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
SIP is a highly sustainable building system, reducing CO2 levels through its energy efficiency. Compared to traditional construction methods, SIPS need significantly less energy when manufacturing. They also have lower embodied energy than conventional materials such as concrete, steel or masonry.
4. Fast Construction, Less Labour
The custom-made SIP panels are designed and manufactured offsite through the most innovative technologies and can be easily and quickly assembled onsite.
This reduces the expenditures on project management, scaffolding, framing labour and the list goes on.
A study carried out by BASF confirmed that SIP panels reduce job site labour needs by 55%.
Nu Projects of London aims to corporate the most innovative technologies in their turnkey design and build projects using modern construction methods, 3D modelling of your project, and a team of highly skilled professionals. If you have a design&build project for us in West London, call 020 7731 6841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org