Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are a high-performance building system for residential and light commercial construction. The panels consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB). SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy-efficient and cost-effective.
What are the advantages of Sip Panels?
- Exceptional Thermal Performance
- Healthier Indoor Air Quality
- Sustainability Credentials
- Faster Construction with less labor
- Design Freedom
What are the benefits of Sip Panels?
- 50% more energy efficient than traditional framing, which saves you up to 50% & more on your power bill
- A Sip Roof gives you additional living space up in the attic
- Through fast install it reduces holding cost with the bank
- Sips Homes are considerably quieter than traditional housing
What are the Pros about Sips?
- A home built with SIPs is proven to be up to 15 times more air-tight than a stick-built home
- See below the picture with comparison between Sip Panels & Traditional Framing
What are the Cons about Sips?
- Plan in advance with electrical/plumbing
- OSB can turn into weetabix, if you leave it exposed to the rain
- Only 100% efficient with other high performance products, like windows or doors, tapes & membranes etc.
- Slowly adapted into the NZ market, so not common knowledge just yet
If you want to learn more about Sips Panels, please visit: https://www.sips.org/what-are-sips
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