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 […]

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 →

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... Continue Reading →

Half SIP Ceiling – An Airtight Lid

The house had a conventional truss roof structure from the start.  Despite the general contractor's love of SIPs, the spans, point loads and floor layout did not lend themselves to the efficient use of roof SIPs. Discussions with the GC revealed the usual concerns over air leakage from the conditioned space into the vented attic.... Continue Reading →

Are You Cooling Your Building with Lawn Sprinklers?

I visited a local brewpub this past hot and sunny Saturday and noticed a peculiar sight outside this popular watering hole.  Two lawn sprinklers were being used alongside the building, but there was no grass. Evidently the poor business owner is having trouble keeping his establishment cool during these hot days. Using reasonable Building Science... Continue Reading →

Dancing with the SIPA Stars

Just like Jimmy Buffet Parrotheads, year after year Panelheads flock to the SIPA Annual Meeting and Conference.  This year was no exception, with manufacturers, builders, dealers and design professionals gathering in Tucson, Arizona  at the fabulous Loew’s Ventana Canyon Resort April 2-5.  We had a host of speakers, countless committee meetings, a golf tournament, networking,... Continue Reading →

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