The Zero Net Design/General Information
In most cases, computer is used to design and size each individual panel. The panels are then cut from expanded polystyrene (EPS). The inside and outside of the panels are coated with a fiber-reinforced concrete. The result: A strong structure that can last indefinitely.
EPS has a nominal R-factor of about 4.5 to 5 per inch of thickness, depending on climate. The EPS is a great material to work with because it can be cut to numerous shapes and sizes.
The system can be used not only for the walls, but also for the roof. Basements, including walk-outs, can be included on buildings that use the Zero Net design. The system also adapts well when builders want to add solar panels to the roof.
Beyond the energy savings, Zero Net will soon do testing to show that the system will provide increased fire resistance. This resistance comes from the fiber-reinforced concrete added to the inside and outside of the panels.
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