Net Positive SIP House Pensacola FL

Location: Pensacola, FL

Project Information

Project Type: Residential, > 3,000 sq. ft.
Manufacturer: FischerSIPS
Builder: Loxley Hawk, Inc.
Design Professional: SIPS Development – Fischer SIPS
Year Built: 2019


High Performance: Yes
HERS/EUI Index Score: -38
ACH50 - Blower Test Results: 2.51
CO2 lbs./sq.ft./year:

Awards/Certifications: Building Excellence Awards, LEED Platinum, Silver, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, ENERGY STAR Certified, EPA Indoor AirPLUS, Passive House

BEA: Energy Star, Passive House, Water Sense, Energy Ready Net Zero Home

In the beginning we evaluated 3 types of building materials, ICF, SIPs and conventional 2x framing with foam insulation. Overall, SIPs won out for the value added to the project; namely savings on foundation (elevated concrete deck on pre-stress piles) due to weight reduction over ICF.

  • Value to us on waste management. Diverted waste due to Ready-To-Assemble SIPs. 
  • Energy efficiency due to increased insulation values, especially performance values. 
  • Fortified construction (160 MPH 3 second gust, nominal 124 MPH, Exposure D).
  • Speed of construction and time saved; about 3.2 weeks over ICF and 2 weeks over 2x construction.  

Insulation value of SIPs added to our achieving our Net Zero goal. Passive solar – allowed for daylighting while rejecting heat in the Summer and allowing for solar heat gain in the Winter.  

24’ EuroWall bifold door was installed using a designed SIP header system.  This allows the owners to open the living room to the open-air deck and transition the living spaces into one big area. 

LEED (on track for Platinum)
Energy Star
Passive House
Water Sense

To explore other Zero Energy Ready Homes, visit the Department of Energy’s Tour of Zero page.


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