What Are SIPs?

Cost effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly, Structural Insulated Panel construction is a superior way to build. Sips are a high performance building system for residential and light commmercial construction.  The panels consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB).  Here are some of the benefits of Sips panels as a building choice.

  • Building with SIPS creates a superior building envelope with high thermal resistance and minimal air filtration.  Whole wall R-value studies show that a 4 inch SIP wall rated at R-14 outperforms a 2x6" stick framed wall with R-19 fiberglass  insulation.

  • The major components of SIPs, foam and oriented strand board (OSB), take less energy and raw materials to produce than other structural building systems.

  • OSB is manufactured from fast growing, under-utilized, and often less expensive wood species grown in carefully managed forests.

  • ​SIPs do not contain any VOCs or other harmful chemicals that can affect occupant health.  SIP homes have qualified under the American Lung Association Health House indoor air quality standard.

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