SIPs or Structural Insulated Panels are modern building materials made from two boards with a foam insulation core in between. SIPs are usually made in a separate facility and delivered onto the project site ready for installation. These panels have been around for over three decades and are once again gaining popularity in recent years because of a greater emphasis is now given to green building methods. Here’s everything you need to know about SIPs.
Do you save time building with SIPs?
panels can be as large as 8 feet by 24 feet which is enough to build an entire roof section or wall. Since SIP panels have built-in insulation, you are also saving time by adding insulation material over walls.
Are SIPs strong and durable?
You can compare the structural strength of a SIP panel to a steel I-beam. Manufacturers can engineer SIPs to meet the requirements of a particular project. For example, SIPs engineered for use in commercial buildings must be stronger and more durable than panels used in residential homes.
Do you need to re-size your HVAC system?
SIPs have superior insulation which means that your HVAC system must be of the right size to match the properties of a SIP home. If the HVAC unit is too big, it may short-cycle and underperform. Therefore, you need to consult an HVAC technician to correctly calculate the right HVAC size you need for your home.
Is it cheaper to build using SIPs?
You can save money by paying less on labour and construction materials. You will also save money because you can downsize your HVAC equipment. When your home has better insulation, there is less energy wasted, and you will have more savings on utility payments over time.
Can you use SIPs together with other building materials?
There are no restrictions if you want to build using other materials. SIPs are entirely compatible with materials such as concrete blocks, wood, and glass. You can also combine SIPS with traditional building methods such as wooden framework. If you prefer a conventional house with a wooden frame structure, you can still use SIP in conjunction with this method as insulation.
Are SIPS prone to insect damage?
It is not typical for termites and other insects to feed on the SIPs insulation core, but there are instances when this may occur. As a safety precaution, you can request the supplier to treat the panels with borate to prevent insects from feeding on them. Like any wood or wood composite structure, homeowners should observe due diligence in preventing termite and insect infestation via proven preventive methods.
Can SIPs help improve indoor air?
SIPs create an air-tight and sealed envelope where there is very little chance of outdoor air getting in. Nevertheless, to ensure that your home has good indoor air quality, you must also have an efficient ventilation system.