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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."



 Structural Insulated Panel Homes

This is a beautiful example of what can be done with the SIPS building system


A SIPS Home is VERY energy efficient, Click here to see the heating costs of this SIPS home in Rye NH


  • Most dramatic and least expensive way to build homes with open spaces and dramatic cathedral ceilings
  • Assemble the exterior in about a week
  • Greatest flexibility of doors and windows because of the structural features of the panels
  • Interior and Exterior looks like a traditional built house
  • Greatest insulation value and lowest cost on heating and air conditioning
  • Can mix and match with all technologies - like the great room in Timber Frame the rest of the house panels
  • Standard plans or custom designs
  • Energy Star Homes qualified (low energy cost)
  • Factory Build - Field Assembled
  • High quality material & labor
  • Accurate factory controlled cuts and assembly
  • Minimum waste of material
  • Shortened construction time

 SIPs Construction That We Have Completed



Amherst, NH - Evergreen




Rye, NH - Panel Pros


Rye, NH - Panel Pros



Sandown, NH - Winter Panel



Derry, NH - Evergreen

Londonderry, NH - Branch River 


Henniker, NH - Insulspan

Andover, MA - Winter Panel 


Littleton, NH - NE Post & Beam

Durham, NH - Northeast Panel Systems

Click here to see the SIPS construction process

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P.O. Box 7, Franconia, New Hampshire 03580
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