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 →

Used Structural Insulated Panel Manufacturing Equipment For Sale

SIPschool continues to be a great resource for buying and selling used SIP equipment.  Our latest: Black Brothers End-Loading Press and Glue Spreader.  Both of these pieces of equipment have been recently factory refurbished and are ready to ship. If manufacturing structural insulated panels is in your future, contact us for full specs and pricing.... 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 →

Does an OSB Spline Really Work With My SIP Design?

 I received the following email last week from a consumer who has questions about using splines in SIP walls and roofs. I’ve been researching SIP manufacturers and have a question no one has satisfactorily answered for me. Panels that I have seen in demonstration use a block spline for joining panels although one had framing... 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 →

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