Residential SIP Projects

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are suitable for all types of homes from luxury ocean view to affordable multifamily and energy-efficient ADUs. Browse these residential SIP examples, using the search fields at the right for specific types and locations.

Most individual projects include the following:

  • Exterior and interior photos
  • Name of SIP manufacturer, designer and builder
  • Performance measurements such as HERS rating and blower door test results

Residential Look Books

Browse these Look Books for sample SIP homes built across the country in 2020. 

Residential SIP Project Winners

3 Sisters High Performance SIP House3 Sisters High Performance SIP House
Fort Worth, TX
SIP were incorporated into the project's design from the very beginning, as the owners desired the high-performance aspects derived from SIPs (extreme airtightness, great insulation and incredible strength with its reduced homeowners insurance premiums). Install went quickly, and the SIP walls and roof contributed to an extremely tight home envelope, which eventually resulted in a HERS score of 9.

Dunn SIP HouseDunn SIP House
Sauk Centre, MN
Building with SIPs generated significantly less onsite construction waste while framing our home when compared to building a house using conventional framing especially since all of the window and door openings were precut at the factory. This left only minor trim work needing completion onsite. Building with SIPs did increase our material costs compared to conventional framing. However, we recouped a good portion of that cost through decreased labor costs. The exterior of our house was completely framed in 19 calendar days. This was significantly faster than if we had used conventional framing. Finally, due to the extremely tight envelope that SIPs give our house, we are enjoying very low heating and cooling bills. As utility costs rise, we will save thousands of dollars in monthly utility bills over the life of our home – thanks to our SIP panels

ENERGY STAR SIP HouseENERGY STAR SIP House
Carroll, NH
This home is about as airtight as is possible, well below even the Passive House Institute’s rigorous standard of 0.68 ACH50 or 0.05 CFM50/square foot of envelope. Five Star Energy Star Certified, This is one more example of how SIPs can help achieve an incredibly high-performance building. Before PV it had a HERS of 32.

Kenilworth LEED SIP BungalowKenilworth LEED SIP Bungalow
Minneapolis, MN
SIPs helped designers build a traditional Arts and Crafts bungalow with a LEED-H Platinum rating.

LEED Platinum SIP HouseLEED Platinum SIP House
Dexter, MI
ICF basement, 6” SIP walls, 10” SIP roof, Blower door test 0.86 ACH50, HERS Index of 37, LEED Platinum

LEED SIP Country HouseLEED SIP Country House
Cleburne, TX
A Texas family escapes fast-paced city life to raise a family in the rural countryside outside Fort Worth, Texas. Working with award-winning builder Ferrier Custom Homes, they constructed a healthy, energy-efficient home that makes the most out of its passive solar design.

Net Zero SIP HouseNet Zero SIP House
Park City, UT
NET-Zero energy 12" SIP walls, 12" SIP roof & additional 4" EPS insulation on walls and roof, 8" of EPS on foundation Awarded 2010 Green Builder Magazine Home of the year LEED Platinum Built to Passive Haus Institute standards, NAHB Emerald certified, & is an Energy Star Home 6.9kW photovoltaics completely power the home with energy to spare, allowing the owners to sell power back to their utility company HERS Index: NET ZERO/PASSIVE HOUSE STANDARDS

Passive SIP ApartmentsPassive SIP Apartments
Seattle, WA
Apartment Building designed to use up to 90 percent less heating and cooling energy than standard buildings. The project is believed to be the first passive house apartment building in Washington State and demonstrates how high performance, sustainable living can scale, enabling us all to reduce our role in climate change and become part of a climate solution. PHIUS+2015 - Supply Air Heating and Cooling Sufficient

Semiahmoo Net Positive SIP HouseSemiahmoo Net Positive SIP House
Blaine, WA
Single Family Residential. Semiahmoo Net Positive is a "forever home" for a family retiring to the Pacific Northwest. Our clients were seeking a net zero home - one that would produce at least as much energy as it would consume.

SIP HouseSIP House
Oakland Park, FL
Date Completed: 11/30/2017 Total cost of project (exclusive of land): US$150,000.00 Dimensions of building: 3 BEDROOM 2 BATHROOM SINGLE FAMILY HOME, 1,232 SQ FT LIVING AREA / 72 SQ.FT. PATIO / 48 SQ. FT. STORAGE Asking price/purchase price: US$205,000.00 Total sq. ft. of conditioned space: 1,232 SQ. FT. SIP wall thickness and core material: Exterior Walls 6 3/4" 12 mm MgO Interior Walls 4 3/8" 8 mm MgO SIP roof thickness and core material: 8 1/2" 12 mm MgO / Plywood HZHV

SIP Senior Living Facility Minneapolis MNSIP Senior Living Facility Minneapolis MN
Saint Paul, MN
The decision to build with SIPs sped up the construction process and reduced operating costs for building owner Coventry Senior Living. With two SIP projects now under his belt, Greg Johnson intends to keep replicating the success the company has experienced using the energy-efficient combination of SIPs and radiant heating.

SIP Student HousingSIP Student Housing
Watertown, SD
SIP construction was chosen for the speed of construction and energy savings; they also wanted to work with a local business.

SIP Tiny Homes VillageSIP Tiny Homes Village
Albuquerque, NM
The Tiny Homes were built by volunteers from the local carpenters union. Using SIPs was an easy, effective way to quickly build 30 housing units. The Tiny Homes are very tight and energy efficient.

Sugar Mills SIP Villas VISugar Mills SIP Villas VI
St. Croix,
SIP was chosen due its low maintenance, energy efficiency and the possibility of eliminating over 90% of wall cavity space found in a typical home constructed with conventional means. SIP saved time and money as panels were taped and finished like drywall, then painted requiring no additional finishes such as exterior siding and / or interior drywall.

Residential SIP Project Case Studies

Aeon Alliance SIP MultifamilyAeon Alliance SIP Multifamily
Minneapolis, MN
“We chose SIPs with our eye on the prize that we may want to do LEED certification,” said Prinds. “SIPs were a little more expensive than standard framing, but we chose them after evaluating their efficiency, cost, impact on building performance, and other factors.”

Energy Efficient SIP House Park Rapids MIEnergy Efficient SIP House Park Rapids MI
Park Rapids, MN
SIPS go up quickly, saving labor cost and getting the project out of the weather quickly. 6-inch SIP walls 12-inch SIP roof HERS Index 36 0.47 ACH50 Geothermal system 3.2 COP for heat and hot water 95% AFUE furnace, 18 SEER cooling system Energy recovery ventilator

ENERGY STAR SIP ApartmentsENERGY STAR SIP Apartments
Las Vegas, NV
SIP helped this project achieve Energy Efficiency, Labor Time Savings (installed in 80 days!) and waste savings (over conventional framing).

Energy Star SIP Demonstration HouseEnergy Star SIP Demonstration House
Olympia, WA
Residence and demonstration home 10-inch SIP walls 12-inch SIP roof Energy Star 3.0 EPA Indoor airPLUS Washington State Built Green Level 5 @200/year in heating costs

ENERGY STAR SIP House St. Peter MNENERGY STAR SIP House St. Peter MN
Saint Peter, MN
SIPs saved time in the construction process. Also, it allowed to make this a Passive Solar Heated House. HERS index 40, 8 ½" SIP walls & 12" SIP roof, LEED Gold, Energy Star 5 star plus, SHGC glass for solar gain and movable sun shades, Stayed 60 degrees during a 3 day ice storm without electricity.

High Performance Affordable SIP HouseHigh Performance Affordable SIP House
River Falls, WI
The panels are user friendly for volunteer labor. Speed of construction. SIP wall thickness and core material: 12 1/4" Expanded Polystyrene, 7/16" OSB on both sides

Hollabaugh SIP HouseHollabaugh SIP House
Grand Marais, MN
Primary residence set in the beautiful woods of Grand Marais, Minnesota. We are finding the SIP construction to be superior to any home we have owned. The ease of erecting the SIPs proved helpful when the construction of our home entered the winter months. The house is well built and gives one the feeling of being in a very quiet, sturdy structure.

Kenilworth LEED SIP BungalowKenilworth LEED SIP Bungalow
Minneapolis, MN
SIPs helped designers build a traditional Arts and Crafts bungalow with a LEED-H Platinum rating.

LEED Platinum SIP HouseLEED Platinum SIP House
Dexter, MI
ICF basement, 6” SIP walls, 10” SIP roof, Blower door test 0.86 ACH50, HERS Index of 37, LEED Platinum

LEED SIP Country HouseLEED SIP Country House
Cleburne, TX
A Texas family escapes fast-paced city life to raise a family in the rural countryside outside Fort Worth, Texas. Working with award-winning builder Ferrier Custom Homes, they constructed a healthy, energy-efficient home that makes the most out of its passive solar design.

SIP HouseSIP House
Maplewood, MN
6” SIP walls 12” SIP roof Partial 8” SIP floor HERS Index of 44

SIP MultifamilySIP Multifamily
Las Vegas, NV
3 stories, 41, 150 sq. ft. 6-inch SIP walls SIP construction reduced cooling costs for building owner in hot Las Vegas climate Framing labor and construction waste disposal costs also reduced by building with SIPs

SIP Passive House Claverack NYSIP Passive House Claverack NY
Hudson, NY
12" SIP walls and 12" Neopor SIP roof HERS Index 52 Certified Passive House - First House in New York 0.15 ACH50 Passive solar design and operable skylights HRV and two air source heat pumps Serious 725 series windows

SIP Senior Living Facility Minneapolis MNSIP Senior Living Facility Minneapolis MN
Saint Paul, MN
The decision to build with SIPs sped up the construction process and reduced operating costs for building owner Coventry Senior Living. With two SIP projects now under his belt, Greg Johnson intends to keep replicating the success the company has experienced using the energy-efficient combination of SIPs and radiant heating.

Zero Energy SIP HouseZero Energy SIP House
Seaside, CA
Clarum has used Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) in many of its homes to create high-performance building envelopes. With SIPs, it is much easier to reduce air leaks than with stick framing, since the panels are produced in a controlled setting and arrive at the jobsite in large, ready-to-install sections. The panels also have continuous insulation across their height, width and depth, along with fewer thermal bridges. The result is up to a 60 percent reduction in heating and cooling costs, plus healthier indoor air from sealing out dust, pollen and other irritants.

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