The idea of using stressed-skin panels for construction began in the 1930s with a research program considering methods of conserving U.S. forest resources. As an outcome of this research, in 1937 a stressed-skin house was constructed.
There were many converts to the new construction method, including Frank Lloyd Wright who used this construction method to develop over 50 of the exceptionally innovative Usonian Houses . The intent of the Usonian Home was to create affordable housing, however it had limited success due to a design flaw – poor insulation. This flaw was rectified by Alden B. Dow – an architecture student of Frank Lloyd Wright – and in 1950, Dow unveiled the first structural insulated panel (SIP) and related construction method.
The SIP Construction Method gained widespread popularity in the U.S. and its release from patent in the last decade has resulted in a rapid development of foam formulations and manufacturing techniques, culminating in the Ozone Panel, the next evolution in structural insulated panel systems.
A 21st Century Building System
Ozone Panels are load bearing precast panels made up of two facades of OSB3 bonded to Polyisocyanurate foam. The unique Polyisocyanurate foam used in the Ozone Panel creates a light-weight panel with amazing structural strength.
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The Ozone Panel system can deliver a house to lock-up within a few days. How?
Not only is an Ozone Panel structurally rated, it also ticks the acoustic, thermal and bracing boxes in one step. The Ozone Panel also has encased electrical & data conduits.
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The Ozone Panel System delivers
- Thermal rating +4.0 (based on 120mm panel thickness)
- Excellent structural/mechanical properties
- 60/60/60 FRL when used with 16mm Boral Firestop™ (or similar) and up to BAL-40 with cladding approved in accordance with AS3959.
- Foam has zero water absorption with no odour, toxic mould or funghi growth (90% closed cell structure based on two-component density between 40 – 45 kg/m3). However the OSB facing must be water-proofed as per standard timber construction.
- Excellent sound absorption characteristics
- No adhesive used to bond the PIR foam to OSB
- Biologically and chemically resistant including protection & resistance to insects, acidic substances, corrosion, etc.
- Organic material with 65% of materials being recyclable and CFC free
- Lightweight ~21kg/m2
- Cost Effective when compared with other SIP products.