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.
French River Visitor Center utilizes SIPs and unique terraced design
Built on a sloped outcrop of exposed granite, the visually stunning French River Visitor Center utilizes structural insulated panels (SIPs) as part of its unique design. Baird Sampson Neuert Architects designed the project that sits on Ontario’s French River, a prominent physical and cultural landmark situated outside of Alban, Ontario. The 8,500 sq. ft. visitor center is cleverly designed to seamlessly integrate itself into the natural landscape.
Published on Mar 14, 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.
Free architect and builder training at the SIPA Annual Meeting & Conference
SIPA is hosting four free seminars on how to design and build with SIPs on April 2, 2013 during the SIPA Meeting & Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Design professionals can earn up to three AIA Continuing Education Learning Units by attending courses on basic and advanced SIP design, followed by a seminar on modern timber framing.
Published on Feb 22, 2013.
North America’s first Active House nears completion
A new kind of structural insulated panel (SIP) project is taking shape in St. Louis, Missouri—the first home in North America to meet the Active House standard. Originating in Belgium, the Active House movement focuses on making homes that are healthier and more comfortable for occupants while reducing their impact on the environment through energy reduction and renewable energy. The Active House standard takes a holistic approach sustainable construction, but focus on three main areas: energy consumption and production, indoor air quality, and selecting materials that are durable, locally sourced, and evaluated through life cycle assessment.
Published on Feb 21, 2013.
Enter your projects for the 2013 SIPA Building Excellence Awards
It’s that time of year again! Don’t forget to submit your entries by March 12 for the annual SIPA Building Excellence Awards. Each year the awards recognize some of the most unique and praiseworthy buildings constructed with SIPs. All contest entries will be displayed online and recognized during the Building Excellence Awards ceremony, to be held during the SIPA annual Meeting & Conference in Tucson, Arizona. You can check out winners from the previous years here.
Published on Feb 14, 2013.
SIP project named 2012 LEED for Homes Project of the Year
At the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco, the U.S. Green Building Council named the Puyallup Tribal Longhouse as the LEED for Homes Project of the Year. Located on the Puyallup Tribe reservation outside of Tacoma, Washington, the multifamily project uses structural insulated panels (SIPs) from Premier SIPs to save energy and achieve a LEED Platinum certification.
Published on Dec 6, 2012.
Two SIP homes claim 2012 EcoHome Design Awards
Of the seventeen recipients of the 2012 EcoHome Design Awards, two of the top-tier Grand Award winners used structural insulated panel (SIP) construction as a means of reducing energy use and improving environmental sustainability. Hosted by EcoHome magazine, the awards recognize a wide range of sustainable designs, including multifamily, affordable housing, custom homes, and remodeling.
Published on Aug 17, 2012.
Lowes to offer GreenOx SIP sheds from Vantem
Lowes customers can now purchase a new line of structural insulated panel (SIP) sheds produced by GreenOx, a division of Vantem Composite Technologies. Available in sizes ranging from 8’ x 8’ through 10’ x 16’, GreenOx sheds are made of SIPs with magnesium oxide facings—a durable weather-resistant sheathing that functions as an exterior finish material.
Published on Aug 6, 2012.
Sarann Knight apartment complex begins third development phase
More construction is underway in Westside Las Vegas as crews break ground on the third phase of the Sarann Knight affordable housing development. Nonprofit developer Community Development Programs Center of Nevada (CDPCN) began construction in 2009 with a four-story, 82-unit building aimed at providing healthy and energy-efficient housing for low income families.
Published on Aug 2, 2012.
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