ISS commonly asked questions & answers
General Questions & Answers
  1. What is ISS technology? An architectural and structural design system to exceed all building codes and environmental conditions.
  2. What is a MPF?  A design mobile production facility that is delivered to the site for the construction of all tubular structures.
  3. Who can use this technology?  The developers that have been licenses and schooled with there key personal on their site prior to actual construction.
  4. Where can we use this technology?  Anywhere in the world that the MPF can be transported to.
  5. What is the purpose of changing my operations to go with ISS technology?  Speed, cost of construction, sustainable of the structure for environmental conditions, which are not predictable in Mother Nature.
  6. How large of a site is required in order to make this ISS technology successful?  Very small compared to what you are going to build.  The plant can be set up on a ½ acre or more.
  7. How large can I build? 24 foot diameter x 50 foot long two stories within.  Your flexibility could be from 100 to 2000 square foot per unit.
  8. How many units can I build?  Your restrictions are soil conditions and the size of your property as to compliance with the local government requirements.
  9. How do I know which tubular structures is right for me? That is the best part of the MPF. The flexibility in producing multiple diameter, length, and needs will vary per construction site.
  10. How will I know if I am doing things correct?  ISS is not going to leave you alone until you know the equipment, the procedures, and building your structures as designed.  There will be multiple means of communications to answer your questions should any arise. Cameras will be installed to enhance the on-site support.
  11. What rules govern the construction of ISS technology?  ISS technology is copyrighted worldwide. All crews will be instructed, educated on added technology.
  12. What do I need to know about my site in order to get started?  The same information as required for any other type of approved structure.
  13. How much larger will my staff have to be in order to make this ISS technology reasonable, safe, and producing as outlined? You will need fewer employees for the production of the tubular structures. You will also be able to produce 24 hours a day if you desire.
  14. How large of staff will I have to provide?  That will depend on your procedure in how you want to proceed.  We recommend only a staff of four (4) per shift after they are trained to do what is correct.  In time you will be able to reduce that number when at the start of a new shift.
  15. How do I make changes from one system to another? There will be a growing period of course.  The changing from your old system will be modernized and with less cost and faster production.
  16. Who will train our MPF teams?  The ISS team will do all the honors.
  17. Who are my potential customers? Single Families, Property Management Companies, School Districts, Government, Hospital Sector, Resort, Hotel or Motel Owners, Malls, Retirement Communities, Correctional Facilities, the list goes on.
  18. How many territories am I limited to?  Currently the market is wide open. You will have your choice to acquire as many territories as your budget will allow you.
  19. How long will our license be active and will we have first right of refusal to renew our license agreement?   Currently, after procuring a territory(s),a developer secures a 25- year license agreement, with a first right of refusal to renew their territory(s)
  20. How does this work in conventional means as to development?   You change to engineered details and sound structural structures.
Production Questions & Answers
  1. When can I produce my first unit? One week after delivery and setup.  You are ready to go.  In the meantime while waiting for you MPF, you have other work that needs to be completed such as site planning, footings, shear walls to be placed.  Then it is only hours before you can place the tubular section in its cradle.  Then it will be only days until you are completed.
  2. How efficient are the produced tubular units?  Highest insulated value possible, fireproof, climatic conditions with the galvalume not rotting or leaking.  The tubular structures are designed as a beam with shear walls.   
  3. How do I get these tubes to the site?  The tubes are building wherever you want.  You will need a forklift or crane to place the tubes into their cradle.
  4. How do I secure them in place?  There are several ways in securing the tubes in their cradle.  The key is what and how you are building on site.  In other words if you’re doing one -story units only they will be anchored into the shear walls.  Multi -story the precast unit on top will secure the one below.
  5. How does the building get finished?  We make everything limited to the end walls, interior partition, flooring, windows, doors, kitchen, bath, lighting, electrical, plumbing, air conditioning, heating, and cabinets the same as conventional.
  6. What are the other sub- contractors going to do for making these units livable? Plumbing, air conditioning, electrical, energy, etc., which all will have access from the space below the floor level; equipment connection in the hallways.
  7. After the tubes are put together what does the developer do?  Transports them to the cradles. Complete the interior.
  8. How do you make the flooring work? Flooring is supported by a steel angle bolted / welded to the side walls.   Extending to provide the balcony and hallways.  Metal decking placed on top.   The finishing is typical:  concrete, wood, insulation, tile, carpet
  9. How do you make the walls work?  Free standing metal stud walls with drywall
  10. How do you cantilever the balconies?  Extending the metal angles that carry the metal decking for the flooring.
  11. How are they roofed and weather proof? The MPF combines and molds the structural integrity of the galvalume in order to give a completed finish for the roof as well the interior wall.  Twenty one colors to choose from.
  12. Where does the electrical and plumbing come from?  Under the floor.
  13. Is the same schematic used in regards to electrical connections? Yes, the same as general constructions, with meters and panels.
  14. How are the units and end walls insulated?  A separate apparatus will be used to apply insulation, which is included with the MPF.
  15. How are the interior walls built and connected? Same as conventional.
  16. How far is the finished floor above the bottom of the tubular structure?  This will vary due to the design of the use of the unit.  The floor width will determine that distance.
  17. How do windows and doors work in this structure?  Same as conventional.
  18. What kind of foundation is needed for the structures built? Reinforced concrete
  19. How do you run hvac & electric?  Under the main floor decking.
  20. What does the inside looks like?  Light colored galvalume small grooved patterns.
  21. How do the solar panels tie in? They are supported by metal post.  Size will depend on location
  22. How do you get a flat floor? (Concrete or wood; developer’s choice)
  23. Is there storage under the floor?  Open for all the utilities
  24. Why use steel tubes with concrete sheer walls verses wood or just 100% concrete? There are many reasons to choose ISS construction systems, but the main reason is speed and cost of construction.
  25. How long does it take to complete one unit?  Depending on the size and length.  A large unit takes about 3.5 hours.
Miscellaneous Questions & Answers
  1. How does the developer know how and where to set up his typical working conditions?  We only request the flattest area possible.  The units have leveling lifts and spreaders pads but it in very important that the MPF has to be level.   There are devices on the unit as well as monitor to insure that everyone knows that the unit is level.
  2. How high can we build?  This will be determined by the existing soil conditions per site.  Same requirements as for conventional.
  3. How many units can be built per site?  That has to be determined by the governing body at each site.
  4. How do we handle getting to the units on multi high rise? Crane with straps
  5. What building code will we meet?  To ISS knowledge, we exceed all building codes.
  6. What power needs are required to run the MPF's?  400 KW will be part of the MPF (1ea) Licensee can request additional generators for an additional cost.
  7. What security protocols are required to protect the MPF site? Option to lease security system: There are new on-site security systems available to manage all your construction sites. It's a multi-function camera system that stands alone on its own mobile trailer platform which covers 360 degrees of your construction site, add more to larger sites or multiple sites as needed. One person from a remote location will be able to view live one or more security camera at one time.   This cost effective security system will save time and money. It can also be rigged with a PA system so the guard or manager can scare any  uninvited visitors away. It is also rigged with motion detectors so when someone or something in the area will be detected and an alert will signal the remote guard 24 hrs. / 7 days a week.  
  8. How many MPF's can I order at one time?  There is no limit. It all depends on you and how aggressive you want to be in your building or how quickly you want to construct mass housing.
  9. How long before I will receive my first MPF?  Typically, it will take 10 weeks to construct one MPF and 3 to 4 weeks to ship it. It will also depend on a country’s customs to clear it from the docks. Also take in consideration of how many MPF's you order and what customers are ahead of you. Our advice will be for you to order in groups of 4 or 8 MPF's at a time.
  10. How hard will it be to move the MPF to a different construction location? (A) Not hard at all, that is why we call it the Mobile Production Facility or MPF. A few days to set up the platforms, alignment of all equipment i.e.: leveling. Much of the work prior to the MPF arriving will be done on site such has performed sheer walls and end caps footers and materials to build out each tube. Site prep will be done by the developer, such as waste treatment, water sewer lines and power needs. 
  11. How are tubular structures made? They are comprised of two engineered steel tubular shells; each engineered to be integrated as one structural component. One has a slightly smaller diameter than the other. The smaller diameter shell is inserted into the larger diameter shell, thus making the tubular structures.
  12. Are Tubular Structures strong enough to stand up during earthquake?  Yes, tubular Structures are placed onto precast sheer walls. This method of construction reduces the sheering effects of an earthquake.
  13. Are Tubular Structures strong enough to withstand Typhoons / Hurricanes? Yes, because of the circular shape of this structure to withstand greater wind loads.
  14. What are tubular structures engineered from? The tubular structures are constructed from engineered steel and aluminum material, which is structured to be rolled and combined in an engineered system allowing a total combined structural beam.
  15. Do tubular structures have a higher resistance to fire, insects and weather? Yes, because of  the combined structural components of the tubular structure, greatly reduces the effects of fire, insects, and all weather effects.
  16. Can I build both residential and commercial structures with the MPF? Yes, you can build both residential and commercial.
  17. Typically, how many units annually can be produced with one (1) MPF? On average, 2500 units can be produced annually with one (1) MPF. Thus, if you want to produce 25,000 units annually, ten (10) MPFs will do the job. However, it all depends on the project you are developing.
  18. What is the investment required to becoming a licensee of the ISS building technology and securing my desired territory(s)? Please contact us directly at info@ISStubes.com or call us toll free at (855)-800-8823 to discuss confidentially as there can be variations depending on your desired territory(s).
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