CALEXICO — A panel-raising ceremony was conducted Thursday on Santa Fe Drive in the presence of city officials, county representatives and a number of dignitaries from the Imperial Valley, Mexicali and San Diego.
The ceremony kicked off the construction of 25 homes at Hacienda Del Sol to be built with energy-efficient structural insulated panels supplied by Premier Panels of Phoenix.
The cost of the panel system is slightly higher than traditional "stick framing," but the labor savings and speed of construction, up to 50 percent faster than standard construction, make up for the higher cost.
The earthquake-resistant, non-combustible structure can save 18-30 percent on fire insurance. Low long-term replacement costs and a maintenance-free wall system are the result of the system's strength, durability and structural integrity. The home is energy-efficient as inhabitants are able to save about 50 percent on heating and cooling costs. Outdoor noises and temperature fluctuations are also greatly reduced.