Build With SIPs

Is this the building technology of the future? Here’s why structural insulated panels are a great option for building sturdy, energy-efficient houses.



Kansas SIPs House
This home in Kansas was built with structural insulated panels, also known as SIPs.
PHOTO: MICHAEL MORLEY
Stick Frame Construction
Building with SIPs is an alternative to the more common stick-frame construction, shown here.
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SIPs Construction
SIPs consist of a layer of insulation sandwiched between two skins of oriented strand board. The entire panel is one unit that functions as a monolithic whole.
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SIPs Construction Site
Building with SIPs minimizes construction waste because the panels are assembled in a factory. Any waste can easily be recycled long before the panels reach the job site.
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SIPs House Winter
After a SIPs home is complete, no one will be able to tell it was constructed with SIPs.
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SIPs Plant
SIPs are constructed in a factory and then shipped to the job site.
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SIPs House Summer
SIPs construction is versatile — nearly any style of home can be built using this method.
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SIPs Roof
SIPs can be used for roof and wall panels. For the roof, a crane is usually needed to lift the panels into place.
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SIPs Second Floor
Once underway, SIPs construction happens quickly.
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