Environmentally Friendly Materials
The standard outer skins of GP/W Greenix Panels are manufactured using Oriented Strand Board (OSB). This is made from young fast growing trees which are deliberately grown in plantations accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Young trees produce oxygen and remove more carbon dioxide from our atmosphere than mature trees and are renewable, recyclable, bio-degradable and non-toxic. The core insulation is Polyurethane foam (PUR) which is CFC and HCFC free and has an ozone depletion potential of zero.
Reduced Timber Usage
To make a product with the same strength, timber uses 20% of the energy needed to make concrete. Timber is naturally low in thermal conductivity and an excellent insulator. It is 15 times better as an insulator than concrete and 1770 times better than aluminum. A 1″ timber board has better thermal resistance than a 5″ brick wall. When compared with traditional timber frame buildings, Greenix Panel construction uses approximately 50% less wood, which all adds to the positive environmental impact of this form of construction.
High Insulation Value
Greenix Panels provide an extremely high thermal performance and R-values can be as high as R-40. There is minimal thermal bridging compared to conventional construction and the insulation will not sag or slump over time. The SIP envelope is designed to be draft free and is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This drastically reduces energy consumption which leads to a corresponding reduction of up to 60% in carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels for the lifetime of the building.
Building with Greenix Panels produces less waste than other forms of construction. The panels are engineered in a controlled environment, reducing the amount of waste produced on the building site and allowing unused materials to be recycled.
Green Building Programs
Building with Greenix Panels substantially cut home energy consumption, making it easy to reach Energy Star qualifications. Greenix Panels contribute towards certification under both the LEED and NAHB standards. An Energy Star labeled home qualifies for LEED credits in multiple categories.