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The history of construction overlaps that of structural engineering and many other fields. From residential houses and mansions to huge skyscrapers and warehouses, the process of building has always involved culture, environmental consideration and the available tools and technologies.

article-2242634-165858f4000005dc-333_634x802Ancient building materials were perishable like leaves, branches, and animal hides. Later on, men discovers clay, stone, and timber, and, finally, synthetic materials, such as brick, concrete, metals, and plastic.

Another factor in history that influenced construction is man’s quest for tall and huge buildings that led to the development of stronger materials and the study of how materials behave and how to exploit them to our advantage. The growing interest in the construction process also paved the way for the development of powerful machineries.

Modern trends now takes into consideration the interior environment of buildings like air temperature, light and sound levels, humidity, odors, air speed, and other factors that affect human comfort.

By the end of the 20th century, ecology, energy conservation and sustainable development have become the most important issues in construction.

One of the children of 21st Century construction trends are the Structural Insulated Panels or SIPs.

597d91e7c4cb5326f3eb135d6e65cf3bThese are high performance building materials (systems) used for residential and light commercial construction projects. The panels consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two layers of structural board like sheet metal, plywood, cement, magnesium oxide board (MgO) or Oriented Strand Board (OSB).

The foam core are usually made with either Expanded PolySterene (EPS), Extruded Polysterene (XPS), Polyurethane or Composite Honeycomb (HSC).

Of all these types the most widely used in SIPs are the EPS foams.

The batmobile made out of EPS Foam
The batmobile made out of EPS Foam

Expanded PolySterene (EPS)

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is an innovative building material important to the design and structural integrity of many building projects today. Since the 1950s, EPS has been recognized as a mainstream insulation material. Now, EPS is a powerful design element and an ideal choice for green buildings, offering tangible environmental advantages that can maximize energy efficiency, providing improved indoor environmental quality and enhanced durability.

During my recent escapade at the industrial production facility of METALINK in Meycauayan, Bulacan. I was able to get an up close and personal encounter with a couple of versions of their Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) made with an EPS Core.

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METALINK who has been here in the country since 2001 prides itself with developing patented designs and technologies that produces products with unmatched elegance, enhanced strength and lasting durability.

They carry some of the most sought after roofing brands available in the market today like Euro Elegance, Euro Elegance Premiere, Metacorr, EcoRib, Eco HiRib, and their newest innovations, the StoneTile and Metakool.

METAKOOL

They call their SIP  brand as METAKOOL and ‘lightweight’ is the first thing you’ll have to remember about this product because that makes all the difference in the world. Imagine yourself building your very own sturdy ‘bodega’ in just one day! Assemble and disassemble in a snap!

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Metakool Rib Roof and Wall Panel

METAKOOL is an enhanced Long Span Expanded Polysterene (EPS) panel solution developed by Metalink as an economical alternative for superior thermal and sound applications particularly in controlled environments such as:

  • Cold Storage
  • Poultry Farm
  • Livestock Warehouses
  • Industrial Warehouses
  • Mass Housing
  • Temporary Shelter
  • Commercial Buildings.

Integrated with the new generation rib panel Eco-HiRib of Metalink and manufactured at the Philippines’ first fully automated and continuous insulated sandwich panel line facility, METAKOOL is formed with a higher crest to effectively dispense rain water. Moreover, it is a versatile material that features easy installation and leak proof properties, making it the ideal material for cost effective high performance solutions.

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Here is a summary of all the key features and benefits of METAKOOL:

  • Simple and Easy to Install
  • Lightweight Core Material
  • Waterproof
  • Fire Retardant
  • Effective Thermal and Sound Insulation
  • Closed System Serves as Moisture Barrier
  • Durable Even in Extreme Weather Condition
  • Stable and Durable Because of its Double Panel System
  • Odorless and Non Toxic
  • Cost Effective

Back in the 50s, an EPS panel is considered as space age technology. A revolutionary idea that has changed the way we build our world today. METAKOOL is a ‘NOW’ tool here in the Philippines and the construction world – the benefits of using one in your home projects and your business definitely outweighs the cost.

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For MORE about METAKOOL and their STONETILE you may contact METALINK Blk. 2 Phase 6, Olympia St., Sterling Industrial Compound, Meycauayan, Bulacan, (02) 365-3263 LOC 140/146/117, Mobile No. 0917-5322745 or Email [email protected]

Visit also their webpage at www.metalink.com.ph 

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