Energy Efficiency and Long-Term Savings With accel-E™ Wall Systems
Board of Directors for the Human Resources Development Commission of Allegany
County, Maryland decided a new headquarters was the most cost effective solution
for its needs. In particular, the organization needed its new headquarters to
decrease its occupancy costs – something they could achieve by erecting a LEED®-approved
facility that was both cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
That made the accel-E™ Steel Thermal Efficient Panel (S.T.E.P.) wall system an
attractive choice for architect Gary Moshier.
“I have always liked products that give you a better quality building envelope,
and this seemed like a good way to go,” said Moshier, a partner in Moshier
Studio, which designed the facility.
The accel-E™ S.T.E.P. system overcomes many common causes of poor energy
efficiency by fusing specially designed steel studs and expandable polystyrene
(EPS) insulation together into a single continuous panel system. This eliminates
air gaps and irregularities that can diminish the performance of conventional
framing and insulation.
Slots in the framing members allow insulation to mold through the steel, which
further reduces thermal bridging and heat transference, blocks air intrusion,
and adds thermal resistance. As a result, the accel-E™ panels offer tested
insulating values that far surpass traditional framing, sheathing and batt wall
S.T.E.P. system’s steel framing members are recycled steel, and are themselves
recyclable. In addition, the EPS insulation does not shrink, settle, emit
harmful gases, or contribute to diminished air quality. As a result the S.T.E.P.
wall system contributes points to as many as four LEED® categories – a fact that
influenced the HRDC board’s decision, according to Moshier.
“I think it was a combination of the energy performance, plus fewer joints for a
more controlled joining system than other alternatives,” he said. “Plus the fact
that these panels contributed to LEED points in the Energy Efficiency Category
was a positive.”
The accel-E™ panels are available in 5 and 8 inches, and can be produced in
virtually any height, limited only by the mode of transportation. The materials
used in the panels resist mold and mildew. Developed and marketed by SYNTHEON
Inc. (Accelerated Building Technologies, LLC), the accel-E™ system fully
complies with both the 2006 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2006
International Residential Code (IRC). Visit
www.accel-E.com or call 888-9-accelE for more information.