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PlastiSpan EPS Roofing Solutions for Commercial Construction

March 31, 2014

Plasti-Fab_WTagline_surveyWe are getting to the final application using PlastiSpan Insulation, to improve the overall energy efficiency in our Commercial Project. The next step in the progress of our Building is the Roof Application.

PlastiSpan Insulation is a common roof insulation for all Commercial, industrial, institutional and residential Roofing applications. PlastiSpan is an accepted roof insulation for all Provincial and National Roofing Association warranty programs across Canada.

IMG_1945PlastiSpan Roofing Insulation is available in both FLAT and TAPERED (sloped) Insulation profiles.

  1. FLAT INSULATION is utilized for roof decks that are structurally sloped or as a base layer for tapered insulation projects where additional R value is required.
  2. TAPERED INSULATION is utilized for roof decks that are structurally flat and provide both positive slope to drain and additional R value. Tapered Insulation is also utilized for backslopes and saddles where water flow is impeded by various roof top units or where roof drains are located away from the perimeter walls and requiring a counter slope.

PlastiSpan Insulation can be used in a variety of different Roofing Applications.

1. Standing Seam Roofs

  • Allows a variety of profiles and colors.
  • Installs at any temperature
  • Easily installed over thermal barriers on steel decks

2. Built up Roofing

  • Economical for High Thermal Resistance
  • Fiberboard/Asphaltic board provides an excellent and familiar surface for the application of built up roofing
  • Easily installed over thermal barriers on metal decks or direct to deck.

3. Fire Rated Assemblies

  • Thermal Barriers on steel decks tested to demonstrate compliance with Building Code
  • Steel deck with suspended ceiling can provide 1-hour fire rating

4. Single Ply Roofing

  • PlastiSpan insulation can be loose laid for ballasted membrane systems.
  • Economical for high thermal resistance
  • Easily installed over thermal barriers on steel decks or direct to deck.

sloped_roofing02PlastiSpan EPS roof insulation is incorporated into a roofing system in order to reduce the energy loss through the roof. Building Codes require minimum thermal resistance requirements for various types of construction in various geographical locations. PlastiSpan insulation board conforms to CAN/ULC-S701 and ASTM C578 EPS insulation types. The choice will depend upon the characteristics required by the roofing system.

The insulation application may vary based on the membrane material used or the material and equipment used to apply the system. Application clauses specific to the types of membrane are listed in the applicable PlastiSpan Roof and Deck Insulation Brochure, available on the Plasti-Fab website.


Facts about PlastiSpan EPS Roof Insulation

  1. - Low slope commercial, residential, industrial and institutional.
  2. - Lowest cost per R value, in most cases.
  3. - Conforms to CAN/ULC S701, (National Standard of Canada for Moulded Expanded Polystyrene Insulation.)
  4. - Accepted EPS Insulation for Provincial and National guarantee programs. ( Various Provincial guarantee programs differ from Province to Province )
  5. - Proven track record, 45 years plus.
  6. - Available Nation wide.
  7. - Available in various sheet size, thickness and slope.
  8. - Stable long term thermal resistance.
  9. - Compatible with various roofing systems.
  10. - Manufactured in both Canada and the U.S.
  11. - Direct to deck acceptable in a metal roof assembly.
  12. - Contains no CFC’s or HCFC’s


To Achieve Energy Efficiency while increasing the overall speed of a construction schedule, you really need to be using the Insulspan Structural Insulating Panel (SIP) System for constructing walls in commercial building projects

March 17, 2014

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To Achieve Energy Efficiency while increasing the overall speed of a construction schedule, you really need to be using the Insulspan Structural Insulating Panel (SIP) System for constructing walls in commercial building projects

The same benefits that make the Insulspan SIP system an attractive option for residential construction make it a good solution for commercial projects. For example, while speed of construction can be a determining factor even in small residential projects, when it comes to large commercial buildings, the time savings are that much more enhanced.

DSC00235Probably the most significant reason for builders of commercial projects to choose SIPs though is their recognized benefit as energy efficient building components. Building large commercial buildings with SIPs offers long term savings in energy costs versus other construction methods. Some companies want to portray a corporate image of environment responsibility by building an energy efficient building. Building with SIPS helps them demonstrate their commitment to achieving energy efficiency in construction.

Typically, a small residential project will involve a designer, a builder and a homeowner, all of whom could well be the same person. There are some differences when building for commercial. Commercial projects usually involve architects, engineers, project managers, site supervisors, site safety personnel and general contractors. The process usually begins many months in advance and the duration of the project can last up to a year, or even more. Clear communication and project documents are important to the success of the project.

Demonstrating code compliance in commercial construction is also important. The Insulspan SIP System is the only SIP system that has code evaluation reports in both Canada and the US. CCMC Evaluation Report 13016-R confirms compliance with code requirements in Canada and ICC-ES Evaluation Report ESR-1295 confirms compliance with codes in the United States. With experienced technical personnel on staff, Insulspan is able to address construction questions and issues as they arise.

DSC00224Overall, the Insulspan SIP system offers a viable option for commercial building projects providing speed of construction, energy efficiency and code compliance.

For more information on using the Insulspan SIP System to build walls for commercial buildings, visit

Plasti-Fab EPS Product Solutions – March 2014

March 10, 2014
• Plasti-Fab
Product Solutions •
2014 •
& Events

Come in out of the cold!…

Insulate your home with Plasti-Fab HD Hydronic Insulation for Radiant Floor Heating Systems. PlastiSpan HD hydronic insulation is an expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation used as the insulation component in radiant floor heating systems.

Hydronic heating can heat your basement or garage floor, and melt snow and ice from your walkways and driveways.

PlastiSpan HD Hydronic Insulation offers you ease of installation and a time saving opportunity to help you install a radiant floor heating system.

PlastiSpan HD Hydronic insulation is your first component in this system to minimizes heat loss, allow uniform heat distribution to the floor area and ensures the floor will be warmed faster. Different thicknesses of PlastiSpan HD Hydronic Insulation and tubing are available for your project.

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March 12, 2014 Home Hardware TAN Saskatoon Prairieland Park

March 13 – 16, 2014 Lansing Home & Garden Show -MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

March 14, 2014 Grande Prairie Home and Garden Show -Evergreen Park – TEC Centre

March 20, 2014 Edmonton Home and Garden - Northlands Expo Centre

Home Hardware TAN Tradeshow - Saskatoon Prairieland Park

Saskatoon HomeStyles Praireland Park

March 22, 2014 BC Log Home & Timber Frame Show Tradex – Abbotsford, BC

March 27, 2014 Merkley Supply Ltd MSL Show -Hampton Inn, Ottawa

March 27 – 30, 2014 Regina Spring Home Show -Canada Centre Building – EVRAZ Place

RONA 2014

March 11 – Laval, QC
March 13 – Quebec, QC

Consolidated 2014

March 10 – Calgary
March 12 – Saskatoon
March 14 - Edmonton

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Tilt-up Walls for Energy Efficiency Commercial ConstructionAnother energy efficient wall solution in commercial construction is the precast concrete panel option…. Multipurpose travel stop marks the gateway to northern CanadaValleyview, Alberta is often labeled as the “crossroads to Canada’s north.” In fact, an estimated 2 million travelers pass through…. Net Zero Energy Homes by Effect Home Builders
A video from Effect Home Builders has recently been released that discusses the benefits of owninga sustainable home.


Net Zero Energy Homes by Effect Home Builders

March 3, 2014

A video from Effect Home Builders has recently been released that discusses the benefits of owning a sustainable home.

Net Zero Energy Homes are able to effectively produce the same amount of energy as it uses, best explained during the video’s introduction that it is similar to driving a car without having the need to refuel.

Able to mix the right amount of balance of energy production and consumption, the video also explains the steps how this method works, both on minimizing the energy use as well generating it through the use of solar collector panels.

Finally, the feature also introduces Edmonton-based homebuilder Effect Home Builders and their mission for helping provide homes that benefits our environment.

Check out the YouTube video below:

Multipurpose travel stop marks the gateway to northern Canada

February 19, 2014

insulspan-cutawayValleyview, Alberta is often labeled as the “crossroads to Canada’s north.” In fact, an estimated 2 million travelers pass through Valleyview annually, many en route to northern Alberta’s oil and gas industry facilities. It is no surprise that Valleyview is the site for a new one-stop travel centre that will serve as a gas station, full service deli and grocery, and a liquor store for both travelers and locals.

The 8,200-square-foot Valleyview Travel Centre was designed to resemble a turn of the century train station, with a wraparound porch and authentic roof dormers. When builder Todd Teolis of AWP Contractors received the plans for the travel centre, he knew immediately that the hip roof and large dormers posed a framing nightmare.

valleyview travel centre

“To stick frame and insulate the roof wouldn’t have been impossible, but it would have been a challenge,” said Teolis, an experienced timber framer and general contractor based in St. Albert, Alberta.

With his background in timber framing, Teolis knew that the Insulspan Structural Insulating Panel (SIP) system would simplify the roof construction. Insulspan’s time-saving, ready-to-assemble panels arrived at the jobsite pre-cut and labeled for a quick assembly.

“[With SIPs] you can get a building closed-in very quickly and have less labor onsite or need less guys to put them up,” said Teolis. “It is just quicker and easier, and, at the end of the day, about the same price.”

For Teolis, the benefits of Insulspan SIPs extend beyond the productivity gains. Factory quality control ensures a straighter, more consistent product than onsite framing, with better energy efficiency as well. The 10.25-inch SIPs provide an effective R-value of R-36 that virtually eliminates thermal bridging and air infiltration.

Teolis commented on working with the Insulspan sales staff that “they did an excellent job and I would definitely use panels again.”

Stay tuned for next week’s blog on SIP Best Practices in Commercial construction and we continue in our commercial solutions series.

Tilt-up Walls for Energy Efficiency Commercial Construction

February 3, 2014

Plasti-Fab_WTagline_surveyAnother energy efficient wall solution in commercial construction is the precast concrete panel option. Also known as tilt-up walls, they can be easily and economically insulated by incorporating Plasti-Fab PlastiSpan insulation into the panel when they are manufactured. The panel can then be easily placed during the construction process, providing a fully insulated finished wall or floor section. You can imagine how much time this saves in commercial construction.

Precast-DiagramThe precast concrete panel is usually constructed so the interior shell of the panel is structural and will support wind loads or any other loads expected. Since it is insulated from the weather it will not be subjected to extremes of thermal expansion and contraction and will be a more suitable unit. The windows are mounted on the interior shell which is more stable. The interior shell acts as a heat source for the window, warming it and allowing for a higher relative humidity in the building before condensation occurs on the window.

How are the walls made?
The panel is usually poured exterior face down so any architectural details can be incorporated into the mould. Concrete is poured over the exterior shell reinforcing to the depth required for the thickness of the exterior skins, then vibrated as necessary. Shear ties are worked into the wet concrete or in some cases the shear ties are placed as the concrete is poured.

precast02Some designs require a bond breaker between insulation and exterior shell. 2 mil polyethylene will provide this requirement. PlastiSpan insulation boards are placed over the wet concrete allowing space for concrete web around perimeter where necessary. Reinforcing for the inner shell is placed. To complete the wall, concrete is poured to finished thickness of panel, again vibrating as necessary. The surface of concrete is troweled as required. The concrete is allowed to set and cure as normal, and then the panel is ready to be handled as usual.

The total thickness of concrete in the panel is usually accepted in order to determine the fire rating of the panel. Fire testing to verify this rating has been completed in other countries. Where the panels are designed for long spans it is desirable to separate the PlastiSpan insulation along the length of the panel to divide the flammable component into two or more compartments.

precast01Finish Solutions
A spray-on finish is standard for a ceiling finish on the underside of the panel. When used as a roof panel the insulation on the panel may be used to calculate the thermal resistance over the area to be covered by the roof. Additional insulation over the slab is often required in conjunction with the roof membrane to reduce the effect of the thermal short at the concrete webs. We will cover the Plasti-Fab roofing insulation solutions a little further along in this blog series.

To learn more about these Tilt-up walls as a solution to your commercial construction project, contact us today. 1-88-THINK EPS® or visit

An Energy Efficiency Story: A Visitor Center Demonstrates Top Notch Energy Efficient Design

January 28, 2014

insulspan-cutawayA nature conservancy visitor center demonstrates top notch
energy-efficient design
Building green was never considered optional for Kent and Kathy Lawrence. As the founders of Kickapoo/Mud Creek Nature Conservancy in Oregon, Ill., reducing the environmental footprint of their new Kickapoo Center was a priority from day one. The Lawrences wanted the center not only to serve as a meeting place and house educational displays for the conservancy, but also to set an example for cost-effective green home construction.

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“We had a specific functional purpose from the beginning,” said Kent Lawrence. “We wanted to get low energy usage and modern day ambient conditions at real market prices.”
To design the 1,200-square-foot center, the Lawrences worked with fellow Oregon resident Victor Zaderej of Solar Homes, LLC. “What I’ve found is that a well insulated thermal envelope is really the most cost-efficient way to reduce energy use,” said Zaderej.
The thermal envelope begins below the ground with 8.5 inches of PlastiSpan EPS insulation beneath the center’s concrete slab. Advantage Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) were used for the below grade walls. Zaderej then specified the 12-inch Insulspan Structural Insulating Panel (SIP) system for the walls and roof.
“The key was that we eliminated all the thermal shorts,” said Zaderaj. “SIPs and ICFs also do a really good job of sealing the home and stopping heat loss through air infiltration.”
Zaderej used the center as a testing ground for several innovative techniques to reduce energy use. His patent-pending solar roof uses a fan system to transfer the warm air beneath the building’s metal roof to a network of pipes in the concrete floor, where the heat is stored and slowly released. When combined with the efficiency of the super insulated building envelope, no furnace is needed, only a back up heat source powered by the center’s water heater.

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