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Building SIPsmart: The Shell Is Complete!

4/13/2010 1:22:32 PM

Tags: SIPS, dome home, Michael Morley, green building

SIPS House Complete Shell 

Michael Morley is posting regular updates about his progress building a unique green home with structural insulated panels (SIPs). This is an update from April 12, 2010. You can find previous posts here. 


Today (Monday), we had Polk Crane services send over a boom truck to help lift the SIP roof panels into position. We prepped the panels by pre-installing the sub-facia and the box splines and rigged the lifting points with plates and adjustable straps.

We always put a rope on a corner as a tag line to prevent the panel from “sailing” and to control its swing. Three of us set the panels in about one hour and then stapled the box splines, installed 12” panel screws at 12” on center and connected the short pieces of 2-by-10 to make the sub-facia solid.

The shell is essentially complete, and we will move inside to complete the floor system and frame the second floor walls. Once the interior framing is completed, we will move back outside to install windows and doors and exterior finish.

We have received many positive comments from neighbors and passersby, with an occasional negative comment. Some people are really afraid of change of any kind. The accompanying photo shows the framed in structural/thermal shell of the building.

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Jacqueline Jakle
7/13/2010 8:04:24 PM
This is the first time I've seen this article and photo. Is the dome shape part of a yurt style dwelling? Are there any photos of the interior? Are there special codes for building this type of structure? Do you need the City's permission to build this type of structure? Good luck with your endeavor.

4/28/2010 10:09:19 PM
Mike, very happy to see your progress, and thanks for sharing the detail. Great job. Please post link to the video timelapse with each new entry.

Tom Cox_2
4/16/2010 8:48:09 AM
Very interested to follow the progress of a SIP project. I've fantasized about retrofitting SIPS to the outside of our old trailer, which is pathetically under-insulated. Improved insulation would be a goal, of course, but I expect that improved structural strength would be a benefit, too. Good luck and continued success with your project!

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