This document was created specifically for builders by the manufacturing members of the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA). It highlights important considerations during the construction phase of a structural insulated panel (SIP) structure. Decades of combined knowledge from SIPA manufacturers will help reduce the learning curve and leverage SIPs’ exceptional qualities to achieve the high-performance results owners expect when building with SIPs. The content provides a common industry platform for SIP construction. SIPA hopes to make your building process easier and more efficient. You can download the 24-page brochure for FREE or request a printed and mailed brochure for $3.00.
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21 detailed illustrations of SIP connections and joints used in various construction projects.
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Data-packed brochure with charts comparing the labor costs of SIPs vs. traditional stickframe construction.
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What are SIPs?
Structural insulated panels are high-performance products used in exterior walls, roofs, and floors for residential and light commercial construction. SIPs are made by sandwiching a core of rigid foam insulation between two skins of structural sheathing, typically oriented strand board (OSB). SIPs build better houses.
The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) provides this checklist sharing the manufacturing membership’s decades of combined knowledge to ensure the best experience and outcome for designers, builders, and owners of structural insulated panel (SIP) buildings. SIPA hopes to make your design-role easier and more efficient. You can download the 24-page brochure for FREE or request a printed and mailed brochure for $3.00.
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General Do's and Don'ts for Handling and Installing SIPs
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SIPs are simple to use. You can order pre-cut structural insulated panels that arrive onsite ready to set in place. Stand them up, fasten them properly, seal all the joints, and in a few days your new house is ready for finish work. To help you get the most satisfaction from your SIP experience, the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) has put together this list of tips and suggestions so you'll get the best performance from your SIPs.
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A comprehensive overview of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). This 24-page brochure quantifies how SIPs save time and energy and includes design/construction considerations, load tables, and connection details.
Project Purpose: Develop, demonstrate, and assess a roof/attic energy retrofit solution using nailbase insulated panels (retrofit panels) for existing homes where traditional attic insulation approaches are not effective or feasible.
Technology: Retrofit panels consist of rigid foam insulation laminated to one face of a wood structural panel. The prefabricated panels are installed above the existing roof deck
during a re-roofing effort.
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How structural insulated panels solve typical problems in light commercial construction
Q: What are structural insulated panels?
A: Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are high-performance building panels used in floors, walls, and roofs for residential and light commercial buildings. The panels are typically made by sandwiching a core of rigid foam plastic insulation between two structural skins of oriented strand board (OSB). Other skin material can be used for specific purposes. SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be custom designed for each home. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective. Building with SIPs will save you time, money and labor.
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