Load-bearing Kwik Build Panels are produced in a low pressure, molding process. They are uniquely designed with a complete thermal break to mitigate the thermal conductivity of steel construction. Panels consist of an expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam core, with embedded vertical steel studs on the exterior and interior faces of the core. Horizontal steel strips on both sides, at top and bottom of panels, are shop fastened onto the vertical studs. Door and window headers are embedded during the manufacturing process – saving you time, labor and material costs.
Panels may be used either in load bearing or non-load bearing applications for residential and commercial buildings. They may be used in buildings of Type I, II, III, IV or V construction, not greater than 40 feet in height above grade with 24GA studs, or as infill for high-rise buildings.
- EPS density in 5 1/2” panels = 1.35 lbs. per cubic foot.
- Steel studs: 24-gage, with G-90 galvanized coating, in compliance with ASTM A924-96.
- Panels: Load-bearing capacity of 5,105 lbs per linear foot, in compliance with ASTM E-72.
- Panels seated in 18-gage, C-channel galvanized steel sill plates, which must be secured to the foundation, and similarly capped at the top.
- The tongue and groove (T&G) interlocking joints connect panels to each other with 3” x 5” connection plates secured with #10 x 5/8” self-tapping metal screws, creating a highly effective continuous, yet flexible, moisture and air barrier assembly.
- Roof panels: Connect to support beams with 7” steel screws which penetrate the panel studs into the truss system.