SABS x Forbes
In the world of construction, innovation is a driving force that shapes the way we build homes and structures. One such innovation making waves in the industry is the SABS Building System, featured in Forbes News by Jennifer Castenson as a game-changer in construction technology. Developed by Strata International Group, the SABS Building System is taking the United States by storm, offering a revolutionary approach to building homes that is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
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The SABS Building System is not just a new building method; it represents a paradigm shift in construction technology. Already in use for decades around the world, SABS is a composite building system that replaces traditional materials like wood and steel with Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam as the core material for all structural elements, including walls, roofs, and floors.
A Composite Building System Like No Other
The key to SABS' exceptional performance in the quality of its materials. The EPS foam, primarily supplied by Atlas Molded Products, serves as the foundation for the entire system. This foam is coated with Strata's proprietary mixture known as Sabscrete, which includes sand, cement, glass fiber, and other additives. This unique blend creates a durable building shell that surpasses testing protocols and load standards set by the International Code Council-Evaluation Service (ICC-ES).
Amir Saebi, the Vice President at Strata International Group, emphasizes the system's revolutionary approach, saying, "SABS exclusively relies on foam as the primary framing material, completely eliminating the use of wood, steel, or any other framing products. It's a groundbreaking shift in construction technology."
Structural Excellence and Rigorous Testing
One of the standout features of the SABS Building System is its extensive testing and quality assurance measures. Saebi proudly presents a 666-page document filled with testing examples from Finite Element Analysis (FEA) testing. This is the same type of testing used by NASA and Boeing for spacecraft.
The FEA simulations subject the SABS product to intricate scenarios, including fire, earthquakes, and storms. Saebi explains, "If an earthquake hits, you can see the loads that hit. If it is too much load, the simulation shows how it falls apart." The fire treatment is equally impressive, with the SABS system resisting direct flame from a torch. Developed in collaboration with BSAF, this system offers one of the highest fire ratings available.
A Commitment to Quality and Training
For homeowners seeking top-of-the-line technology for their homes, adopting the SABS Building System is an easy decision. However, it's often developers who need convincing. To ensure the system's quality and integrity, Strata offers a comprehensive training and certification program for builders. For a fee of $5,500, builders receive training, certification, tools, and supplies required for the course. Strata maintains a close watch on builders and conducts site visits throughout the first year of product usage, ensuring compliance with their high standards.
Real-World Success Stories
The success of the SABS Building System isn't confined to theory; it's tangible and transformative. Shirley and Tad Halladay, proud owners of a new SABS home, share their experience: "The average cost of an average stick house in southern Utah was around $267 per square foot. This house cost me around $100 per square foot. So, it cost about $310,000 to build this 3,200-square-foot house, including the 1,008-square-foot garage. After we were done, the insurance agency appraised it at $780,000. Not bad."
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The SABS Building System by Strata International Group is reshaping the future of construction. With its remarkable structural integrity, cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency, and streamlined construction process, it's no wonder that Forbes News has recognized this innovative system as a game-changer in the industry. As more developers and homeowners discover the incredible benefits of the SABS Building System, it's poised to become the future of sustainable, efficient, and affordable construction.