All of our designs use Structural Insulated Panels, (SIPs) construction which is a sturdy, modern, green building material that is more energy efficient than traditional building materials such as stud construction. A SIP is made up of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural panels called oriented strand board (OSB) and is held together by structural adhesive. SIPs can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design. Because of its energy efficiency, SIP construction is more cost effective since its HVAC system won’t have to be as large or work as hard to keep the air temperature stable inside the tiny house.
SIPs do not contain any VOCs or other harmful chemicals that can affect occupant health. The components used to make SIPs (foam, oriented strand board, and adhesive) meet some of the most stringent standards for indoor air quality.
- Oriented strand board (OSB) does not contain urea formaldehyde adhesives and meets the world’s leading formaldehyde emissions standards, including the U.S. HUD Manufactured Housing Standard, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Air Toxic Control Measure for Composite Wood Products and the European EN-300 Standard
- Homes with SIP construction have qualified under the American Lung Association’s Health House® indoor air quality standard
- The adhesives used in SIP production do not contain any measurable amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be harmful to occupants