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2013 SIPA Building Excellence Award winners showcase energy savings capable with SIPs

The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) recognized eight homes and commercial buildings that utilized structural insulated panels (SIPs) to reach energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable design goals with the 2013 SIPA Building Excellence Awards. The winners were recognized during the Building Excellence Awards ceremony on April 3, 2013 at the SIPA Annual Meeting & Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Now in its eleventh year, the SIPA Building Excellence Awards highlight innovative projects using SIPs as the basis for energy-efficient, green buildings. All submissions used SIPs for at least 50 percent of the building envelope. Entries were evaluated on energy efficiency, design and structural engineering innovation, environmental sustainability, and creative use of SIP construction.

 

Silvis Middle School

Overall Competition Winner
Winner: Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Over 10,000 sq. ft.

   
 

Name: Silvis Middle School
Submitted by: Energy Panel Structures
Built by: Estes Construction
Designed by: BLDD Architects
Panels Manufactured by: Energy Panel Structures

 

The Silvis Middle School in East Moline, Illinois took top honors as the Overall Competition Winner. Constructed with 8-inch SIP walls and a 10-inch SIP roof over a structural steel frame, judges were impressed by the building’s 30 percent reduction in energy use. BLDD Architects also incorporated natural daylighting, automatic controls that dim electric lighting when daylight is present, and a geothermal heating system. By specifying SIPs, BLDD saved onsite labor, lowered construction costs, and simplified the process of meeting Green Globes certification.

 

Forest Lake Studio-Workshop

Overall Competition Runner Up
Winner: Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Under 10,000 sq. ft.

   
  Name: Forest Lake Studio-Workshop
Submitted by: Panelworks Plus, Inc.
Built by: Owner
Designed by: Dennis Wedlick Architect LLC
Panels Manufactured by: Extreme Panel Technologies

Designed by Dennis Wedlick, this 7,000 sq. ft. studio and workshop in Forest Lake, Minnesota started with a reused timber frame sourced from a Boeing airplane factory outside Seattle, Washington. A combination of 8 and 10-inch SIP walls, followed by a 12-inch SIP roof, created a super-insulated building envelope. The performance of the building shell was complemented with a geothermal heating and cooling system, wood pellet boiler for backup heat, and an energy recovery ventilator. Judges were amazed at the building owner’s attention to energy efficiency and extremely low blower door test result of 0.56 ACH50.

 

Inspiration Home

Winner: Single Family Homes Under 3,000 sq. ft.

   
  Name: Inspiration Home
Submitted by: Premier SIPs by Insulfoam
Built by: Scott Homes
Designed by: Safford James III Architects
Panels Manufactured by: Premier SIPs by Insulfoam

 

 

Taking cues from the Passive House concept, the Inspiration Home uses 10-inch SIP walls and a 12-inch SIP roof to reduce heating and cooling loads to the point where they can be handled by two small ductless heat pumps. Heating costs average only $200 per year. The home also qualified for ENERGY STAR, EPA Indoor airPLUS, and the highest level of Washington State’s Built Green program. Judges noted that the plethora of energy-efficient features had been packaged in a classic bungalow design that was attractive and marketable almost anywhere.

 

Keller Residence

Winner: Single Family Homes Over 3,000 sq. ft.

   
  Name: Keller Residence
Submitted by: Bliss Building, Inc.
Built by: Bliss Building, Inc.
Designed by: Bliss Building, Inc.
Panels Manufactured by: Extreme Panel Technologies

 

 

Bliss Building took home the Single Family Homes Over 3,000 sq. ft. award for the Keller Residence in Park Rapids, Minnesota. The 7,339 sq. ft. home has a HERS Index of 36, thanks to 6-inch SIP walls and a 12-inch SIP roof. It also had a blower door test result of only 0.47 ACH50. Several judges were impressed by the airtightness and the incorporation of energy-efficient technologies, including a geothermal system for both heating and domestic hot water, a 95 percent AFUE furnace, and an energy recovery ventilator.

 

The Shores of Maplewood Senior Living

Winner: Multifamily

   
  Name: The Shores of Maplewood Senior Living
Submitted by: Energy Panel Structures
Built by: Stone Construction
Designed by: Kaas Wilson Architects
Panels Manufactured by: Energy Panel Structures

 

 

Located in Maplewood, Minnesota, The Shores of Maplewood senior living facility contains 120 units in an assisted living and memory care environment. To keep energy costs down, the building owners and Kaas Wilson Architects selected 6-inch SIP walls from Energy Panel Structures. The 73,932 sq. ft. building is ENERGY STAR certified, with individual units receiving HERS Indexes of 52. SIPs also allowed for better control over indoor air quality, temporary heat savings during construction, and significant labor savings.

 

Brock Beran

Winner: Agricultural

   
  Name: Brock Beran
Submitted by: Energy Panel Structures
Built by: DowCon
Designed by: Brock Beran, DowCon and Energy Panel Structures
Panels Manufactured by: Energy Panel Structures

 

 

This 6,000 sq. ft. agricultural shop in Derby, Kansas uses 8-inch SIP walls to reduce operating costs. Tall SIPs were installed vertically, saving a tremendous amount of time and labor costs. The judges commented on the attractive architectural detailing, such as the functional hay loft door, cupolas, awnings, and stonework around the perimeter.

Honorable Mentions

Single Family Homes Under 3,000 sq. ft. – San Francisco Urban Infill House

Multifamily – Grandfamilies Place of Phoenix

Agricultural – Michigan State University Poultry Research Facility

Commercial – Industrial – Institutional Under 10,000 sq. ft. – Cedar Food and Grill

Commercial – Industrial – Institutional Over 10,000 sq. ft. – Zuni Christian Mission School

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