PPG is prepared to provide and build homes and other structures using the FIRST Building System, a patent approved process which utilizes expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), a non-
The FIRST Building System entirely eliminates lath and any wire reinforcing found in typical EPS-
Instead of the “structural liability” caused by the traditional stucco system, FIRST mix provides the strength to the structure, and bonds directly to the EPS substrate. The exo-
The FIRST Building System has been tested in independent laboratories under engineering supervision as well as in the field with prototype building constructions. With the sophisticated use of computer aided drafting and design (CADD), PPG has developed a design and fabrication system which will revolutionize building methods, increase the speed of construction, and reduce construction costs.
Our specially blended FIRST material exhibits properties of very high tensile and flexural strength, while maintaining high compression. It is also water repellant and fire spread resistant. It cures very quickly, even in wet climates. As an added benefit FIRST mix is non-
The test program for FIRST Building System was initiated for two basic reasons: (I) to measure the strengths and certain characteristics of the revolutionary building system; and (II) to predict the performance of the product under varying conditions. In addition to ongoing prototyping and on site testing, FIRST has been subject to independent laboratories that have been recognized and certified by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO). In particular, the Evaluation Service (“ES”), a subsidiary of ICBO, develops and publishes building codes for use within the United States known as the Uniform Building Code (“UBC”). ES reviews testing data from independent laboratories certified by ICBO, employing established testing procedures as directed by American Society for Testing and Materials.
There are two primary categories of testing. The first is the “Material Testing”, which examines the FIRST mix itself, the material that creates the skin of the building, both inside and outside, creating structural strength. The second category of testing, called “Structural System Testing”, examines the FIRST Building System and its parts. The components that comprise the FIRST Building system are assembled in various configurations, and are then subjected to tests showing how well the parts perform together.
Using the data accumulated from the two categories of testing, Engineering Analysis calculates the strength of a FIRST structure based upon established engineering methodology. In short, the analysis explains how and why the FIRST Building System works. Specifications will vary for different markets and applications, so that the testing of the FIRST Home Building System is an ongoing part of the research and development. Prior to entry into any market, it is anticipated that a fresh round of testing will be undertaken to satisfy local requirements and to account for local conditions and materials.
The population growth in the 20th century is unprecedented. Concurrent with this growth, the critical demand for housing has grown and remains largely unfulfilled. Many countries have now acknowledged the desperate condition and have committed funds and resources to address the plight of squatters and the homeless. They must find a way to supply affordable housing to their people. PPG was formed to market and build the FIRST Building System 21st century homes to meet this challenge.
PPG using this unique method of building, can construct a house in less than seven working days. This building efficiency will necessarily provide extraordinary savings in labor costs, capital requirements, and financing costs.
Moreover, the innate properties of the EPS foam we employ creates homes that are naturally warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The overall energy and maintenance savings for communities designed and built by PPG using FIRST will be most significant, and will pay back the total initial investment over the life of the house. Perhaps the best of all, no wood is required, so no forests will be depleted in our ventures.
6 comparisons between FIRST and traditional construction.