Tropical Panel Systems, a leading manufacturer of
structural insulated panels since 1978. The panel core incorporates
expanded polystyrene, selected for its high insulation performance. The
joint design of the exterior metal skins adds strength and simply snaps
wall and roof panels form a continuous foam interface for maximum
energy efficiency. Insulation gaps are virtually eliminated.
There is less settling or compressing, less moisture absorption
or dust saturation, and considerably fewer cavities that permit
convection or air circulation than in conventional framing methods.
This system is also structurally superior to
conventional stud framing methods. The core of rigid expanded
polystyrene foam provides shear strength, while the exterior skins
provide tensile and compressive strength. The solid walls and roof use
all their capacity to support vertical loads, have exceptional racking
resistance and can resist local loads, buckling and bending. These are
important characteristics for resisting earthquake and hurricane forces.
panels are very light and easy to handle, which helps the job
advance rapidly. The internal locking system eliminates the
need for additional fastening methods at the joint. With just
a snap, the structural system, wall and roof sheathing and insulation
are installed. Construction time is considerably less than conventional
methods reducing labor costs.
All panels are manufactured to exact lengths, which
further simplifies construction. Openings for skylights, windows and
doors can be precut. Custom shapes for windows or building decor can
easily be cut right on the jobsite. Electrical wiring chases can be
included in the panel or the panels can be stripped out for surface
mounted runs and covered with a finishing material such as drywall.
The panel offers a wide range of design
flexibility, and has been used in a variety of applications including
in-plant offices, freestanding units, houses, restaurants, industrial
storage units, cold rooms, carport facilities and loading zone canopies.