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Industry Happenings

Relevant news from the building industry, green building world, and affiliated associations.

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.

Energy Panel Structures purchases Fingerlakes Construction Company
SIPA member manufacturer Energy Panel Structures, Inc. has completed the purchase of Fingerlakes Construction Company, Inc. The Fingerlakes manufacturing division and personnel will remain at their company headquarters in Clyde, New York, with plans to add the broad line of Energy Panel Structures (EPS) products to enhance the growth of the facility.
Published on Apr 22, 2013.

Building Green with SIPs Webinar – April 10
Join SIPA and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Building Systems Councils for an informative one-hour webinar on building green, sustainable homes with SIPs.
Published on Apr 9, 2013.

Murus introduces jumbo format SIPs and fully automated production line
SIPA manufacturer member The Murus Company now offers jumbo-sized structural insulated panels (SIPs). The company recently added a fully automated, computer controlled production line that went online at its Mansfield, Pennsylvania factory on March 15, 2013.
Published on Mar 20, 2013.

Active House USA opens its doors this weekend
As construction of North America’s first Active House comes to a close, the team behind Active House USA will host a special open house event on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Located in the historic Webster Groves neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, the 2,500 sq. ft. home is one of the first prototypes to be built to the international Active House standard.
Published on Mar 5, 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.

Enercept names Charlie Ewalt as company president
SIPA member manufacturer Enercept has named Charlie Ewalt as company president. Ewalt brings over 28 years of experience in the financial market with him to the company based out of Watertown, South Dakota.
Published on Feb 6, 2013.

Catch an energy rater’s perspective on SIP building envelope inspection at the RESNET Conference
Experienced energy rater Rich Backus, Timber Ridge Craftsman, and SIPA President Al Cobb, SIPschool, will lead a seminar titled “A Rater’s Guide to a SIP Envelope Inspection” at this year’s annual RESNET Building Performance Conference in Orlando, Florida. The session will take place on Thursday, February 28, from 2:00–3:30pm.
Published on Feb 5, 2013.

See author Sheri Koones on January 25 at Seattle book signing and discussion
If you happen to live in the Pacific Northwest, don’t miss the opportunity to hear award-winning author Sheri Koones speak about her new book Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid. Koones’ latest title highlights how prefabricated building systems like structural insulated panels (SIPs) can be used to create stunning, sustainable homes approaching net zero energy use. Almost half of the 30 energy-efficient homes profiled in the book were constructed with SIPs.
Published on Jan 21, 2013.

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