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Growing popularity of Sip panels

On July 15, 2012, in Insulated Panels, by Andrew

Structural Insulated Panels (Sip panels) have become very popular for its use as an alternative construction material for residential and other building purposes. Sip panel essentially comprise of panels made from a thick layer of polystyrene or polyurethane foam, compressed between two layers of Oriented Strand Board or simple plywood or fiber-cement, as the need may be. Sips panels are an alternative to the foam core, mostly available as agriculture fibers rendering thermal and structural performance. The end-result is an engineered panel providing exterior sheathing, structural framing, and insulation sandwiched between a solid, one-piece component.

The core design of  SIPs is simple, rendering advantages for the construction of roofs and walls. Sip-panels create a web-and-flange structural strength by bonding the foam base to the outer skin, in tandem with the same principal pertaining to an I-beam. Having capacity to handle bending, racking, axial, and shear loads, SIPs are made to withstand high wind, forces than merely to be used as an alternative for conventional framing.

Advantages of Sip panels

The sip panel allow builders to speedily construct an strong, airtight, and energy efficient envelope for exterior of the building. Sip_panels can be quickly assembled even by workers who have no formal training. Sip panel render the benefit of Insulation capacity. Rendering of better overall air tightness to the building architecture is not the only USP of Sips panel. It also provides practical thermal performance than conventionally framed walls. Almost completely air-proof with no opportunity for internal convection is how one can describe a SIP Panel in depicting its functionality for building exteriors.

Variations in structural insulated panels

Made in standard thicknesses of 4 ½ ” to 6 ½”. Sips panels are 4 to 24 feet wide and 8 or 9 ft. high. Allow the panel to accept 2×4 top and bottom plates, the foam core of the SIP Panel is generally held back from its edge. However, Panel lengths of SIP can vary to accommodate higher roofs or ceilings spanning up to 30 ft. or above. Although wider Sip paneles are designed for door and windows, a standard panel width of 4 ft. is maintained by manufacturers for effecting ease in transportation. Also, by placing header sections between full-length walls of Sip-panel, rough openings for doors and windows could be made. An separate PATH Technology Inventory, Insulated Headers, can be designed by using sandwiched foam along with the primary use of Sip-panels. By injecting polyurethane core, many manufacturers render an unique dimension to Structural insulated panels. These types of Sips panels are for specialty or high-end usage. As such, are Sip panel used for eccentric cam locks, which ensure proper alignment in fittings, done. Sip used for doing up interior of a house or used for residential design work, are specialty panels which are modified by its manufacturer as per its use. Such type of panels render customized attributes, suitable to fit the house interior it is ordered for. However, specialty Sippanels would have to be ordered much in advance so as to provide accurate and appropriate usage in designing of the house interior.

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Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) is a type of construction material and is increasingly being used as an alternative to the traditional wood frame construction and insulation. Many of us still do not know what SIP panels are and how they are different from traditional materials used for construction. So, here’s more information on SIPs.

What are Sip Panels?

SIPs are also known as structural insulating panels. These panels are made up of a thin layer of foam generally 4 to 8 inches in thickness placed between two sheets of plywood or Oriented Strand Board (OSB). The core is mainly Expanded Polystyrene Foam, Extruded Polystyrene Foam or Poly-urethane Insulation. Occasionally, the exterior material can also be cement boards, steel, aluminium and other materials.

Applications of Structural Insulated Panels

SIP panels have wide applications in construction and can be used when constructing both the exterior and interior of homes. They find application in residential and light commercial construction. SIPs can be used to build:

  1. Walls
  2. Floors
  3. Roofs
  4. Foundation systems

Advantages of the Panels

Structured Insulating Panels are known for their superior insulation properties and high quality. It is better than any type of wall construction. It traps the heat and cold and does not allow it to escape out and vice versa. Thus, it not only keeps the room comfortable but also saves on energy costs to a certain extent.

In addition to this, these panels are structurally strong and more stable. S.I.Ps are energy efficient. There are different types of panels that can each meet the specific needs of customers.  SIPs are manufactured in factories and can be tailor made to fit different building designs. Structured insulated panels are easy to construct and enable time saving construction. Being premeasured, they are easy to install. The need for labor for construction is also reduced. It offers better soundproofing and protection from noise pollution. The SIPs can also withstand extreme weather conditions.

Disadvantages of SIPS Panels

SIPs are considered a better option over traditional construction materials. However, they also have some disadvantages. They do not offer much room for change in design of the building and therefore require comprehensive initial planning. The approval process takes a longer period of time. Other laborers such as electricians and plumbers must be well trained to work with S.I.Ps. Special electrical and plumbing techniques have to be adopted.

SIPS are also not completely free from pest infestation. However, consumers can buy treated SIPS-panels or use insecticides to deal with this problem. It offers high level of insulation. On account of this, ventilation becomes a cause of concern especially if there is no other proper ventilation system. This also needs to be considered when fitting gas systems.

The high production cost is the other downside of using SIPs. It is costlier than the conventional methods. However, the in the long run it has cost benefits with respect to maintenance, operation and energy efficiency.

Insulation is an important aspect when building a house. And, all those looking to go green should consider structured insulated panels as SIPS panels look after both your comfort and pocket in the long run.