5 Tips on Building with SIPS

A SIPs expert provides key tips and do’s and don’ts when working with the technology. By Professional Builder Staff

The growth of the green, energy-efficient homes market has led to an increased demand for high-performance building envelope products like structural insulated panels (SIPs). Typically composed of a layer of EPS, XPS, or polyurethane foam sandwiched between oriented strand board panels, SIPs can provide R-values for walls, floors, and roofs ranging from 14 to 58, depending on the panel thickness and composition. SIPs also are manufactured to spec, which means there’s little waste and potential labor savings over tradition stick-frame construction.

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