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Case Studies

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Mount Hope Winery, Manheim, PA - 2019 SIPA Building Excellence Award winner
At the onset of this project, the owner specified three primary requirements: price, time and efficiency. Building with SIP construction met all three of the owner's requirements.

Inglis Residence, Nevis, MN - 2019 SIPA Building Excellence Award winner
SIP foundation, vaulted ceilings on upper level, dormers facing the lake for a great views are all factors contributing to the high performance and high level of customer satisfaction on this project.


Ford Residence, Hedgesville, WV - 2019 SIPA Building Excellence Award winner
The homeowners were familiar with SIP construction and wanted to work with an experienced SIP contractor.  Together they achieved a certified ENERGY STAR building.

Breckenridge Sisters Cabin, Breckenridge, CO - 2019 SIPA Building Excellence Award winner
SIPs were used for the floor, walls and roof panels on the Sisters Cabin. Because of the shortened building season on top of Bald Mountain, SIPs saved time and labor during construction. Also the Jumbo SIP panels had to be flown to the top of the mountain by Blackhawk helicopter.

University of Minnesota Duluth Bagley Classroom - LEED Platinum Certified/Net Zero project
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) manufactured by Enercept play a major role in the design and success of the Bagley Classroom LEED Platinum Certification in this Net-Zero design.


Alice Ferguson Grass Education Center
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) featuring expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation provide the basis for the high-performance roof assembly of the Lliving Building Challenge-certified Alice Ferguson Foundation Grass Education Center.



Lisa's House
Lisa’s House is a domestic violence shelter run by the nonprofit Project Horizon in Lexington, Virginia originally constructed in 1999 using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs).


Ashokan Center
Four new, sustainable buildings dot the campus at the Ashokan Center, an outdoor learning facility and summer camp in New York's Catskill Mountains.


The Shores of Lake Phalen Senior Living
SIP walls and an efficient radiant heating system greatly reduce operating costs for this 86,750 sq. ft. senior living facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


cold climate retrofit

Cold Climate Retrofit
Applying retrofit insulated panels to this classic craftsman home helped cut energy use by 50 percent and bring the HERS Index down to 59, saving the homeowners over $1,300 a year in energy costs.


Oak Harbor Retrofit
An old ranch-style home gets a much needed remodel, complete with retrofit insulated panels, high-performance windows, and a new HVAC system. The improvements resulted in a 64 percent reduction in energy use and $3,060 in annual savings for the homeowners.



Coventry Senior Living
DBA Architects is breaking down barriers for seniors with this energy-efficient assisted living facility centered around a “small house” concept.


Make It Right
Movie star Brad Pitt helps Make It Right rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward with affordable LEED Platinum homes.


Finn Hill Middle School
Seattle architecture firm Mahlum made SIPs a key part of this innovative school’s zero-energy-ready design.


Silvis Middle School
An Illinois school district gets a long-awaited new middle school made with energy-efficient structural insulated panels.


Aeon Alliance Expansion
Nonprofit housing developer Aeon and design firm Cermak Rhoades Architects teamed up to provide safe, energy-efficient, and sustainable housing for Minneapolis’ formerly homeless.


NEXUS EnergyHomes
Maryland developer NEXUS EnergyHomes is changing the face of affordable housing with a 55-lot housing development of affordable zero energy homes.


Jacob E. Manch Elementary School
Las Vegas firm SSA Architecture was able to cut energy use by 50 percent and save more than $1 million dollars from the construction budget by specifying SIPs for this 68,000 sq. ft. elementary school.


Deep Energy Retrofit with Retrofit Insulated Panels
Learn how builder Ted Clifton conducts energy-efficient remodels by applying retrofit insulated panels to the outside of existing homes. Combined with new windows and a new heating system, Clifton was able to reduce heating costs for this 2,900 sq. ft. home by 80 percent.


Scott Homes
Washington-based builder Scott Bergford explains how building with SIPs has set him apart from the competition and helped him claim the Energy Value Housing Award for Builder of the Year from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Silverwood Park Visitors Center
Outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, this 19,000 square foot visitors center offers stunning views of Silver Lake with a low carbon footprint. Prefabricated SIPs reduced framing time and met the client's lofty goals for energy efficiency.


Kenilworth Bungalow
See how SIPs helped designers build a traditional Arts and Crafts bungalow with a LEED-H Platinum rating. Winner of the 2010 SIPA Building Excellence Award for Single Family Home Over 3,000 sq. ft.


Kelly’s 1862 Timber Frame
Builder Dan Troth of GreenTech Construction salvaged a hand-hewn timber frame from an 1862 farmhouse and incorporated it into a unique custom home. The home won the Renovations category in the 2010 SIPA Building Excellence Awards.

Texas Country Home
A Texas family escapes fast-paced city life to raise a family in the rural country side outside Fort Worth, Texas. Working with award-winning builder Ferrier Custom Homes, they constructed a healthy, energy-efficient home that makes the most out of its passive solar design.


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