There are so many benefits to building a home or commercial building with structural insulated panels. Some of the commonly mentioned benefits are mould-resistant, fire-proof and energy efficiency. I would like to dive deeper into this topic and discuss some of the major benefits of SIPS that are less commonly known.
Since the SIPs are designed and created in a factory, rather than timber frames cut on-site, it allows the build to be more dimensionally precise when they are assembled into a home. This limits the number of gaps in the construction of the oriented strand boards (OSBs). This, combined with the minimal levels of air leakage from the insulation core, makes for the most effective airtight achievements for any building project.
Reduced Cold Bridging
“Cold bridging” is a term used to refer to the parts of the house that connect from the outside of the building to the inside. This obviously affects the thermal efficiency of the building. In a timber frame building, the spacing between the vertical studs is half as wide as the spacing between a SIPS wall’s studs. This means poorly performing timber will be reduced by half, drastically lowering the repeated cold bridging.
Since SIPs are manufactured in a factory, the environment is dry and safe. This reduces the time needed to erect the building. A typical 200m ² home could take as little as 10 days to fabricate and about a week to build on site.
The design opportunities are endless when building with structural insulated panels. Whether you’re looking for a large open contemporary plan with flexible space, or a traditional home design, it’s achievable. Since the roof panels are structural, vaulted ceilings and glazed gables are a common design for the SIP system.
There are so many incredible benefits to using SIPS for a building. For more information contact our team to learn how SIPS can benefit your next construction project.
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