Insulspan forms parternship with AmeriSus & Menards.

Insulspan, one of North America’s largest suppliers of structural insulating building products, has joined forces with AmeriSus – the American Sustainability Initiative LLC –to provide high-efficiency, affordable homes set for distribution this summer.

AmeriSus is challenging assumptions about home construction and ownership in America. Dedicated to the proposition that affordability, efficiency and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, AmeriSus is a series of kit homes – refined designs based on real-world solutions.

“We’re thrilled to be working with such a responsible and forward-looking company. By specifying SIPs for its entire line of homes, AmeriSus is making a strong statement that energy efficiency is non-negotiable and not just for the wealthy.”
Bruce Chorlton, Insulspan
Senior Vice President for Corporate Development

Insulspan will provide pre-fabricated SIP walls – two sheets of structural oriented strand board laminated to a core of solid expanded polystyrene insulation – that arrive on site with window openings, door openings and wire chases in place, allowing for rapid assembly and eliminating much of the waste of conventional framing.  This also facilitates AmeriSus’s “just in time” delivery system, which provides components to the builder as they’re needed.

“SIPs are a perfect fit for our system. When the builder is ready for walls he doesn’t get a load of lumber, he gets walls – pre-cut, insulated and ready to erect.  With the AmeriSus designs it is generally only four walls per floor.”
Tom Barton, AmeriSus
Architect , Co-Founder

The seven pre-engineered homes will also include heating and cooling systems, appliances and lighting, provided by a consortium of nationally recognized suppliers.  This collaboration will allow AmeriSus to take advantage of volume purchasing discounts, which will be reflected in the homes’ price.

Home sizes range from 1,100 to 1,600 square feet, and are suitable for a variety of lots, including urban in-fill sites.  AmeriSus homes are expected to sell for between $180,000 and $250,000.

Menards to supply Insulspan SIPS

After a rigorous review alongside other SIP manufacturers, Insulspan has been chosen as the exclusive SIP supplier to Menard’s, a chain of home improvement stores headquartered in Eau Claire, Wis. The privately owned company is thought to be the third-largest home improvement chain in the country, with 252 locations in 12 states.


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