How Shelter Works’ R-Values Protect Against Extreme Conditions

Shelter Works designs buildings for all sorts of extreme environments.

The roofs, walls and doors are made with two 1/8″ layers of fiberglass surrounding a standard 1.5″ layer of rigid polyiso foam which delivers a standard R-Value of 12.

By increasing the foam core thickness of the ceiling or walls, we can increase the shelter’s R-Value. Custom sizes are also available.

Bulkheads and knock out panels (areas specifically built to accommodate pipes and other wall penetrations) carry an R-Value of 3.

Because there is more heat loss through the roof of the shelter some clients meet there R-value needs by requesting higher R-Value in the roof only.

Shelter Works buildings are specified for some of the coldest places on the planet. This video shows:

  • A Chicago-area headworks bar screen facility that cannot be allowed to freeze, even in the dead of winter
  • A telecom building on top of a downtown Chicago rooftop which experiences brutal wind loads and snow loads in the Windy City
  • A shelter that protects natural gas equipment high up in the Rocky Mountains (above 6000 feet) where there are heavy snow loads (it’s heated inside to about 70° but you will notice that it is insulated so well that the snow didn’t even melt off the top!)
  • A telecom shelter that is located 10 miles outside of Anchorage, Alaska, a place that sustains several weeks of -20° temperatures and up to 2 to 3 feet of snow fall per day
  • A microwave repeater station for an area just south of the Arctic Circle in James Bay which requires R-39 insulation.

When your field equipment requires additional protection from extreme elements, let shelter works engineer the perfect solution for you