Your Builder Works For You: How To Find The Right One

  Embarking on the home building journey can seem daunting. Most people wouldn’t attempt to navigate a ship across the ocean or visit a foreign country without the proper crew or a seasoned tour guide. Building your ...

Enercept Explains: What is EPS?

Particularly if you’ve been looking into building with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), you’ve likely heard the term “EPS.” What’s that? It’s expanded polystyrene foam. Um … okay. What’s THAT?

Enercept Explains: Modular Homes

Modular homes are nothing new on the construction scene. In fact, modular homes been around for more than a century. In the early 1900s, customers could order home kits from the Sears catalog. Once they arrived (usually ...

Enercept Explains: What is OSB?

Every profession or craft has its own jargon, and the construction business is no different. Subs, slabs, rough-in, dry-in … the list endless. At the top of our list of commonly used lingo is structural insulated panels ...

SIPs Gaining Ground in Commercial Market

Never built with SIPs? Your next project could be your opportunity to experience their advantages firsthand.  Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are garnering attention in the commercial building sector. Potential ...

Three Great Reasons to Remodel and Renovate With SIPs

Renovating or remodeling? SIPs may be a worthwhile consideration.   One often hears stories of beautiful, energy efficient new construction using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). It’s not unusual to see new SIP ...

Getting to Know Us: Larry McCoy, Enercept Commercial Regional Sales Manager

Larry McCoy has always been a busy guy. From his earliest days growing up in a bustling household in  Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with his parents and seven siblings, Larry loved to draw.

What Makes a Building 'Green'?

It's a buzzword we've heard for decades – go 'green.' We’ve been encouraged to plant trees, recycle, cut back on water usage, walk or use public transportation when possible – the list goes on and continues to grow as ...

Need to Downsize? How to Optimize Your Smaller Space.

Whether you're empty-nesters ready to downsize, buying or building a home on a tight budget or simply want to live in less space, the trend toward smaller homes is in full swing. Homebuilders are offering floor plans ...

Big Benefits with a Smaller Footprint

One hallmark of the American dream has been owning a home. But over the years, the notion of a “dream home” has changed drastically.

Getting to Know Us: Charlie Ewalt, Enercept President

Charlie Ewalt, Enercept President, grew up on a small diversified farm near Grenville, South Dakota. As the second youngest of six children, he developed a strong work ethic at a young age.

Getting to Know Us: Joe Pasma, National Sales Manager

  Joe Pasma always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up ­– or at least since he was just a little boy. “I was five years old when I decided I was going to be a structural engineer,” Joe recalls.

Enercept University: Are You Ready for SIP Installation Training?

Temperatures are rising, snow is melting and it's almost time to begin the most wonderful time of the year ... peak construction season! Are you and your crew ready to work with SIPs? If not, Enercept University is a ...

Getting to Know Us: Jon Golz, Enercept Regional Sales Manager

One could describe Enercept Regional Sales Manager Jon Golz many ways, but the aggregate and most apt description may well be ‘life-long learner.’ And it’s not a quality that will likely ever disappear. 

When the "Perfect" Location is Less Than Perfect: Find The Better Way to Build

The ideal location for your project might be a crowded city neighborhood, in the middle of the woods, a hillside in a rocky forest or simply an extremely remote location, like the South Pole (below.) It’s perfect for ...

Confused: What's the Difference Between Post & Beam and Timber Frame?

They look similar. They both showcase the natural beauty of timbers and have a oft-sought rustic aesthetic. They both make for stunning structures. So what's the actual difference? 

A New Home to Love in Ponca City

Tripling living space on a farmhouse renovation gives Oklahoma family more home to love ... 

Getting to Know Us: Bernie Stone, Enercept Regional Sales Manager

It’s safe to say Regional Sales Manager knows nearly every aspect of Enercept SIPs: He’s done it all when it comes to production and sales.

Looking Back: Award-Winning Projects by Enercept

Each year, the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) is hosts their annual Building Excellence Awards to recognize association members that build exemplary projects using structural insulated panels (SIPs). The ...

Getting to Know Us: Neal Mack, Enercept Sr. Regional Sales Manager

Growing up on a family farm east of Watertown, South Dakota, Senior Regional Sales Manager Neal Mack is no stranger to hard work and the meaning of a handshake. A steady diet of chores (along with his mom’s home ...

Getting to Know Us: Jon Wagar, Enercept Regional Sales Manager

Jon Wagar can tell a story like no other and seems to know just about everyone, always remembering some detail about them and usually a story (or ten!) He’s quick with a joke or an amusing anecdote from his many years ...

Resolve to Go Green; Ten Easy Ideas to Get You Started

It’s a new year, and that often means New Year’s resolutions. Drop a bad habit? Exercise more? Lose weight? Go green? We can’t help you with the first few but have plenty of ideas on the latter.

Treasured Memories:  The Best Gift of All

Christmas in the Rockies is a family tradition for the Jim and Joyce Cillessen family; this year will mark the ninth Christmas they’ve owned the home.

Getting to Know Us: Mandy Dudley, Enercept Regional Sales Manager

Meet our newest Regional Sales Manager, Mandy Dudley. A self-proclaimed tom-boy, Mandy grew up in a small farming community in northeastern Missouri and has been familiar with architecture and engineering from a young ...

A New Church for Christmas

Parishioners at Prairie Winds United Methodist Church in Dickinson, North Dakota have a new church for Christmas this year … and they couldn’t be happier.  

The Real Savings When You Build With Structural Insulated Panels

How much do structural insulated panels (SIPs) cost? And, perhaps not surprisingly, it’s a difficult question to answer because each project is so unique.

If a Picture's Worth a Thousand Words ...

Then a video is worth at least a million.  Enercept is proud to announce our new YouTube channel. Check out our new videos and be sure to visit often as our collection of featured projects and how-to films is ...

Affordable Housing is Dead: Let's Change the Conversation

Affordable housing: What do you think of when you hear that term? It conjures up many images. And let’s be honest, they’re not always the most pleasant: “Low Income.” “Subsidized.” “Income-based.” “Workforce.”

Trav's Outfitter: A Final Look at the Finished Project

It took years of dreaming and planning but just months of construction; now Trav's Outfitter is officially at home in its new location in the strongest retail area of Watertown, South Dakota.

High School Building Trades Students Meet the Future of Framing

A group of high school students from Yankton High School had an eventful day September 5, 2018. The group of students was tasked with framing the exterior of a 1600 sq. ft. house in one day. Impossible? Not at all — ...

SIPs, Bringing New Life To Old Barns

One can easily imagine the idyllic, postcard-perfect scene: Lush fields, perhaps a lovely sunset and the iconic symbol of farm life — the barn.

Why Architects and Builders Prefer SIPs

SIPs offer superior energy efficiency to conventional stick-frame building. Enercept Structural Insulated Panels give architects and builders an easy way to create an air-tight building envelope that will improve the ...

The Future of Framing – Structural Insulated Panels Are Driving Change

High-Performance Building with Enercept At Enercept we like to say that structural insulated panels (SIPS) are “the future of framing,” but in truth, the future is now. Enercept has been fabricating SIPS since 1981, and ...

How Enercept can make commercial buildings more efficient with sips

Efficiency, ease and local connection at core of decision-making process Trav’s Outfitter has been offering northeastern South Dakota a vast selection of safety shoes and boots since its beginnings in owner Travas ...