STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS - PROVEN PERFORMANCE
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are an excellent alternative to conventional building methods. Using SIPs panels results in a very tight and energy efficient home. On the other hand, standard stick framing with fiberglass insulation has been proven to be much less energy efficient. SIPs panels have a nearly continuous foam core glued between two layers of Oriented Strand Board (OSB). Because of this, the foam core greatly reduces the dead airspace in the home’s walls. However, this airspace is common in stick framed walls using fiberglass insulation. As a result, the interior temperature and air quality is more easily controlled in a SIPs built home. Therefore, the homeowner can realize greatly reduced monthly utility costs.
SIPs panels can be used as individual components of the home such as wall, or floor, or roof panels. However, when they are combined they make a total building system that is highly energy efficient. Click here to read more about the energy efficiency of structural insulated panels.
The idea of structural insulated panel construction is not a new concept. As early as 1935, The Forest Products Lab built the first in a series of experimental SIPs homes. Then in 1952, Alden P. Dow built SIPs homes in Midland, MI. Over the years SIPs homes have continued to increase in popularity.
ADVANTAGES OF STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS:
There are many advantages to using structural insulated panels (SIPs) over conventional stick framing. As discussed above, energy efficiency is right at the top of the list. Additionally, other advantages are speed of construction, lower labor costs, and a stronger and tighter building envelope. Many of these advantages have one time savings that are realized during the construction process. However, energy efficiency gives back over the life of the home in the form of lower monthly utility bills. Click here to read more about the advantages of SIPs construction compared to conventional methods.
Oriented Strand Board (OSB)?
The skins of our structural insulated panels (SIPs) are typically Oriented Strand Board (OSB). OSB consists of layered mats. Exterior surface layers are wood strands aligned in the long panel direction. Inner layers consist of cross or randomly aligned strands. These alternating layers give OSB it’s strength. OSB is recognized and approved by all major US code agencies through DOC PS2-92 Wood-Based Structural Use Panels.