Innovative 2020 Projects Using SIPs

The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) announced the 19th Annual Building Excellence Award (BEA) winners at the Annual SIPA Member meeting held virtually on March 16. SIPA represents the construction industry’s investment in structural insulated panels (SIPs), and the BEAs are an annual celebration of SIPA members’ innovation and design.

Building material choices and the benefits of SIP designs are more important and apparent than ever before. With the price of lumber soaring in the last year, SIPs are an even more cost-effective choice for residential and commercial projects. Building with SIPs is not only cost-effective, but also the best way to reduce emissions while embracing energy-efficient design which benefits both the builder and the occupant. Read our blog Today's Lumber Market – How Framing Factor Impacts Project Costs for a deeper understanding on the lumber industry’s fluctuations and building science.

The annual Building Excellence Awards gives SIP manufacturers and builders an opportunity to showcase projects completed the year prior. The entries include structures completed in 2020 by SIPA members, and BEA judges evaluate each project on three criteria: design and structural engineering innovation, creative use of SIP construction, and environmental sustainability. 

In addition to the nine building categories, entries that demonstrate eco-efficiency, health, resilience, and renewable energy can be considered in the high-performance running for that category. This year revealed six high-performance winners listed within their respective category below.

Check out the BEA Look Books for a peek at project entries from 2020.

Affordable Housing

Classic Winner - SIP Mini-Homes Village by Premier in Eugene, Oregon

High-Performance Winner - SIP Treatment Center by Premier in Davis, California


Classic Winner - SIP Home and Shop by Energy Panel Structures in Winsted, Minnesota

High-Performance Winner - SIP Farm Kitchen by Energy Panel Structures in Kansas City, Missouri

Commercial over 10,000 sq. ft.

Classic Winner - SIP Office Building by Enercept in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Commercial under 10,000 sq. ft.

Classic Winner - SIP Travel Plaza by Enercept in Flagstaff, Arizona


Classic Winner - Timber Frame SIP Duplex by InGreen Systems in Banff, Alberta, Canada

High-Performance Winner - SIP Multifamily by Insulspan in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada


Classic Winner - Opera House SIP Roof by Enercept in Watertown, South Dakota

Residential over 3,000 sq. ft.

Classic Winner - SIP House/Roof by Premier in Phoenix, Arizona

High-Performance Winner - HP Sip House by Energy Panel Structures in Tofte, Minnesota

Residential under 3,000 sq. ft.

Overall Winner - Weekend Retreat SIP House by Murus in Washington, Virginia

High-Performance Winner - Energy Star SIP House by FischerSIPs in Westworth Village, Texas

Small House under 900 sq. ft.

Overall Winner - SIP Tiny Home Village by Enercept in Albuquerque, New Mexico

High-Performance Winner - SIP Tiny House ADU by Premier in Seattle, Washington.

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