2019 SIPA Building Excellence Award Winner - Residential under 3,000 sqft category
The Breckenridge Sisters Cabin located in Breckenridge, Colorado is used only during winter months and is rented to outdoor enthusiasts for skiing and snow shoe excursions on the north flank of Bald Mountain. SIPs were used for the floor, walls and roof because of the energy efficiency they provide and the speed-of-construction during a limited build season. The panels were flown to the building site at the top of the mountain via a Black Hawk helicopter. Using jumbo panels from Extreme Panel Technologies reduced the number of trips the helicopter had to make to deliver materials to the site, completing the project before Winter weather set in.
SIP wall: 6-1/2" panels (EPS foam core)
SIP roof: 12-1/4" panels (Neopor foam core)
The Breckenridge Sisters Cabin has a Timber Frame structure with SIP panels wrapping the frame creating an extremely tight envelope. Because of the 100-pound snow and 115 mph wind load requirements on top of the mountain, hold down and fastening specifications were adjusted. The cabin is completely off-the-grid with electricity provided by solar panels and featuring composting toilets and an integrated water system from natural sources.
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