Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS)
What are SIPs?
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are building panels used in exterior walls, roofs and floors for residential and light commercial construction. The panels are comprised of a core of rigid foam insulation between two skins of wood structural panels, typically oriented strand board (OSB). This sandwich composition enables the panels to perform exceptionally well in both strength and insulating values. Learn more about SIPs from the “Structural Insulated Panels – Product Guide” published by the Engineered Wood Association (APA) and the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA).
SIPs can save you time and money
Construction methods for SIP structures enables a streamline erection process. Typically, each panel is factory cut to tight tolerances and shipped to the site for assembly. This drastically reduces the cost of labor and time typically associated with stud-framed structures.
Additionally, SIP structures have enhanced insulating values and allow considerably less air infiltration through the building envelope thereby reducing energy use and associated costs of heating and cooling. See the “Structural Insulated Panels – Product Guide” for more information on SIPs energy efficiency.
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