Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS)
Structural Insulated Panels (or SIPS) are changing the way houses are being made.
SIPS consist of a piece of foam pressure laminated between two outside layers of wood (normally plywood). SIPS are a single unit replacing seperate framing, insulation and sheathing. SIPS reduce air infiltration and allows for no gaps or air pockets and fewer thermal breaks.
The result is a tighter building envelope that is more energy efficient.
SIPS are manufactured in a controlled environment which maintains their consistency.
SIPS have R-values starting at 14 for 3 1/2" thick cores and surprisingly up to R-value 48 for 11 3/8" core. SIPS are cost efficient. See Branch River Plastics for more information.
Environmentally friendly benefit of SIPS:
- less greenhouse gas emissions
- less job site waste
- use wood that is fast growing and renewable
- the EPS foam emits no dust particles and does not degrade
SIPS are stronger than traditional stick framed houses. SIPS have withstood the Great Hanshin earthquake in Japan, the North Ridge earthquake, and Hurricane Andrew. The one piece design creates a wall and roof material that is strong, withstands buckling and shearing, and is designed to last.
Combining SIPS and a Benedict Antique Lumber and Stone timber frame, you will be building a stronger, energy efficient, and environment friendly modern home.