SIP buildings or Structural insulated panels are a building system featuring two structurally supportive sides sandwiching a foam core. These panels are then connected to form the structure and insulation of a building.
What are SIP Buildings?
Residential and light commercial builders use SIPs (structural insulated panels) for high-performance buildings. The panels are typically two oriented strand boards (OSBs) that sandwich polystyrene insulation. Almost any shape or size can be made to fit SIPs, which are manufactured under factory controlled conditions. Buildings constructed using this method are extremely robust, energy-efficient, and cost-efficient. Time, money, and labor can be saved by building with SIPs.
While the vast majority of SIP panels use shells of wood and polystyrene, some panels are made with cement exteriors and others still with straw insulation.
Why Choose SIP Buildings?
Both residential and commercial construction can benefit from the use of SIPs. These products are versatile, strong, energy-efficient and cost-effective.
With only a few steps to assembly, SIP Panel Buildings can be a do-it-yourself project. Or an easy project for a contractor.
The panels come pre-made and can either be pre-cut at a factory with windows and doors marked, or you can purchase full panels that are cut on site. Raising a panel is basically equivalent to framing, insulating, vapor bariers and a finished surface, all in one go.
SIP buildings are Eco-Friendly
SIPs are considered to be an eco-friendly construction method. The panels are generally made from renewable lumber resources and have expanded polystyrene in the middle. CFCs and other harmful chemicals are not contained in the expanded polystyrene insulation. In comparison to traditional construction methods, SIPs generally have a smaller carbon footprint over the lifespan of the structure.
Using SIP panels can help you meet LEED and Energy Star certification requirements, as well as other national green building programs.
You Save Money
A slightly higher cost of material may be associated with using SIPS, but erecting your structure yourself will save you a great deal of money on labor costs.
Financially, SIPs are a sound investment. Compared with traditional buildings, SIPs offer long term savings by making climate control more efficient. If you plan on heating or cooling your structure then their insulation R value will help you save.
Furthermore, SIP homes that are energy efficient often have a higher market value and can sometimes qualify for energy-efficient mortgages.
Due to their structural reinforcement, SIP panels do not warp, expand or contract. As a result, doors and windows can be installed quickly and without any surprises.
When using SIPs, you don’t need to look for studs. The structurally sound walls of the building helps save time and money, since cabinets, drywall, and finishing trim can be screwed anywhere.
Improved Air Quality
Indoor air quality can be better controlled and improved in a SIP home or commercial building. These panels are airtight, so incoming air is limited to controlled ventilation. You can easily remove contaminants and allergens from incoming air by filtering the incoming air sources. As opposed to conventional stick framing, the SIP building doesn’t have voids or thermal bridges that can cause condensation that can lead to rot, mold, and mildew.
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