Can I purchase TRIDIPANEL 3-D/EVG panels to use on my own do it yourself project?

Yes, you can. However we do have a list of distributors and maybe one is located in your area and we would encourage you to contact them. They will provide all the technical support you would require from the costing and permitting stage to construction . Some even provide their professional services as contractors.

If you do not live near a distributor, send us your plans and we will provide a modulation and list of materials for free.

How are materials delivered?

If in North America, we normally deliver using open flatbeds, these can be unloaded via forklift or by hand as the panels can be handled by two people. If required to be strapped in bundles that is not a problem. The joint mesh is delivered on wood pallets.

If overseas, normally the use of 40’high cube containers is preferred as it fits more materials that regular containers. We have shipped all over the world, so don’t think this is a limitation.

Is the TRIDIPANEL 3-D/EVG System competitive in price to traditional materials?

Absolutely yes. Important to note that comparison has to done under similar conditions such as providing the same insulating factor, fire and earthquake Resistance. Other systems regularly require the use of different materials or reinforcing to be as good as TRIDIPANEL and once these additional items are included the per square foot cost of finished wall will be the same or more than 3-D. Also, the fact that you build faster with our product means that the overall labor costs should be less and the faster occupancy of the building will allow eliminating any rent you might be paying.

Can the TRIDIPANEL system be specified for bearing and non-load bearing walls?

Yes it can. This panel has many configurations (refer to our ICC report for more info) Also, our 4” panel can withstand 40,000 lbs. per liner foot of axial load; this should suffice for virtually any

application. For non-bearing walls, a thinner panel with less steel can be used, but maintaining the integrity of the structure and the insulation values.

Do I have to use EPS Polystyrene as the core?

Expanded Polystyrene is the material of choice; however we have supplied our panel system with other thermal cores like EXTRUDED EPS or PolyIsocianurate sheets for very special applications.

Is the TRIDIPANEL 3-D/EVG SYSTEM earthquake resistant?

All the testing performed at UCI in California provided the necessary data to suggest that any building constructed with this product can survive continuous shake of a 7 or even greater earthquake* . The exact result depends completely on the engineering study for the project and the application of all instructions provided in our manuals and by the Engineer of record.

Is the TRIDIPANEL 3-D/EVG System fire resistant?

Every structure built with TRIDIPANEL 3-D/EVG are non-combustible and has a minimum 2-hour fire rating and a higher rating can easily be achieved. The fire resistance increases with thicker layer of shotcrete applied on each face of the panel. Thus, structures built with TRIDIPANEL are virtually fire resistant. We have testimonials of structures surviving raging fires, even in California. We have also supplied Fire Rebuild projects in Santa Barbara. You can see these in our web page.

How is the TRIDIPANEL 3-D/EVG system connected to the foundation?

Rebar anchors are embedded within the slab on grade / strip footing, normally after the concrete is dry and using epoxies (always follow epoxy manufacturer’s indications). The panel is then placed by sliding anchors through the space between the insulating core and the wire mesh. Once in place, the rebar anchors are fastened directly to the wire mesh by hand or by mechanical tooling with tie wire. The rebar should be installed at a straight perpendicular angle so that it will fit easily into the cavity between the Polystyrene and the Wire Mesh. The type and spacing between these anchors is described in our manual or specified by the Engineer.

How is a bond beam / lintel solved using the TRIDIPANEL opening?

This is one of the major advantages our Construction System. A bond beam-lintel is used to create large openings, or to strengthen large areas of ceiling or to help support roof structure. By simply adding rebar at the bottom of the lintels most of the bigger openings can be accommodated.

In some cases, removing the Polystyrene core, or part of it and installing rebar creates the bond beam.

How are the electrical and plumbing components installed?

The electrical conduits and plumbing pipes are installed by removing a part of Polystyrene core with a torch or heat gun, to create a cavity for the electrical conduit or plumbing piping. Approximately 1″ of the Polystyrene off the wire mesh is removed. If a greater opening is required, we recommend using plumber torch. The Polystyrene will not burn; it will shrink or melt leaving a cavity. The electrical or plumbing is then installed into the cavity. The type of tubing or electrical cable is defined by your local building code. If copper is used be sure to protect with

plastic so it does not come in contact with the steel structure. Additionally, no matter what material you are using for your water lines be sure to pressure test at for at least 48hrs before the application of concrete. Always consult your local building codes.

How are windows and doors installed?

The window and door openings may be cut out before or after wall installation with a pre-frame the size of the window to be installed, by the use of a reciprocating saw or a grinder / cutter. Once placed the U-Mesh ( or Cap mesh ) around the opening you might need to remove a couple of inches of the EPS and be filled with concrete and windows or door can be mounted directly into the concrete opening. Some locations ( hurricane prone ) will require that the anchoring of window frames to the wall be specially treated, the Engineer of record should recommend additional anchoring as per the Window Manufacturer. The fact that these are embedded into the concrete makes it a lot safer than traditional materials.

How do you build curved or radius walls with the TRIDIPANEL system ?

Curved and radius walls can be installed by cutting the wire mesh on one side of the panel. This will allow the panel to bend to the desired shape or radius. The cut mesh is then reinforced with additional mesh flat pieces.

How is the concrete mix applied to each face?

A concrete and sand mix of mortar with a minimum 2,500 psi ( Please refer to our ICC report ) is applied with a pneumatic hopper, hand or of available shotcrete equipment on either side of the panel. The quality of the simple mix design, concrete slump, can also be enriched with waterproofing or other concrete additives depending on the region. The formulas might change region to region depending on aggregate quality and FM that is available. Also in our testing at UCI California we were able to prove that as long as the PSI is controlled, no matter how the mortar mix is applied, the result will be the same strong wall you desire. The application is normally in two coats, the first one commonly called SCRATCH COAT that comes up to the mesh. Then as soon as possible the second coat called BROWN COAT is applied to a minimum of 1.25” from the EPS core and as specified in plans. ( Please refer to our ICC report )

What finish material is applied to the walls after the concrete?

Basically any. Stucco finishes, just paint over concrete, veneers, siding, real or imitation wood, any material that can be mechanically or chemically attached to concrete.
Under controlled lab conditions. We have many structures that have survived larger than 7 earthquakes.

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