Insulspan forms parternship with AmeriSus & Menards.

Insulspan, one of North America’s largest suppliers of structural insulating building products, has joined forces with AmeriSus – the American Sustainability Initiative LLC –to provide high-efficiency, affordable homes set for distribution this summer.

AmeriSus is challenging assumptions about home construction and ownership in America. Dedicated to the proposition that affordability, efficiency and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, AmeriSus is a series of kit homes – refined designs based on real-world solutions.

“We’re thrilled to be working with such a responsible and forward-looking company. By specifying SIPs for its entire line of homes, AmeriSus is making a strong statement that energy efficiency is non-negotiable and not just for the wealthy.”
Bruce Chorlton, Insulspan
Senior Vice President for Corporate Development

Insulspan will provide pre-fabricated SIP walls – two sheets of structural oriented strand board laminated to a core of solid expanded polystyrene insulation – that arrive on site with window openings, door openings and wire chases in place, allowing for rapid assembly and eliminating much of the waste of conventional framing.  This also facilitates AmeriSus’s “just in time” delivery system, which provides components to the builder as they’re needed.

“SIPs are a perfect fit for our system. When the builder is ready for walls he doesn’t get a load of lumber, he gets walls – pre-cut, insulated and ready to erect.  With the AmeriSus designs it is generally only four walls per floor.”
Tom Barton, AmeriSus
Architect , Co-Founder

The seven pre-engineered homes will also include heating and cooling systems, appliances and lighting, provided by a consortium of nationally recognized suppliers.  This collaboration will allow AmeriSus to take advantage of volume purchasing discounts, which will be reflected in the homes’ price.

Home sizes range from 1,100 to 1,600 square feet, and are suitable for a variety of lots, including urban in-fill sites.  AmeriSus homes are expected to sell for between $180,000 and $250,000.

Menards to supply Insulspan SIPS

After a rigorous review alongside other SIP manufacturers, Insulspan has been chosen as the exclusive SIP supplier to Menard’s, a chain of home improvement stores headquartered in Eau Claire, Wis. The privately owned company is thought to be the third-largest home improvement chain in the country, with 252 locations in 12 states.


CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA: PFB Corporation reports that there was a fire at its Riverbend Timber Framing plant in the late hours of Friday, October 15, 2010. The fire was brought under control by the Blissfield Fire Department with support from three other fire departments. The plant was not operating at the time of the fire and there were no employees or any other people on the site. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

The fire department successfully contained the fire to the timber framing plant where part of the building was badly damaged by the effects of heat and smoke. The property was fully insured and representatives from the company’s insurers are on-site coordinating clean up activities and making the site safe.

It is important to note that the adjacent Insulspan SIPS Plant was unaffected by the fire except for some minor electrical disruptions which were fully restored during the weekend. Accordingly, the Insulspan SIPS plant resumed normal operations this morning at its regularly scheduled start-up time.

Management and staff at the Blissfield manufacturing site have worked tirelessly and relentlessly across the weekend doing whatever tasks necessary to speed up the process of restarting operations.

Contingency arrangements are underway to resume timber framing operations as soon as it is both
practical and safe. Alternative building space located a short distance from the plant has been secured which will allow certain timber framing operations to resume immediately. Critical equipment used for processing timbers was located in the section of building away from the main fire and that equipment is currently being cleaned, inspected and assessed to determine its fitness for use. Early indications are that the equipment is not severely damaged.

Riverbend’s sales personnel are in the process of contacting all customers who have imminent delivery schedules, along with those customers that may be affected in the very near future, so that alternative arrangements can be made. Everything possible is being done to meet customers’ expectations and the company is committed to restoring normal operations as soon as possible.