Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs)
Structural Insulated Panels (also known simply as, “SIPs”) are an integrated building system consisting of factory manufactured panels. Due to the simple nature of the panels, the construction process is greatly simplified as well as a simplification of building systems due to the all-in-one nature of SIPs – structure, insulation, and panel joints are all integrated – with only the need for site work, enclosure, and interior finishing.
Most SIPs are made of an insulated form core in between two layers of structural facings – most commonly oriented strand board – making the panels both structurally strong and energy efficient. In addition, SIPs are one of the most airtight and well insulated construction systems available. SIPs can be made from fast growing trees and shrubs once considered waste by lumber industry.
Construction of buildings using SIPs is cheaper and faster than typical wood stud construction, primarily due to both the off-site manufacturing process and the simple design and assembly method (a building can be assembled by a lower skilled workforce in a matter of hours). The prefabricated SIPs panels are designed to fit into a flat-pack design – enabling a standardized and fast delivery to the construction site.