Advantages of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
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What are Precision Panel Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)?
"SIP" is an acronym for Structural Insulated Panel. Bonding high performance rigid foam insulation to oriented strand board (OSB) produces these engineered wood building components. The result is a building product that is predictable, resource efficient (GREEN) and cost effective. SIPs are used to build floor systems, wall systems and roof systems on all types of buildings across North America and shipped around the world for use on the widest variety of buildings imaginable.
Why do I end up with a better structure?
SIPs outperform other building methods in virtually every category because the insulation is a component of a system, rather than thrown in when everything else is almost done. Even 4” SIP walls have been proven to be more energy efficient than 6” stud framed walls. A study by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (http://www.ornl.gov/) proves that a 4-inch SIP wall outperforms 2"x4" stick and batt construction, and even edges out 2"x6" construction in terms of thermal performance.
Because SIPs are the structural elements, there are virtually no studs to cause breaks in the insulation. The end result is a more comfortable, energy efficient structure that performs up to spec in real-world conditions. Unlike stick and batt construction, which can be subject to poorly installed - even missing - insulation, the nature of SIPs is such that the structural and insulation elements are joined as one. There are no hidden gaps because a solid layer of foam insulation is integral to panel construction. To see a very revealing side by side energy comparison click here.
Why do SIP houses outperform other houses?
SIP buildings are vastly more energy efficient, stronger, quieter and draft free than older technology systems, like stud framing with common fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass is sometimes used for a furnace filter because air moves through so freely. Rigid insulation is used as solid component insulation in the refrigeration industry, for example, for its inherent energy efficiency and lack of air movement. These attributes are built right into a Precision Panel Structural Insulated Panel building. Less air movement or leakage translates into less drafts, fewer penetrations for noise, lower energy bills and a significantly more comfortable and controllable indoor living environment.
Can I expect a return on my investment?
You can count on it! Structural Insulated Panels are the ONLY upgrade to your new home that will always pay you back, never need replacement due to wear and tear and will never go out of style! All other upgrades (countertops, floor coverings, appliances, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, etc.) will eventually need replacement for one of the above reasons.
For return on investment, SIP homes beat stick-frame and most other ‘shell construction systems’ quite easily.
Your Precision Panel SIP package will account for a fraction of your home's cost; usually ten percent or less. These dollars can be made up very quickly in energy savings alone. Over the life of the home, the energy savings are quite staggering.