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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 Nov 14, 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 Oct 29, 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 Sep 9, 2013.

SIPs and Zero Energy Buildings
With residential and commercial buildings accounting for almost 40 percent of U.S. energy consumption, the green building movement has targeted commercial building energy use as a key factor in the fight against global climate change.
Published on Jun 18, 2013.

Bertschi School named first Living Building on West Coast
On April, 15, 2013, the Bertschi School’s Living Building Science Wing in Seattle, Washington, became the first Living Building on the West Coast and the fourth fully-certified Living Building in the world.
Published on May 9, 2013.

How to insulate and air seal a leaky roof
SIPA member PanelWrights conducted a deep energy retrofit on a home in Shepherdstown, West Virginia during March of this year. Despite being built in 1985 and having attic insulation rated at R-50, blower door test results of 16 ACH50 revealed that much of the home’s heat was being lost to air leakage.
Published on May 1, 2013.

Frank Gehry-designed SIP house brightens up New Orleans neighborhood
Check out SIPA’s new case study about Make It Right’s effort to sustainably rebuild over 150 homes in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. After touring the storm-damaged neighborhood, actor and activist Brad Pitt partnered with architecture firm McDonough + Partners to found Make it Right. A major goal of the non-profit organization was to construct each home in an affordable and sustainable way using materials like structural insulated panels (SIPs).
Published on Mar 6, 2013.

SIPs play key role in one of Washington State’s most energy-efficient schools
When it came time to replace the aging Finn Hill Middle School in Kirkland, Washington, the Lake Washington School District took the opportunity to build a cutting edge school that demonstrates the district’s leadership in energy efficiency, sustainability, and progressive learning environments.
Published on Sep 11, 2012.

 

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