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aquentium global power plus sip systems technology the building envelope of the future today

Aquentium / Global Power Plus SIP Systems Technology “ the building envelope of the future, today”


Description of SIPs

R-value of SIPs

General Benefits of SIPs

Owner Benefits

Architectural Benefits

Builder Benefits

gp p aquentium structural insulated panel summary
GPP/AQUENTIUM Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are prefabricated insulated structural elements for use in building walls, ceilings, floors and roofs. They are made in a factory and shipped to job sites to replace conventional stud or "stick frame" construction. SIPs may be called foam-core panels, stress-skin panels, sandwich panels, or structural foam panels.Our SIPs are engineered laminated panels with solid foam cores and structural sheathing on each side. The most common types of sheathing or skins materials are oriented strand board (OSB).  GPPAQNM manufacture panels with fiber-cement sheathing that provide higher strength and waterproofing.



The sizes and thickness of the GPPAQNM SIPs (structural insulated panel) system of a polystyrene core with cement sheet skins used for modern house roofs and walls to build an efficient green thermal home are:

Measurements are in metric (centimeters) unless marked for inches (“) or feet(‘).

The building products available in the GPPAQNM SIPs system are: SIP wall panels, SIP roof or floor panels, cement sheet splines, fiber cement screws and construction glue. We can also help you source the timber and finishing products like base and top coat.

expanded polystyrene eps
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
  • Molded expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam plastic insulation for building construction applications.
  • The rigid closed cellular structure of EPS insulation:
    • Does not contain any ozone depleting chemicals
    • Provides long term thermal resistance, strength & stiffness and resists water absorption.
  • EPS insulation is structurally bonded between two Fiber Cement panels to create a Structural Insulated Panel (SIP).
what is r value
What is R-Value?
  • The measure of the capacity of a material, such as insulation, to impede heat flow, with increasing values indicating a greater capacity.
  • The overall R-Value for standard 6 ½” GPPAQNM Wall Panel is 25.47
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  • R-Value table that is worth checking out.
what r values do sips have
What R-values do SIPs have?
  • The R-value of a SIP varies depending on the thickness and type of foam core used.
  • SIPs perform better than traditional systems because they are manufactured in a controlled environment characterized by uniform fabrication of components without gaps or air pockets.
  • They are also designed for efficient field installation that reduces air infiltration, and there are fewer thermal breaks or penetrations in the panels that are typical of wood frame construction.
what is the r value of the aquentium panels
What is the R-value of the Aquentium panels?
  • There are three methods of heat transfer - convection, conduction and radiation.
  • R-value is the measure of resistance to heat loss by conduction only. The most important factor in thermal efficiency is the continuity of the insulation.
  • The GPPAQNM system results in a solid envelope of rigid foam insulation. Therefore, an structure has the ability to resist heat transfer by conduction and convection (air movement). It is reasonable to assume that a conventional home would require an R-40 wall and an R-60 roof to compete with a 6 inch wall (R-24) and an 8 inch roof (R-32).
skin material
Skin Material
  • AQNMCEMENT SIPs are typically manufactured of  reinforced cement boards, for inside and outside skins. The material can be taped and finished on the interior surface. The fire-resistive cement board eliminates the need for gypsum drywall.
  • The exterior surface can be painted or coated with a vinyl or synthetic stucco permanent finish. If siding or brick veneer is to be used, oriented strand board (OSB) can be applied on the exterior to accept nailing of siding or brick wall ties.
  • It is not necessary to have both OSB and fiber-cement board on one side for brick and stucco applications. OSB can be used instead of fiber-cement board for such an application.
  • The viability of a building material lies in its ability to consistently perform at a level higher than established governmental regulations.
  • Our Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) comply with all required California building regulations. In addition, they are completely recognized by HUD, FHA, and the VA loan programs.
  • Fiber-cement panels can have different finished looks, such as a wood grain, stucco, or smooth. With the smooth finish, stucco, brick or stone can be installed. Panels DO NOT NEED drywall for the interior finish.
  • Fiber-cement board would be somewhat higher in cost than OSB.  But the bottom line shows that AQNMCEMENT SIPs would be higher in cost for customized, complex layouts.
  • AQNMCEMENT SIPs can be used for below and above grade applications. They can be used to construct foundation or basement walls, floors spanning up to 16 feet between supports, load-bearing walls up to four stories and roof panels up to 20 foot spans.
details and connections
Details and Connections
  • AQNMCEMENT SIPs are fastened together with power-driven screws through the inner and outer skins into either cement board. Because of the strength of the panels, no headers are needed over standard size doors and windows. Connection details are similar to those of OSB-sheathed panels.
  • AQNMCEMENT SIPs are lightweight, and panels can be erected by as few as three workers, with minimal equipment.
benefits overview
Benefits Overview
  • So why should you build a SIPs-framed structure instead of a stud-framed structure?
  • The simple answer to this question is that SIPs provide more benefits than stud-framed structures. SIPs are also equal or will exceed state and jobsite requirements. US Department of Energy factsheet states that "Buildings made of SIPs appear to be safer than some other types, even in fire."
what are the energy benefits of building with sips
What are the Energy benefits of building with SIPs?
  • Environmentally Responsible.

Saving energy means less fossil fuel consumption and far less greenhouse gas emissions. SIP technology provides higher “whole-wall” R-value, tightens the building envelope, and reduces air infiltration resulting in Energy Efficiency.

  • Energy Efficiency.

SIPs can save between 40% and 50% on heating and cooling costs! SIPs keep costs down from season to season, year after year. The Partnership for Advancing Technology (PATH), a government agency, singled out SIPs as one of the best ways to build more energy-efficient homes and to meet their goals of cutting energy use in housing by 50% or more by the year 2010.

durability strength weight ratio
Durability, Strength & Weight Ratio

The weight of our SIP panels also assist in providing quicker building times. As pictured previously, two people can easily assemble the panel wall structures.

The following is the average weight ratio:

Panel Thickness - Weight/P.S.F.

6“ 3.47 lb. 8“ 3.61 lb.10“ 3.78 lb.12“ 3.92 lb.

  • Buildings constructed with AQNMCEMENT SIPs typically will last longer and require less maintenance than other types of SIPs panels. Fiber-Cement Board used as skins will not rot, burn, or corrode. It has a higher fire rating than OSB faced SIPs, and in most residential applications no drywall would be necessary.
  • AQNMCEMENT boards will not support black mold growth, and they have a high resistance to moisture absorption. They are rot and vermin resistant, and are not significantly affected by water vapor.
  • Our SIPs have undergone stringent tests to verify that they exceed the structural requirements of all 50 US states.
  • SIPs survive hurricanes, earthquakes, and even the occasional wayward tree with minimal damage.
how do sips react to fire
How do SIPs react to fire?
  • The solid foam core in a SIPs wall, fire cannot "run up" the wall cavity as in conventional stick construction.
  • The combustion gases of EPS have been determined to be non-toxic in accordance with the Federal Hazardous Substance Labeling Act.
  • SIPs have passed every standard fire test required of wood based or type V construction.
fire rating
Fire rating
  • A wall built with our structural insulated panels (SIPs) achieved a fire endurance rating of 1-hour when tested in accordance with the ASTM E119-00a Fire Endurance Test of Building and Construction Materials.
  • SIPs panel will meet all the requirements in the Building Regulations with regard to fire resistance when lined with plasterboard. These requirements are similar to those for timber frame construction.  A single layer will provide 30 minutes rating and a double layer 60 minutes rating.
enjoying a quieter and healthier living environment
Enjoying a Quieter and Healthier Living Environment
  • EPS insulation is an excellent sound barrier.
  • The naturally tight construction

of a SIP shell helps prevent

dust, allergens and pests

from penetrating the home.

insulation and thermal efficiency
Insulation and Thermal Efficiency
  • The foam core of SIPs provide excellent sound and thermal insulation and are available in different thicknesses to suit the needs of your jobsite. Homeowners also benefit from lower heating and cooling costs. In addition, the insulative foam acts as a moisture barrier keeping moisture outside during rain, snow, or any severe weather conditions."If you are not using SIPs as your core building material you are not serious about energy efficiency.“
  • AQNMCEMENT SIPs are as much more energy efficient than  OSB SIPs. And many other building systems such as ICF and Pre-cast concrete or regular wood frame.  Consumers often think that R-value is of primary importance, but effective air sealing is also significant. For the best energy performance, a continuous air barrier and uniform insulation coverage, with as few gaps as possible, are needed. Every air leak and every thermal bridge adds to heating and cooling bills. AQNMCEMENT SIP panels are air-tight and fully insulated.
installation work site
Installation Work Site

The installation of electrical wiring and plumbing lines do not require special tools. SIPs structures are more airtight, special attention should be paid to the design of mechanical ventilation to avoid potential backdrafts.

on the worksite
On the Worksite
  • Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) can greatly accelerate work completion on the jobsite. SIPs can be installed by fewer workers in a shorter time without the use of specialized tools or equipment.
  • Installation of SIP floors, walls, and roofs is straightforward and fast. Because SIPs are relatively light (usually less than 4 lbs per square foot), floor panels and first-floor walls can be sized to be hand-installed. Upper floor wall panels and roof panels are generally positioned with a light weight crane or hoist.
  • To customize a solution for you, we cut and fabricate, based upon your blue print design. The controlled climate in our factory reduces the time that building materials are exposed to weather-damaging conditions. SIP components are then shipped to your job site in larger dimensional sizes than other building materials, in a ready-to-assemble package. By the time the components reach the job site, you need only to install the components in place and the framing is done.
  • In the end, SIPs generally cost nearly the same as lesser quality building materials. The elimination of job site waste that incurs landfill fees, and reduction in labor costs due to accelerated construction schedules, plus faster dry-in times saves time & money that can be used for other tasks.
labor costs
Labor costs
  • Labor is a big part of construction costs. SIPs reduce labor costs because they require fewer workers to install and can be erected in a fraction of the time needed for a stud-framed structure.
  • Custom made and ready to assemble, these Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are pre-engineered at the factory and delivered to the job site as a complete package. With GPPAQNM Panels' custom designed system and pre-numbered panel installation is performed with ease, allowing for a considerable reduction of on-site time, on-site labor, and the length of time the Structural Insulated Panels are exposed to outside elements.
  • The Structural Insulated Panel system is a sectional portion of the floors, walls, ceiling and/or roof consisting of a 6 to 12 inch core panels of Expanded Polystyrene laminated between two layers of (Fiber Cement) or other engineered materials. These panels are pre-manufactured as specified and assembled on site.
  • The Structural Insulated Panel system easily reduces on-site labor by up to 40%.
design flexibility
Design flexibility
  • SIPs are more than just a prefabricated box.
  • You can create a very visually appealing structure that incorporates angles, curves, exaggerated perspectives, or an unlimited number of innovative and aesthetic building design plans. The options are endless.
more benefits
More Benefits…
  • Strength.

SIPs are much stronger than conventional construction methods.

SIPs structural characteristics are similar to a steel I-beam.

Test results and natural disasters have proven that panels are stronger. Homes built with SIPs withstood the Great Hanshin (Kobe, Japan) and North Ridge earthquakes, as well as Hurricane Andrew in the SE U.S.

  • Fire Resistance.

SIPs have passed every standard fire test required of wood based or

type V construction.

The key element of fire safety is the protection of the SIPs and any other underlying structure with 15-minute thermal barriers, such as gypsum wallboard.

  • Ventilation.

In many areas ventilation is a code requirement.

This system brings fresh air into the building and exhaust moisture laden and stale air to the outside. Often they combine with filter systems or other fresh air devices.

more benefits1
More Benefits…..
  • Ready to assemble.
  • Accurate and complete design documentation.
  • Precise manufacturing of components.
  • Site assembly drawings provided
  • Precut SIPs
  • Installed lumber wherever possible
  • Precut post, beams, headers, beam pockets
  • Packaged for handling
  • Assembly Accessories
  • Substantial reduction in the build cycle time
more benefits2
Save Time.

Residential and commercial projects are built faster.

Up to 30% faster!!!

The framing, sheathing and insulating are combined in one step.

SIPs are also made in large sizes up to 8ft by 24ft so assembly on-site is faster, framing crews are far more productive, and the project is “dried-in sooner.

Labor savings resulting from shorter construction time and less job-site waste.

More Benefits…
homeowner benefits
Homeowner Benefits
  • Energy efficiency - by far the biggest benefit of the SIP system. Save 40% to 60% on both heating and cooling costs - forever!
  • The perimeter of a SIPs home is wrapped in EPS insulation without the thermal breaks that are present in conventional 2x framing. Also, EPS insulation maintains its integrity over time, whereas batt insulation settles and absorbs moisture.
  • The University of Tennessee and the US Department Of Energy compared 5 different building systems for clear-wall R-value verses whole-wall R-value. The test concluded that SIPs maintain 88% of their clear-wall performance after whole-wall R-value is measured, 58% better than 2x6 stick-framing.
homeowner benefits before after
HomeOwner Benefits: before & After
  • More comfortable living.
  • Environmentally responsible.
  • Quality product.
  • Energy efficiency.
  • Safety and security.
  • Architectural flexibility.
  • Project management process.
according to the nahb
According to the NAHB
  • 14,600 green homes were built in 2004, up from 2,500 in 2000.
architect benefits
Architect Benefits:
  • Ability to specify reliable Insulating building systems as part of a "Highest Performing BUILDING SYSTEM."
  • Less time can be spent developing construction details plans and drawings using our system. Weather tightness is achieved in less time.
  • Allows managing your schedule to incorporate the personal touches to each of your clients desires and wishes on their projects.
  • You can handle more projects by specifying our building system. Group & Master Planned Projects lay up faster.
  • Part of "green community". Our systems improve energy efficiency and reduces HVAC requirements. Greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global warming are reduced.
sip builder s benefits
SIP Builder's Benefits:
  • They get paid sooner.
  • Less overall time on the job site.
  • They can build more projects.
  • Training and inspections go faster.

Bid on larger projects with less overhead and labor.

more builders benefits
More Builders Benefits..
  • Faster construction to a secure weather-tight insulated shell.
  • Better control over costs and scheduling.
  • Reduce total project overhead costs.
  • ROI is increased due to earlier completion.
  • 30% reduction of skilled and unskilled labor.
  • Sub-trades get in faster.
  • Reduces site theft.
what is green building
What is green building?
  • Green buildings (sustainable buildings) are buildings that meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. They are designed to use our environmental resources wisely.
  • Green building employs materials and methods which reduce the depletion of non-renewable resources, and encourages innovations like recycling and pollution reduction.
is the aquentium system code approved and warrantee
Is the Aquentium system code approved and warrantee?
  • GPPAQNM is approved by HUD, and International Code Council (ICC). Our panels have been tested by RADCO, an independent third party testing agency, for strength and performance.
  • offers a limited lifetime warranty against panel delamination.
low rise commercial multi use and institutional buildings
Low-rise commercial / multi-use and institutional buildings
  • SIPs have been used to create many different types of commercial buildings including offices, stores, and restaurants.
special community projects
Special community projects
  • What else can you build with SIPs?
  • How about a church?
  • A resort?
  • Maybe an entire housing complex?
  • The possibilities are nearly limitless.
do gppaqnm sips contain harmful chemicals
Do GPPAQNM SIPs contain harmful chemicals?
  • GPPAQNM SIPs have been tested for the presence of formaldehyde by a state university and no traces were detected.
  • DO NOT produce off-gassing of harmful chemicals such as CFC's.
  • Our SIPs are technically inert and pose no threat of danger to people or the atmosphere.
how do you hard wire an aquentium structure
How do you hard wire an Aquentium structure?
  • A patented electrical chase is factory placed in the panels wherever indicated on your custom blue prints. All chases are marked on the interior sheathing of the panels for easy identification. Electricians, using a standard fish tape, feed the wires through panel chases without causing any compressing of insulation or drilling through studs.
  • Also includes a detailed electrical guide within our construction guide for your electrician. The roof panels are pre-wired in the factory per your plan.
  • When exterior wall vent pipes are necessary, chases can be formed in the foam cores.
how do you ventilate an gppaqnm roof
How do you ventilate an GPPAQNM roof?
  • A ventilated roof is not necessary in most climates as once was thought. Since our roof results in an open or vaulted ceiling, the opportunity for a "hot attic" does not exist.
  • Both Elk Shingle and CertainTeed Shingle warranty their shingles over the Roof system with or without ventilation.
how do you control pests in sips
How do you control pests in SIPs?
  • The foam insulation of SIPs provides no nutritional value for ants, termites, etc. While some panel manufacturers offer borate treated foam, unless the exterior sheathing is also treated, it is not an effective deterrent.
  • If such pests are a problem in your area, you should rely on standard preventative measures (such as spraying the building's perimeter).
how do you control moisture in a sips building
How do you control moisture in a SIPs building?
  • Our structures are is so air tight we recommend the use of an air exchanger. In fact, many state building codes require an air exchanger in all new construction (regardless of the type of building materials used).
  • Air exchangers control humidity and create a healthier living environment.
  • Also recommends the use of a moisture barrier wrap and seam tape.
how does the cost of a sip structure compare to stick built
How does the cost of a SIP structure compare to stick-built?
  • Depending upon the cost of labor and materials in your local area, the finished cost of an GPPAQNM SIP structure is comparable to stick framing. Material cost may be slightly higher, but the framing labor costs will be lower.
  • The real savings is realized after your building is completed and you can begin to save 50% or more on heating and cooling costs, and you will continue to save for as long as you live in your home.
contact information
Contact Information
  • Tomas Alvarez
  • USA Telephone: (805) 341-4620
  • Email: [email protected]

Aquentium / GPP SIP’s Systems Technology “ the building envelope of the future, today”