Using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) to Achieve Efficiencies
Here's a look at how using SIPs can attain high-energy efficiency and improve home construction
By Scott Bergford, Owner, Scott Homes, Inc.
July 6, 2009 Housing Zone
Building with SIPs has resulted in a 60 percent reduction in costs to heat our homes. Customers love the lower utility bills. In light of rising energy costs and growing environmental awareness, more homebuyers are focusing on the energy efficiency of their new home’s design and construction. It’s a home attribute that’s gone from a “nice to have” to being a deciding factor for many people....
...To improve energy performance, meet other green building goals, and streamline the building process, my company has been using structural insulated panels (SIPs) for the past 12 years. In conjunction with double-pane, low-e, energy spacer glazing and hydronic radiant floor heating systems, building with SIPs has resulted in a 60 percent reduction in costs to heat our homes. For many of our SIP homes, it costs only $200-$300 per year to heat them. These numbers are significantly lower than what the costs are to heat the average home (click here to read entire article)
"SIPs are high-performance building panels for floors, walls and roofs in residential and commercial buildings. Each panel is typically made using expanded polystyrene (EPS), or polyisocyanurate rigid foam insulation sandwiched between two structural skins of oriented strand board (OSB), but other surfaces are also available to meet your needs. The result is a building system that is very strong, predictable, energy efficient, and cost effective."