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SIPA Annual Meeting 2018 - Jacksonville FL

 SIPA looks back on Jacksonville FL
Annual Meeting & Conference, February 26-28th

It's History!

Annual Meeting Agenda  click here for detailed agenda


Kudos to the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel for providing a great venue for the SIPA meeting.  We took care of business, played golf, and reconnected with our association members.

SIPA thanks all the members, suppliers, design professionals, builders, speakers and friends that participated in making this a successful event; and a big shout-out to our sponsors who made the event possible!

The SIPA team is looking forward to learning where our meeting will be next year with many surveys indicating that Phoenix, AZ might be a preferred location.


Warm welcome to new SIPA members
  • Manufacturers: Mark Van Dame - Structall Building Systems and Chris Johnston - West Coast SIPs.
  • Suppliers: Chris Wischmann - Norbord, Inc. and Jim Sharar-Stoppel, North American MgO, LLC.
  • Builders: Phillip Mark - Abio Corporation, Phillip Pannunzio - Builders FirstSource and
    David Butler - Loxley Hawk, Inc.
  • Design Professionals:  Noah Ketler - Eclipse Engineering, Inc.,Troy Leistiko - Eclipse Engineering, Inc. and Andy Roehl - Moonlight Design Studio, LLC.
  • Associate Members:  Asbel Viciedo - APV Trust, Alexander Burkhardt - BKT Holding, LLC, 
    Maurice Wheatley - Caribbean Panel Construction Systems and Frank Baker - Riverbend Investments, LLC
New committee activity
  • Update on the status of the Design Guide to launch this year.
  • Technical Committee is considering the formation of an Engineering Council to promote understanding of the Design Guide among Design Professionals.
  • The MgO Technical Subcommittee discussed progress in MgO skin testing on SIPs.
  • Tech review of software tools to assist in SIP engineering.
  • Readout of advances in marketing outreach efforts in social media and launch of the new SelectSIPs Magazine.

Board of directors election results...Congratulations to:
  • Manufacturing member Mike Tobin, AFM/R-Control SIP
  • Supplier member Mark Vlaisavich, Ashland
  • Dealer/Distributor member Curt Stendel, Panelworks Plus
  • Builder member Michael Morley, SIPsmart Building Systems
  • Design Professional member Tom Moore, Pinnacle Engineering
And a special applause to Lee Bergum, Energy Panel Structures, as SIPA's new President.  SIPA extends a warm Thank You to Ard Smits as he steps down as President after 3 terms. 
For a complete list of current SIPA Board of Directors click here to visit the www.sips.org website.  
Building Excellence Award Winners
Overall Competition
  • Winner - Glenwood Area Fisheries - Glenwood, MN by Extreme Panel Technologies
  • Runner-up - Chapman Residence - Edmond, OK by Enercept
  • Honorable Mention - Lutsen Residence - Lutsen, MN by Energy Panel Structures
  • Winner - Jorgenson Land & Cattle Offices - Ideal, SD by Enercept
  • Winner - Grand Terrace Apartments - Worthington, MN by Energy Panel Structures
    (Note: This project was attributed in error to a different member during the awards presentation, our apologies to the two affected members).
  • Runner-up - Elmwood Multifamily - Minneapolis, MN by Energy Panel Structures
Commercial / Industrial / Institutional over 10,000sqft
  • Winner - Skokomish Community Center - Shelton, WA by Premier SIPs
  • Runner-up - Sail Newport - Newport, RI by Murus SIPs
Commercial / Industrial / Institutional under 10,000sqft
  • Winner - Glenwood Area Fisheries - Glenwood, MN by Extreme Panel Technologies
  • Runner-up - Kenmore Town Green Community Center - Kenmore, WA by Premier SIPs
  • Honorable Mention - Inver Grove Chiropractic - Inver Grove Heights, MN by Energy Panel Structures
Affordable Housing
  • Winner - L'Americana - Pompano Beach, FL by Innova Eco Building System/Capital Group Development
  • Runner-up - Oakland Park House - Oakland Park, FL by Innova Eco Building System
Single Family Houses over 3,000sqft
  • Winner High Performance - Fragodt Residence - Cottonwood, MN by Extreme Panel Technologies
  • Winner Classic -Weiting Residence - Minneapolis, MN by Extreme Panel Technologies
  • Runner-up - Elm Tree Residence - New Town, ND by Enercept
Single Family Houses under 3,000sqft
  • Winner High Performance - Columbia City Home - Seattle, WA by Premier SIPs
  • Winner Classic - Chapman Residence - Edmond, OK by Enercept
  • Runner-up - Brisson Residence - Ramrod Key, FL by Innova Eco Building System
  • Winner - Gathered Oaks - Alexandra, MN by Enercept
Small House under 900sqft
  • Winner High Performance - Strickland Residence - Oak Harbor, WA by Premier SIPs
  • Runner up High Performance - In-Law House - Sweetwater, FL by Innova Eco Building System

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to those who submitted so many fine projects for consideration.  Detailed posting of all the winners will be posted to www.sips.org in the next few days.  Check the Building Excellence Awards page by clicking here.

PDF versions of all presentations are available for download below:

Interior SIP Partition Walls with MachWall - Bill Chaleff FINAL
RIPs Attic Retrofit Panels For Roofing - Al Cobb FINAL
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Presentation - Craig Savage FINAL
After Disaster Housing Recovery with SIPs - Chris Fennell FINAL
Measuring the Value of Fortified Home Constuction - Sebastian Awondo FINAL
Improving Customer Experience with Tech  My CX Data - Mike Vandall FINAL
2018 BEA Winners FINAL
2018 Auction deck for Jacksonville FINAL
2018 BOD Candidate Intro FINAL
Ashland - Mark Thompson Gold Sponsor FINAL
Black Bros - Bill Masear Gold Sponsor FINAL
Technical Committee - Corey Nigh TAC FINAL
Net Zero Sneak Peek -  Frank Baker FINAL
Marketing Report - Jack Armstrong FINAL


Meet the 2018 Building Excellence Awards Judges

Click here to access the Building Excellence Award page for more details.

Chris Fennell, COO at Institute for Building Technology and Safety, has more than twenty-five years of domestic and international market research, management consulting, and engineering experience.

BuildingInsight LLC specializes in new product and service commercialization, branding and communications research, and energy and sustainability strategy for product manufacturers, service providers, membership organizations, and public-sector clients.  BuildingInsight has facilitated hundreds of focus groups, industry roundtables, and client meetings and has developed a state-of-the-art Internet-based survey platform for quantitative studies including conjoint analysis-based pricing research.

Prior to founding BuildingInsight, he spent nearly nine years at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center as Vice-President of Marketing and Division Director for Market Research and Energy Programs.  While there, he managed more than 100 research projects for public- and private-sector clients.  He was the NAHBRC Zero Energy Home Program and Building America Program team leader for the US Department of Energy.  

Chris Fennell - COO at Institute for Building Technology and Safety. Chris formerly was VP at NAHB Research Center and President of Building Insight, a marketing/research firm

Ron Jones, President and Co-founder of Green Builder® Media.

National award winning designer/builder for three decades.
Author of more than a hundred published articles related to sustainability and the built environment.

Internationally recognized speaker having presented at conferences and events in 49 states and on four continents.
Founding chairman of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee, the National Green Building Conference and the non-profit Green Builder Coalition.

An original member of the LEED for Homes steering committee, 1999 to 2007.

Chairman of the Consensus Committee seated by the International Code Council and National Association of Home Builders in 2007 to develop the National Green Building Standard, ICC 700.

Ron Jones - Green Builder Magazine (long time builder, previously on NAHB and USGBC boards; also developed the 1st NAHB / ICC ANSI Green Building Standard)

Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect with the DOE, is the author of the book titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It” that presents a comprehensive strategy for transforming the new homebuyer consumer experience. Sam brings the lessons from this book to housing executives across the country with workshops and collaborative meetings that help them accelerate innovation. Apart from this work, Sam has earned a national reputation for his work leading housing programs that have partnered with thousands of home builders and resulted in over one million certified high-performance homes. Mr. Rashkin was recently recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University; and is a registered architect in California and New York. During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects. He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC’s LEED for Homes, NAHB’s Green Builder Guidelines, and EPA’s Water Sense label, and on the development team for EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label. Sam has also prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports, and seminars; and contributed to other books on energy efficient and green construction.

Sam Rashkin - Chief Architect with the DOE and runs the Zero Energy Ready Home Program (formerly Challenge Home and Energy Star Homes)




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