The C-SIP Building Solution using GFRC:
Remarkably simple, C-SIP using GFRC has only two parts. An EPS core that can range in thickness from 100mm to 400mm, depending on design and insulation needs, and a 8mm to15mm thick coating of GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete). Together these make a composite building system that is suitable for all portions of a building. C-SIP using GFRC offers great benefits to everyone, including architects, builders, and home owners. This composite material are lightweight yet extremely strong, thermal-insulating, sound-attenuating, low maintenance, exceedingly-durable and inexpensive. Nonetheless, these materials had limited application in the building industry in the past because there had been no practical means for predicting the structural performance of buildings using these composites as structural members. Professional designers, unable to calculate stress loads and predict how a building using these composites for primary structural members would perform in hurricanes, earthquakes, etc., were therefore unable to use these composites as structural members for buildings designed for human habitation. EPS makes up the largest component to the C-SIP building system; however EPS is 98.5% air, which makes it lightweight and a great insulator. EPS is also simple to shape and cut making custom features easy to incorporate. C-SIP reinforced concrete coating is sprayed on to the EPS at 8mm thickness using standard equipment, and then finished with industry standard tools like trowels. Most finishing materials (paints, tiles, cladding, etc.) can be directly applied to C-SIP. C-SIP is a multi-patented, composite building system that utilizes Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) as the core material for all structural members – walls, roofs, floors – that is sprayed with a composite coating (GFRC) made up of a precise blend of sand, cement, glass fiber and other additives that, together, create a building shell that meets or exceeds all testing protocols and load requirements. Fundamentally linked to the installation and application of the C-SIP building method is FEA (Finite Element Analysis) analysis software that accurately predicts the performance capability of a building shell utilizing any architectural design under any set of climatic conditions.