SIP’s Not Straws
Recent news stories talk about drinking straws being a huge environmental waste problem. Here we are talking about a different kind of SIP’s.
The SIP’s we use are Structural Insulated Panels. They make up the walls and roofs of our homes. Think of an ice-cream sandwich where there’s OSB (oriented Strand Board) on the outside and solid foam core in the middle. Before we started creating fantastic affordable kit homes we spent six-months researching all the different ways one could build a house in an effort to find the best approach. Since we had no established production capability we could select any approach for moving forward. Our goals were broad so we needed to find a construction methodology that best satisfied numerous requirements. Some of the key items we focused on were: transportability, speed, energy efficiency, cost, strength and waste.
Structural Insulated Panels
Stringer than typical stick-built construction
Superior energy efficiency
Easy to transport and assemble
Lower overall cost than typical stick-built
Better Structural Stability
Virtually no waste
Computer cut to exacting dimensions
Allows for secure shell in less than 1 week
One often surprising benefit of SIP construction is noise reduction.
SIP solid-core insulation does much more than keep the cold out in winter and heat out in summer.
Homes on a busy street or noisy neighborhood can muffle out unwanted noise with SIP construction.