Building with SIPS


Structural insulated panels are high-performance building panels used in exterior walls, roofs, and floors. The panels are made by sandwiching a core of rigid foam insulation between two skins of oriented strand board (OSB).

SIPs Save Energy

Building with SIPs creates a superior building envelope with high thermal resistance and minimal air infiltration.

SIPs Save Money

SIPs are one of the most airtight and well insulated building systems available, making them an inherently green product. An airtight SIP building will use less energy to heat and cool, allow for better control over indoor environmental conditions, and reduce construction waste.

sips_panelSIPs Save Time and Labor

SIPs are ready to install when they arrive at the job site, eliminating the need to perform individual operations of framing, sheathing, and insulating stick-framed walls. This saves builders a significant amount of on-site labor.

SIPs Save Resources

The major components of SIPs, foam and OSB, take less energy and raw materials to produce than other structural building systems. SIPs are also fabricated in a controlled environment, allowing for greater efficiency than site-built framing.

sips_img3OSB is manufactured from fast growing, underutilized, and often less expensive wood species grown in carefully managed forests.

The OSB production process uses small wood chips and highly automated machinery, making OSB a very efficient use of raw materials.

Expanded polystyrene is a lightweight closed cell insulation. Over the lifetime of a house, the expanded polystyrene insulation used in SIPs will save many times the energy embodied in the petroleum used to make it. It takes 24% less energy to produce expanded polystyrene than fiberglass insulation of equivalent R-value.*

SIPs are Versatile

EPS SIPs are:

  • A complete pre-engineered package
  • Engineered to IBC Code
  • Made with over 30 years experience
  • Built by local builders

SIPSs also:

  • Reduce size of HVAC equipment
  • Earn energy efficiency tax credits & rebates
  • Are up to 15 times more air tight than stick-built
  • Allow subcontractors access sooner
  • Save up to 50% or more on energy costs
  • Whole-wall R-value outperforms fiberglass Insulation

EPS SIPs are Insect Resistant:

EPS panels are treated with an effective, nontoxic additive that will deter insects. The additive Is environmentally sound and contains no dyes, formaldehyde or ozone-depleting HCFC’s.

The additive is inert, non-nutritive highly stable and therefore will not decompose, decay or produce undesirable gases or leachates. The insect-resistant foam panels are recyclable and safe for waste-to-energy systems and landfills.

The treatment is a process which uses a natural mineral formulated to resist normally occurring exposure to wood-boring insects, specifically carpenter ants and termites.

The non-toxic treatment is EPA Registered, meets the standards of ASTM D3345 and WPA EL 12-72, and lasts as long as the rigid insulation.

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