Originally Posted by Cleveland Brown
^ Styrofoam load-bearing exterior walls? Thankfully, this isn't being built in a seismic zone.
Structural insulated panels can and usually are designed for seismic zones. They can be designed to outperform traditional shear wall construction methods. The method above...which seems to require alot more field construction may or may not be appropriate for seismic loading, but regardless the construction is very durable.
The market has been around for these already, it's just that it's now getting more popular. If the Michigan company has a competitive advantage....higher R values, ease of assembly, anti microbial / anti mold, high fire resistance, customization, lower price, etc then they could be big.
About a year ago, I made a decision I'd use this type of construction in my future home. I'm confident in saying that in the past few years, the construction materials industry has made a major leap in new materials from an environmental and durability standpoint.