Under a Charles Pankow Foundation and American Society of Civil Engineers/Architectural Engineering Institute advisory panel, the Federation of American
Under a Charles Pankow Foundation and American Society of Civil Engineers/Architectural Engineering Institute advisory panel, the Federation of American Scientists will test cementitious structural insulated panels (CSIP) in six- and eight-level buildings. Washington, D.C.-based FAS will compile technical information to date on CSIP; create a design portfolio of optimal CSIP construction; evaluate designs using computer simulations and physical test procedures; and, analyze the cement-based product technology.
CSIPs are an alternate form of structural insulated panels using cement board facing, versus oriented strand board, to improve strength and provide protection from moisture, mold and fire exposure. The FAS Building Technology project addresses the growing need for safe and inexpensive construction in the U.S. and abroad, according to Pankow Foundation officials. Named for Charles Pankow (1923-2004), a past American Concrete Institute president and concrete practitioner widely known for advancing cast-in-place and precast methods, the foundation has committed $130,000 for the study.
Addressing the need for safe and economical construction in the U.S. and abroad, study organizers affirm, the FAS Building Technology project promotes collaboration among scientists and engineers who specialize in building materials, structural engineering, architectural design, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency. More information about the project is available at www.fas.org/housing, or by contacting Monica Amarelo, [email protected]; 202/454-4680.