Development Of The Sipcrete 3D Panel System:-
The origin of this type of panel manufacture / system dates back to 1970s when an Austrian company developed a panel with a steel mesh placed on either side of an insulation core (Polystyrene).
The panels were erected on site then a concrete facing was applied to the inner and outer surface thus creating a monolithic structure with thermal Insulation. Other products were produced copying / cloning this technology, they are identified as Emmedue, 3D Panel, Tridi Panel Solarcrete.
ALL of the aforementioned systems however suffer from a serious defect in that they all suffer from thermal bridging between the inner & outer concrete facing, this leads to interstitial condensation and damp spots occurring on the inner wall because of the thermal bridge created by welding steel wire every 7 cms to the external and internal steel mesh facings, thus creating a massive thermal bridge.
Temperature differential TD between inside the home and outdoors creates the condensation manifested as black spots on the internal wall.
The other major Problem with these products is the high Investment needed in plant and machinery to produce these panels.
In 1986 Tony Palmer the innovator of SIP Panel construction in Europe was approached by an American Humanist and Investor called Albert Huber.