Insulated metal panels (IMPs) installed on a building exterior provide an excellent thermal envelope. In contrast to other envelope assemblies, IMPs more effectively reduce thermal bridging. With the industry continually striving to build more sustainable designs, IMPs are by far the best and most thermally efficient product available today.
Insulated metal panels are typically double tongue and groove with the highest R-values per inch of any insulation material used in construction today. The facings are available in galvanized, and stainless steel, which makes them a great choice for food processing facilities.
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IMP walls offer six significant benefits over traditional materials, including:
1. Installation — IMPs (a single-component system) increase project build speed, minimize delays and decrease the need for multiple trades. Their solid, lightweight nature makes them easier to maneuver and position. They can be installed in all weather conditions and perform effectively in all seismic zones.
2. Integrity — IMPs have a closed seam at the side joinery, which makes them the ideal choice in food processing construction, providing owners with the easiest panel to face seal. Panels for cold storage construction include minor profiling in the facings (while providing required structural integrity and flatness tolerances) to make it easier to apply vapor barrier tapes and sealants for freezer application, eliminating the need for deep ribs that can allow the possibility of air and water vapor leaks.
Closed-cell polyisocyanurate insulation and self-aligning, double interlocking tongue and groove joints with concealed fasteners create an airtight and watertight seal to stabilize interior environments.
3. Energy efficiency — IMP walls provide superior thermal insulation capabilities specifically engineered to maintain interior climate control regardless of external weather conditions.
4. Sanitation — IMP walls provide a more sanitary finish that can easily be washed down and withstand harsh chemical cleaning. IMP walls also meet the plant owner’s needs for a more sanitary surface at floor and curb levels.
5. Maintenance — Because inside plant walls can be damaged by large equipment and machinery, insulated metal panel walls provide easier repair solutions that can be completed in a cosmetically appealing and hygienic manner.
6. Sustainable — IMPs include a minimum of 30 percent recycled steel content, making them 100 percent recyclable and reusable.