For Design Professionals
Frequently Asked Questions about SIPs
The 34 most frequently asked questions about Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs).
SIP Basic Connection Details
26 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.
Designing with SIPs: DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
SIP design process overview with key points and checklists for the ten most important considerations when designing a SIP building.
SIP DESIGN BP-1: High-Performance SIP Building Envelope
A 24-page deeper dive into the building science behind the exceptional performance of SIPs. Learn why SIPs exceed building code thermal requirements, eliminate laborious continuous insulation requirements, reduce HVAC loads via reduced air leakage, and eliminate poor insulation installation concerns.
SIP DESIGN BP-2: HVAC Systems with SIPs
This 11-page document explores the technical reasons high-performance buildings need significantly smaller HVAC systems. SIP buildings are very well-insulated and tighter, which
results in HVAC systems easily being oversized if old rules of thumb are used to size equipment.
SIP DESIGN BP-3: SIP Structural Capabilities
Comprehensive engineering analysis of point loads, long-distance roof spans, and SIP acceptance of building code acceptance.
SIP DESIGN BP-4: SIP Sizes
Understand the reason behind various sized SIP panels in this 6-page resource. This versatility in size offers design professionals a wide range of creative options. Additionally, panels can be manufactured up to 24 feet long without the use of intermediate supports.
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.
SIP DESIGN BP-8: SIP Roof and Wall Assemblies
Wall and roof connection joints are the weakest link of
any building. It is no different when building with SIPs.
It is important to understand in which climate zone the
project you are designing will be built, to control air
and moisture migration at panel joints for long-term
durability. This resource provides a deep-dive into the topics covered in SIPA's DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS brochure.
SIP Solutions for Commercial Construction
Explanation of real world thermal performance of SIPs. Examples of how building with SIPs fit specific commercial construction needs.