Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are a high performance Green Building system for residential and light commercial construction. The panels consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB).
SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective. Building with SIPs will save you time, money and labor.SIPs come in panels as small as 4ft x 8ft and as large as 8ft x 24ft. They come in nominal thickness of:
4″ R-16 – 6″ R-24 – 8″ R-32 – 10″ R-40 – 12″ R-48 when Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is used in the core.
Save Money With SIPs:
Labor Savings: A recent study by RS Means and BASF showed a 55% reduction in Labor using SIPs
Less Waste: Jobsite waste is reduced because the panels come ready to assemble less dump fees
Energy Efficiency: Easy 50% energy savings over standard construction reduced air infiltration, less thermal bridging.
SIPs are designed with state-of-the-art 3D CAD software, are computer numerically controlled (CNC) cut, SIPs, due to their balanced composition of OSB on the interior and exterior, are much straighter than conventional stick framing. The OSB skins of the panel are continuous and are an engineered product, therefore not as susceptible to “settling” that is common with stick framing. Finally, the SIPs production facilities and process is monitored by independent third party inspectors to assure the quality of the product.