Precision Panel Proves High R-Value of their SIPs
Eagle, Idaho -- Precision Panel Structures, Inc. of Eagle, Idaho recently completed R-Value testing required by the State of California. Results of the laboratory testing on Precision Panel Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) not only proved Precision Panel SIPs R-Value was what was advertised, the results were even better. "Our panels have always proven to be a super energy efficient building product, and most people have used our 6.5" thick panels for their exterior wall systems," . "Using industry standards, we calculated our 6.5" thick panels to have an r value of 25.6R. However, laboratory testing shows our 6.5" thick panels to have an R Value of 28.0R, an increase of over 8%. And, our 4.5" thick panels are now rated at 19.0R. We are very happy with the results, particularly as they are compared to the poor R Value performance of fiberglass batt insulation."
"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 for homes, cabins and on all types of buildings across North America and shipped around the world for use on the widest variety of buildings imaginable.
Precision Panel 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" x 6" 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, super 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.
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.
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Contact: Brad Griffin (Brad@precisionpanel.com)