SIP Butchery Shop Watertown SD

Location: Watertown, SD

Project Information

Project Type: Agricultural
Manufacturer: Enercept
Builder: Matt Jungers
Design Professional: Matt Jungers
Year Built: 2023


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

Describe the end use of the building:
This building is a butcher shop/meat locker. Area farmers bring in their livestock (beef and pork) that is processed for personal use.

Owner decided to build with SIPs for the insulation and factory-installed glass board. All of the walls, both exterior and interior, are SIP walls.

SIP wall thickness and core material:
5 ½" EPA Foam both exterior walls and interior walls.

Describe the benefits of using SIPs on this project:
Owner and a friend were able to install the exterior walls in approximately 40 hours. The first panel was set on 12/23/2021 in sub-zero temperatures. An Enercept representative was on hand the first day to help get them started. Matt said the panels were easy to install. Because Matt actively farms, the construction was completed sporadically over a two year period.

In the spring of 2022 a derecho swept through South Dakota triggering a tornado that took out a few of the farm's sheds and one hog barn. The SIP panels were undamaged and only pulled loose at a couple of the connections due to a rafter and sheathing that blew off one end. This was easily repaired. Owner added that their coolers stay within a 4-degree range and have never run hard, not even during the summer.

Most of the building is used for processing and refridgerated storage. The majority of the panels have
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) skins to comply with FDA Food Codes.

The only heat source being used at this time is an electric fireplace/space heater in the front reception area.
There are six Chandler Refrigeration units located on the north side of the building for the freezers and walk-in coolers.

Additional Comment on the project:
Owner is a 4th generation farmer. Along with his mother and his wife (Lindsey) raise 3,000 Isowean pigs to finish each year. They also grow corn, wheat, and soybeans. When Covid shut down many processing plants, the couple took the opportunity to open a small licensed custom shop on the farm to help with the overflow of pigs and demand from consumers. Shortly after they started, their meat locker was destroyed by fire. They have fought hard after many set backs to complete this building and restart their business. Most of the funding for this project has been out of pocket, however they needed to find creative ways to help fund the construction. They designed and sold t-shirts, caps, and apparel, and enlisted investors to raise the needed funds to complete construction and restart their expanded business. The owner and his friend built and finished out the entire building (other than electrical and plumbing).


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Enercept, Inc.

Watertown, SD


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