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Innovative Way of Building: SIPs

As the construction industry develops, newer and newer building techniques are emerging. When picking the right one, many things need to be considered, such as quality, cost and time of build, sustainability or weather conditions.


Therefore, finding the best solution that not alone combines energy efficiency with cost-effectiveness but is extremely strong and increases the sustainability of the building is challenging. However, we have good news: SIPs are the epitome of these features.


What exactly are SIPs?


SIPs or 'structural insulated panels' are a high-performance building system for residential and light commercial construction.


The SIPs system consists of a sandwich panel of two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB), and an insulating foam core, usually EPS polystyrene or Neopor.


Modern construction with SIPs


The panels are produced under controlled and strictly regulated operating conditions. SIPs bricks can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design and can be built in every weather condition.


Benefits of using SIPs


1. Extraordinary Thermal Performance


SIP panels deliver unexcelled insulation and airtightness, which reduces energy costs over the building's lifetime. Compared to traditional timber framing, SIPs are known to be about 50% more energy-efficient.


2. Improved Air Quality


A SIP residential or commercial building has better control over indoor air quality; airtight buildings have controlled ventilation, limiting incoming air and filtering out contaminants and allergens.


The SIP envelope doesn't have the voids or thermal bridging of conventional stick framing that can cause condensation leading to potentially hazardous mold, mildew or rot.


3. Sustainable Credentials