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Case Studies

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Unique Rooftop Home Takes Top SIP Building Award
This year's top Structural Insulated Panel building award goes to a residential loft in Minneapolis. Energy-efficient SIPs allowed a low 32 HERS rating substantiated by blower door test results of 0.80 ACH50. Panels were provided by Energy Panel Structures.
Published on Jul 22, 2020.

Resilient, Self-Sufficient Mountain Project with SIPs
SIPs form the backbone of the high-performance VISION House at 10,400 ft altitude in the Colorado mountains.
Published on Jun 10, 2020.

SIPA Adds AIA Course Featuring Rocky Mountain Institute Case Study
SIPA now offers a third course for AIA credit, using the Rocky Mountain Institute case study to demonstrate Getting to Zero Energy with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs).
Published on May 7, 2019.

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.  Coventry’s latest project, The Shores of Lake Phalen Senior...
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,...
Published on May 1, 2013.

Frank Gehry-designed SIP house brightens up New Orleans neighborhood
© Chad Chenier Photography / Make It Right 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....
Published on Mar 6, 2013.


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