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Is It Time to Give Structural Insulated Panels A Second Look?

November 20, 2019 - By Nigel F. Maynard

Advocates say the highly energy-efficient building system could be a cure for the labor shortage

Only a small number of homes each year are constructed with structural insulated panels, but proponents say it’s the best building system you’re not using.

Structural insulated panels—also known as SIPs—are high-performance building panels that consist of two sheets of OSB and a layer of rigid expanded polystyrene or extruded polystyrene foam insulation in between, says the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA), a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based non-profit trade association representing manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and residential professionals in the SIPs industry.

But what are the advantages of structural insulated panels? Advocates say SIPs technology is much faster than site-built construction so it speeds up cycle times for construction, but it also results in a much more energy efficient building.

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