Revamped SIP House San Pedro CA

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Project Information

Project Type: Renovations
Manufacturer: Premier Building Systems
Builder: Mark A Cuellar Design + Build
Design Professional: Mark A Cuellar Design + Build
Year Built: 2023


High Performance: No
HERS/EUI Index Score:
ACH50 - Blower Test Results:
CO2 lbs./sq.ft./year:

Awards/Certifications: Building Excellence Awards

BEA: 2024 Building Excellence Award - Classic Runner Up

Building use:
Single-family residence

How did SIP construction help you get this job?
Ease and speed of assembly, and insulation performance for title 24 energy code requirements were driving factors

SIP wall thickness and core material: 8" EPS core
SIP roof thickness and core material: 12” EPS core

Describe the benefits of using SIPs on this project. Did SIPs help save time, labor, construction costs, or energy?
SIPs helped save install time and costs on labor for framing and insulation, as well as turn key code compliance and fast permitting. Which resulted in a superior quality product over conventional framing.

Describe any innovative design elements or structural engineering involved:
Room orientation and operable windows are designed to take advantage of prevailing breezes from the ocean a mile away. High clerestory windows help expel warm air, negating the need for AC and heat for most of the year. Structurally, a large glu-lam beam in the high-ceiling great room helps divide the load of the roof panels and serves as a decorative element on the interiors. The roof panels are designed to support a roof deck in the future.

HVAC: 5-zone mini-split heat pump

Describe any other energy-saving materials used in the building envelope other than SIPs. List U-values of windows used and the U or R-value of any insulation materials:
Windows: U=0.34, SHGC=0.25

Please list any energy-efficient products or design features, such as lighting, hot water heating, appliances, passive solar:
low efficacy LED lighting throughout, occupancy sensors, gas tankless water heating, Energy star appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, operable clearstory windows for  passive cooling.

Please list any sustainable materials or design features not listed above, such as recycled materials, low-VOC finishes, landscaping, etc.
All roof rainwater and landscape area drains are diverted underground to a rain garden with drought tolerant plants. Driveway is constructed with permeable pavers. Siding is PEFC-sourced renewable wood (Larch), installed in a rainscreen application.


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