Frequently Asked Questions about SIPs
The 34 most frequently asked questions about Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs).
SIPs True Cost Bidding Tool (BLANK)
The SIPs True Value Bidding Tool helps demonstrate the added value of a SIP project with every lead that your business encounters. It’s an easy way to elaborate on the additional value included in a SIP structure that conveys more than energy performance – it demonstrates the true cost associated with building and the real savings in choosing SIPs.
Do's and Don'ts for Handling and Installing SIPs
Topics: General Principles, Handling and Storage, Assembly, Weather Details and Interior Comfort.
Building with SIPs: NEED TO KNOW
SIP building process overview with key points and checklists for the ten most important things you need to know to build a SIP building.
SIP Basic Connection Details
Updated in 2021 and 2022, the SIP Basic Connection Details provides 27 detailed illustrations of typical SIP connections and joints. Includes roof-to-wall panel connections, foundation connections, eaves detailing and more. These SIP connections in structures were updated in 2021 by a team of SIP-industry collaborators.
Guide Specification 06 12 00 for Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). Use for typical construction project submissions.
SIPs True Cost / Value Bidding Tool (COMPLETED EXAMPLE)
This completed example of the True Value Bidding Tool helps demonstrate the added value of a SIP project with real specifications. The tool is an easy way to elaborate on the additional value included in a SIP structure that conveys more than energy performance – it demonstrates the true cost associated with building and the real savings in choosing SIPs.
SIP BUILDER-BP 9 SIP Electrical
SIP manufacturers may provide electrical wiring chases in wall panels. The chases are approximately 1-1/4” in diameter and are located in the foam insulation core of the SIP. Horizontal chases in the wall panels are located at switch and outlet heights, approximately 14” and 48” from the bottom of the panel. Vertical chases are located approximately 4’ on center in the wall panels. Additional chases may be added. Consult the manufacturer that you are working with.
SIP BUILDER-BP 10 SIP Plumbing
Plumbing is recommended to be placed in interior walls to provide for an optimal exterior building envelope.
Study Guide SIPA BEST Program
Study Guide for the SIPA BEST (Building Education with SIPs Training) online program. 76 pages with illustrations and glossaries covering all 10 chapters, for those who prefer a “textbook.”
Cut Labor Costs by 55% with SIPs
Two data-packed pages with graphs comparing SIPs to traditional stick frame construction.
Product Guide to Structural Insulated Panels
A comprehensive 24-page overview of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). This brochure quantifies how SIPs save time and energy and includes design/construction considerations, load tables and connection details.
Retrofit Insulated Panel Installation Guide
Comprehensive, illustrated 40-page manual for installing Retrofit Insulated Panels (RIPs), also known as nailbase
Strategies for Post-Hurricane Mississippi Housing
16-page research study recommending SIPs as a viable option for rebuilding in the wake of hurricane Katrina and providing affordable housing to low-income residents.