FAQs

Is Caribbean Panel Construction Systems (CPcS) a construction company?


No. CPcS is a sales and marketing company that promotes the use of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) for construction of residential and light commercial structures, schools, and hotels. CPcS does not build those structures.




Since CPcS does not build the structures, who can we find to do the actual construction?


In each local market, you are encouraged to engage the services of a licensed contractor. In the Virgin Islands, we can make a recommendation.




What are SIPS?


SIPS are a composite building material consisting of an insulating layer of rigid core (foam), sandwiched between two layers of structural board. There are several types of board that can be used. CPcS markets SIPS that are composed of Magnesium Oxide Board (MgO board).




How long have SIPS been used for construction?


SIPS have been used as a construction technology since in the early 1950's. Just because CPcS is new in marketing SIPS to the Caribbean does not mean that this is new technology to the U.S. Virgin Islands or to the Caribbean.




Can SIPS be designed to be windstorm and earthquake resistant?


SIPS can be designed to withstand Category 5 hurricanes and earthquakes in excess of

7 on the Richter Scale. At least thirty four (34) homes built with SIPs recently survived Category 5 hurricane force winds in St. Croix Virgin Islands and suffered little or no damage.




What are some of the benefits of using SIPS in the Caribbean?


Apart from resisting hurricanes and earthquakes, SIPS structures will often save money on the initial construction, as well as on ongoing utility bills. SIPS structures almost always are completed more quickly than comparably sized concrete structures, sometimes significantly faster. SIPS constructed using MgO board resist water, fire, mold and mildew, as well as termites. In addition, the MgO board is eco-friendly and 100% recyclable.




Do SIPS structures qualify for Homeowners Insurance coverage for windstorm and earthquakes?


Every insurance market is different. In the United States Virgin Islands there is more than one company offering Homeowners Insurance coverage for SIPS residential and light commercial structures. We can direct you to them upon request. Insurance coverage on the U.S. mainland for SIPS is robust and plentiful. Often, in areas where insurance coverage for SIPS does not exist, simply educating the local Insurance Carriers on the attributes of SIPS results in extending coverage in those markets.




Does CPcS expect construction costs to be much lower for SIPS than for a similar structure built using conventional concrete construction?


This will vary by each individual market. Where labor and/or materials costs are low, the savings on construction costs may not be experienced or may be insignificant. Where labor and/or materials costs are high, the savings may be significant. This is especially true on some of the smaller or more remote islands, such as St. John and Water Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands or some remote islands in the British Virgin Islands for example. Savings will also be experienced on an ongoing basis after construction where utility rates are high and where cooling is achieved via air-conditioning. For hotels, large villas, and schools, the savings over time can be huge. Properly, professionally-sized air conditioning equipment can result in smaller investments in systems and lower utility costs and maintenance costs for years.




Can SIPS technology be used to build luxury homes as well?


Yes. It may be helpful to look at the photos in the Gallery section of this website.




Did CPcS build the structures in the photo gallery on the website?


Although CPcS did not build the structures in the photo gallery, all of the structures were built using SIPS technology.




Do I need to pay the whole amount for the kit at once?


No. There will need to be a deposit of 25% upon placement of the order. There will be another payment due of 45% at the time the shop drawings have been approved and a notice to proceed is received. The final 30% is due when the order is ready to be shipped.




Do you accept credit cards?


Yes. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express.




How long after I place my order will my kit be shipped?


The models shown on our website will normally be shipped within 6 to 8 weeks of placement of the order.




What is included in the kit?


Your “kit” includes the following items unless indicated otherwise: · All interior and exterior insulated wall panels shown on the drawing. · Roof panels as shown on the drawing. · All fasteners for the wall panels and roof panels · All adhesives and sealants for the wall panels and roof panels · Cladding materials for interior and exterior walls, as needed. (*U.S. Virgin Islands kits only) · Cladding materials for roof, as needed.* (U.S. Virgin Islands kits only) · Cladding materials for ceilings, as needed.*(U.S. Virgin Islands kits only) · Corrugated galvanized roofing, as needed.*(U.S. Virgin Islands kits only)




What is not included in the kit?


Here are some of the things that are not included in the cost of your kit: · Freight and freight insurance, if desired. · Taxes · Customs Duty · Permits · Excavating · Site and foundation work · Land · Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) · Plumbing materials and labor · Electrical materials and labor · Utility hookups · Finish flooring · Fixtures · Mill work · Cabinets · Counter Tops · Landscaping · Erection of the kit. (Labor, equipment,etc) · Paint · Appliances · Guttering for roof




Do I have to choose one of your models, or can I order a kit using a floor plan of my choosing?


You do not have to choose one of our models. We can use a floor plan of your choice however it will add to the time needed to complete the project. We will need to obtain an estimate of the cost of your custom build kit, which may be at your expense. The cost of the estimate will be counted towards the cost of your kit should you order the kit for that custom build.





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