TILT-UP INSULTATED PANEL SYSTEM (TIPS)
At Innovative Structural Solutions (Innstruct) we have developed a process that utilizes our Innstruct Structural Concrete Insulated Panel (SCIP) to create the Tilt-up Insulated Panel System (TIPS) as the primary structural and insulating member in conventional tilt construction.
The unique construction of our Innstruct TIPS, featuring 9 ga. diagonal truss wires, 11 ga. face mesh with 2” x 2” squares, and 4” of expanded polystyrene, requires only 4" of concrete to be used in an 8” insulated tilt panel. The system reduces the amount of added tied in place rebar by as much as 90% and concrete material by 50% or greater depending on panel composition. The 4" of EPS in TIPS, when combined with the concrete shell, provides an effective R38 wall. The use of our diagonal truss wire is what allows TIPS to reduce concrete and rebar material to create a panel that is at a minimum 48% lighter and significantly stronger than conventionally constructed tilt panels. The reduced weight and additional strength allow for panels of up to 70’ in height and will significantly reduce crane and footing sizing. Also, there will be a significant labor savings and increase in production given the speed at which the TIPS assemblies can be constructed when compared to conventional tied in place rebar and insulation systems.
By using the Innstruct Tilt-up Insulated Panel System (TIPS), a lighter, stronger, and more cost-effective panel, and consequently building, can be constructed while still using totally conventional methods with no additional equipment or trades. These factors translate into increased profitability for builders and developers, as well as decreased operating costs for end users.
As one example, we wanted to compare material savings using the Tilt-up Insulated Panel System vs a standard 7.25 inch uninsulated tilt-up wall. We chose this thin wall to show that even when compared to the thinnest standard walls, TIPS walls provide significant material savings. The findings, produced by an independent engineering firm, are shown in the link to the right. Material savings will increase based on the thickness of the walls, and expand tremendously when compared to any other insulated panel.
It may be hard to believe the Tilt-up Insulated Panel System can reduce so much material while also providing an effective R-value of 38. The intrinsic strength of the pyramids within the galvanized wire cage is the "secret sauce" that allows all this to happen. Utah State University tested the strength of this system and their findings are shown in the link to the left. It demonstrates that no other system can top TIPS.