Are SIP Homes Hurricane Proof?

In recognition of Hurricane Preparedness Week I thought I’d offer the SIP perspective on building a structure that can withstand much of what Mother Nature can dish out. SIPs have a notable history of surviving direct hits from the devastating winds of a hurricane while their traditionally framed neighboring structures often shatter into sticks. I have […]

Vertical Chases in Every SIP Panel?

Conversations with those new to SIPs inevitably turn to concerns and questions on how to run electrical through structural insulated panels. Most assume that the solid core of a SIP thwarts the efforts of your electrician to efficiently run wires through walls and roof. In actuality, with a bit of preplanning and knowledgeable SIP installers,... Continue Reading →

SIPschool at 2015 Timber Framers Guild Annual Conference

SIPschool’s Al Cobb will be presenting a one day workshop at the upcoming Timber Framers Guild Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Join him on Thursday, October 29 for “Wrapping the Perfect Frame with the Perfect Envelope”. Cost is $175 per person for the all-day event, which will include discussions on the following SIP design  ... Continue Reading →

Sizing HVAC for Your SIP Home

The following question was in my Inbox this morning. Does SIPA have any contacts in the "HVAC world" regarding proper sizing of HVAC equipment for SIP homes?  At the 2015 Annual Meeting the Structural Insulated Panel Association announced that SIPA had entered into a buying agreement with the folks at NORESCO, LLC to offer discounts... Continue Reading →

SIPs & Passive House

SIPs have a good track record with the Passive House community and the reason is obvious. A structural insulated panel envelope (if installed properly) is very tight, and it is this inherent tightness that allows builders to meet the airtightness requirements of Passive House. I often hear about builders' and designers' concerns over meeting this strict requirement. A... Continue Reading →

SIPs and Small Spaces

Saturday’s Cozy Cottage Workshop was standing room only, with attendees traveling as much as six hours to be here at SIPschool. Our outline for the three hour session was centered on two main topics: Structural Insulated Panels, and building very small structures. Also of great interest was the “wheels vs foundation” debate, sparking discussions on... Continue Reading →

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