SIPs Overcoming the Elements - A Guide to Structural Insulated Panels

The use of structural insulated panels ( SIPs ) for residential and light commercial construction in North America is discussed.

SIPs have a laminated structure, consisting of outer skins of oriented strandboard adhesive bonded to a centre core of rigid cellular plastic material. Being an engineered system, SIPs have a predictable performance, require less skill and time for construction, and the flat surfaces facilitate the following construction processes.

High thermal insulation values result in energy-efficient buildings. The system provides good fire durability, with gypsum-lined panels meeting 1-hour requirements.

The use of SIPs is growing as architects, builders and building owners appreciate the quality of the finished product.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by SIPTEC & SIPCRETE.

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