Structural Insulated Panels
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) Product Profile
History of SIPS: The first SIP structure was built in 1935 by the US Forest Products Laboratory. The introduction of an automated panel press and the energy price hikes in the 1970’s, made the use of structural insulated panels or sandwich panels more prominent. Product performance and affordability were impacted by the introduction of oriented strand board (OSB) in 1981. Advancements have also been made in the technology of the adhesives used by SIP manufacturers.
Enercept SIPS – The Builders’ Choice
Faster Construction – Structural Insulated Panels combine structural framing, insulation, and sheathing into one step. Because of this a builder can frame more projects per year. Framing with SIPs is similar to framing with “Tilt-up” panels. A sill plate is installed, and the insulated panels are “tilted” into place and secured. All Enercept window and door openings are factory built, complete with 2x framing and headers. The fast enclosure system also extends your building season. We’ve had several builders quickly frame up a home in the dead of a South Dakota winter and spend the rest of the season finishing the interior.
Less Framing Labor – The pre-built nature of the SIP system requires fewer framers. Today fewer people are choosing building trades as a career, if the trend continues the labor rate for framers will increase. Building with Enercept requires less on site labor – saving you money. Enercept also provides on-site technical training for builders new to SIP construction and hands-on factory training for Enercept Independent Builders and Dealers.
Less job site waste – Another benefit of using Structural Insulated Panels is the reduction of job site waste, reducing the cost of waste disposal. Wood products usually account for 35% of job site waste. However, the typical exterior framing waste of an Enercept home can be hauled off in a single 55 gallon container.
Less material theft – Almost every builder has experienced job site material theft. It’s much more difficult for panels to grow legs and walk off your job site than it is for lumber to disappear – along with your profit margin.
Fully Customized – SIPs also reduce the margin for framing errors. Each panel is numbered to correspond with a computerized CAD panel blueprint. With the Enercept system, all rough openings are cut and framed at the factory, including structural headers. Panels are built to the engineer’s specs, taking the hassle and guesswork out of design and quality control on-site. Maintaining a consistent profit margin becomes easier with SIPs.
Superior Strength – Could your truss roof support the weight of a pickup truck? Stick-framing relies on the integrity of a multitude of connection points between 2x’s and sheathing. With SIPs, loads are distributed across the entire panel due to the continuous bond between the sheathing and rigid insulation. A structural insulated panel can be compared to an I-beam, with the sheathing acting as flanges and the insulation as the web.
An Enercept home located in the Florida Gulf survived Hurricane Opal in 1995 and was used as a meeting facility for the county rescue team. The same Enercept home along with another in Central Florida also survived the hurricanes of 2004!
Want to learn more?
Call one of our experienced sales managers at 605-882-2222.
or visit the Structural Insulated Panel Association – SIPA.