techniques required for construction are very easy to master and instruction is provided by EcoShield Framing Systems certified trainers.

What is the cost of an EcoShield Framing System?

In most cases, EcoShield Framing Systems will be comparable to wood framing with batt insulation and depending on the buildings size, it could be less.

Is there an advantage to the 6 panel thickness for walls and 10 panel thickness for the roof?

Yes, this system provides the highest level of energy efficiency and savings (R-27 – R45) for a given wall or roof system in the industry. Additionally, due to our unique and patented design capabilities, a building owner can receive additional conditioned living space for little additional cost in the attic.

What does the interior layout look like in an EcoShield Framing Systems’ home?

Because the exterior building shell provides most of the load-carrying requirements of the house, there is a added flexibility in designing a building. In fact, the improved volume space offered by this system is a distinct feature favored by homeowners. Unlike most houses, the structure does not constrain your design flexibility.

What kind of exterior siding can be used on the panels?

Virtually any type of exterior application can be employed. This would include brick, stucco, stone, Hardie Board™, wood, vinyl or aluminum.

How are panels made?

A traditional building plan is submitted and then converted by our engineers into an EcoShield Framing Systems’ design. The plans are then sent to the factory for construction. Building sections are made to extremely tight tolerances under strict quality control conditions. The process involves chemically welding section of EPS insulation to steel studs in lengths and widths determined by the buildings size and design. Once completed, the sections are shipped to the building site for assembly by and EcoShield certified crew or other framers with experience and knowledge of this type of framing system.

Does the R-value of the EPS experience thermal drift?

No, when properly installed, the R-value of EPS insulation remains constant because the cellular structure contains only stabilized air. The R-value of EPS will not decrease with age. As a result, the thermal resistance, or R-value, may be used without age adjustment.

What are the physical properties of expanded polystyrene (EPS)?

EPS is an advanced formulation of lightweight, closed cell plastic foam material composed of hydrogen and carbon atoms. It is derived from petroleum and natural gas by-products and developed for high R-value, structural strength, and for safety characteristics.

Does temperature cycling affect insulating characteristics of EcoShield’s Framing System?

No. The EPS used in our framing system is able to withstand the abuses of temperature (freeze-thaw) cycling without loss of structural integrity or other physical properties, thus assuring long term performance.

Does the EcoShield Framing System use chloroform carbons (CFCs) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in its products?

No. The EPS used in EcoShield’s Framing System neither contains nor uses chlorofluorocarbons, usually referred to as CFs or or hydro-chlorofluorocarbons, referred to as HCFCs, in its manufacturing process.

What is the wall finish rating of the EcoShield Framing Systems’ products?

ASTM testing by an independent laboratory showed the wall finish rating of EcoShield Framing framed sections achieve up to one-hour rating with drywall attached. Complete information on wall and roof finish ratings is available from EcoShield Framing Systems’ corporate office.

What are the building code requirements for EcoShield’s Framing Systems relative to fire?

Building and fire codes vary from location to location; however, typically a 15-minute finishing rating is required for light construction. EcoShield’s product, with an interior layer of ½” drywall, significantly surpass this requirement with one-hour rating. Complete information on wall roof finish ratings is available from the EcoShield Framing Systems’ corporate office.

Do I need an air-to-air heat exchanger?

Air-to-air heat exchanges, and/or other types of mechanical ventilation are required in all tight houses, including those constructed using EcoShield’s Framing Systems. EcoShield recommends that air-to-air heat exchanges be incorporated into all EcoShield Framing Systems’ homes.

Does EchoShield’s Framing Systems offer good moisture resistance?

Yes. A study by the Energy Materials Testing Laboratory has shown that the EPS insulation used in our framing system does not absorb moisture, even under conditions characteristic of prolonged, cold, damp winters. The small amount of moisture absorbed (an average of 0.02% by weight) has little or no effect on comprehensive and flexural strength and retains between 95% and 97% of its thermal efficiency.

What skills are required for finishing EcoShield Framing Systems homes?

General carpentry skills are all that’s needed to finish a home constructed with Ecoshield’s framing system. Skilled homeowners can actually do most of the work themselves, subcontracting work out to specialized skills such as electrical and plumbing.

How is the roof finished?

Roofs can be finished with the owner’s/builder’s choice of materials including, composition shingle, metal seam, tile, etc.

Can exterior siding be directly applied to the EcoShield Framing Systems?

Generally, yes. Felt paper and other moisture barriers should not be used between panels and siding; however, an air barrier such as Tyvek or Typar is recommended.

Are windows and doors difficult to install?

Windows and doors are ready to install in an EcoShield Framing Systems’ home because of the exacting standards used to cut rough openings prior to delivery. The door and window units are set into the openings in the field using normal constructions methods. Then, the perimeters are sealed with expanding foam sealer, resulting in an energy efficient installation.

How are interior walls installed?

Interior partition walls can be constructed of either expanded polystyrene with steel studs, out of wood or steel 2x4s and sheathed with drywall, as in conventional framing construction. Where an interior partition wall meets an exterior wall, the edge stud is screwed into a structural support member pre-designed for that location.

How do you run wiring in panels?

Horizontal wiring runs are engineered into the panels prior to assembly, so field wiring is simplified. Vertical runs as needed or required can also be completed at the factory.

How are electrical boxes attached to panels?

The boxes in the field are screwed to the structural support members in the wall panels.

How do you run plumbing in an EcoShield Framing Systems’ home?

There will be almost no difference between plumbing in an EcoShield Framing Systems home and the plumbing in a conventional framed home.

How are the walls finished in an EcoShield Framing Systems’ home?

Walls may be finished in the normal drywall on the interior face. Typically, the drywall is fastened with self-tapping screws to the support members of the panels; however, some builders use construction adhesive in applying drywall to the EcoShield Framing Systems interior walls, enabling them to use fewer fasteners.

What is the best type of heating system for an EcoShield Framing Systems’ home?

Any type of heating system can be used; however advantages of this unique, energy efficient panelized system will reduce the BTU loading requirements substantially from what is conventionally expected. Where gas is available, 50-gallon hot water tank will meet all heating and domestic hot water needs. Therefore, work with your HVAC contractor of builder for recommendations.