Inside actor Bryan Cranston’s LEED Platinum SIP beach house
Actor Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, is making waves in the architecture community with the radical renovation of a pre-war beachfront home in Southern California. Cranston and his wife transformed what had originally been a 1940s military housing unit into a stunning two-story modern home meeting both LEED Platinum and Passive House standards.
Published on December 12, 2013.
SIPs speed up construction of unique Habitat home
The Denver chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) teamed up with CAD-1 to host a design competition for Habitat for Humanity of Colorado. Eleven teams from AIA Colorado submitted home designs. The winning entry was constructed in Kittredge, Colorado by Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity, using a volunteer workforce and donations garnered by AIA Denver.
Published on December 2, 2013.
New SIPA Case Study: Ashokan Center shows off new sustainable buildings
Every year, busloads of students from across the Northeast make the trek to Olivebridge, New York to attend a multiday environmental education program at the Ashokan Center. Situated on 374 heavily wooded acres along Esopus Creek in the Catskill Mountains, it offers the ideal setting for hands-on ecology and outdoor learning.
Published on November 14, 2013.
DOE Challenge Home Training Seminars November 21st and 22nd
Join Premier SIPs for DOE Challenge Home Zero Net-Energy-Ready Home Training and get started on the DOE’s new program for home energy performance. Premier SIPs is hosting two half-day seminars covering the...
Published on November 11, 2013.
New SIPA case study: senior living facility cuts operating costs with SIPs
Structural insulated panels and radiant heating prove a winning combination for Coventry Senior Living, a developer of senior living facilities in the Midwest. Read how Coventry Senior Living and Kaas Wilson Architects improved energy efficiency by specifying SIPs in SIPA’s latest case study.
Published on October 29, 2013.
Attend free SIP and timber frame AIA Continuing Education courses on October 25
SIPA and the Timber Frame Business Council (TFBC) are providing back-to-back AIA Continuing Education courses on Friday, October 25, at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Attendees will hear two unique programs: Timber Framing: An Age Old Craft Meets the Modern Era (general learning unit) and Structural Insulated Panels: What Architects Need to Know (HSW learning unit).
Published on October 22, 2013.
Minneapolis restaurant selects SIPs for new location
Popular Minneapolis eatery Travail Kitchen and Amusements attracted the attention of CBS affiliate WCCO not for their food, but for their new, innovative restaurant currently under construction. The sustainable building will be fully enclosed with structural insulated panels (SIPs) from Extreme Panel Technologies.
Published on October 16, 2013.
SIPA to exhibit at Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit
SIPA staff and board members will be in attendance at the Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit, October 8–10 in Irvine, California. Sponsored by the Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition, the event will bring together leaders in the movement to design and construct net-zero energy homes.
Published on Sepember 23, 2013. 2 comments
SIP homes shine at 2013 Solar Decathlon
On October 3, teams from 20 universities across North America and Europe will face off in the 2013 Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon in Irvine, California. To reduce home energy use and the amount of solar generation capacity required, four teams participating in this year’s competition will construct their homes using structural insulated panels (SIPs). SIPs have been a product of choice for Solar Decathlon teams dating back to the competition’s inception in 2001.
Published on Sepember 11, 2013.
Structural Insulated Panels Create Sustainable Kansas Fire Station
Structural insulated panels (SIPs) from R-Control SIP manufacturer ACH Foam Technologies were specified for a flagship fire station in Manhattan, Kansas. According to Mike Gibson of Murray & Sons Construction, unless you know that SIPs were used to build the fire station, you would have no idea by looking at the finished design that it was constructed with pre-fabricated panels.
Published on Sepember 9, 2013.