Why Smart Commercial Builders Prefer SIPs

If you've never built with SIPs, your next project could be the perfect opportunity to experience the benefits of SIP construction.  Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are gaining attention in the commercial building ...

Talk SIPs to Me. A Glossary of SIP-Related Words and Phrases

Like all industries, the construction industry (and, in particular, SIP construction) seems to have its unique language. Some of the products and components we use and produce are unique.  While those of us who work in ...

Your Easy Button for SIPs

Are you new to home construction? Most Homeowners are, but Enercept has been doing this for 39 years. Our trusted team of employees and network of professional collaborators can provide support and guidance from the ...

Enercept SIPs key to Tiny House Village

In 2016, New Mexico's Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque began searching for ways to house its transitional homeless population.

Enercept Teams Up With Local Habitat For Humanity On 30th & 31st Homes

Habitat For Humanity Duplex will Feature Enercept SIP Walls "We are so very grateful for all of the generosity of the Watertown community & businesses! Because of all of your big beautiful hearts Habitat has been able ...

SIPs - The Builder's Choice When Disasters Strike

Dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster is never easy, and the rebuilding process can be frustrating and time consuming for builders as well as homeowners. If you are in this situation or know someone who is, ...

What Makes a SIP Home a Healthier Home?

Today more than ever, a healthy environment is important. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, and indoor air is typically two to five times more polluted ...

How to Maximize Your Multifamily Housing Investment

One of the biggest pros in investing in multifamily housing is cash flow.  One of the biggest questions is how to maximize your investment.

What Else Should I Ask? F.A.Q. About Structural Insulated Panels.

Are you new to structural insulated panels (SIPs)? If you are, you probably have many questions about this innovative construction method.  Enercept can help.

Sorry We Missed You. Your Personal Home Show SIP Presentation.

In January, the 2020 spring home show season was off and running. Shows were being well attended, and homeowners were eager to learn about their options and to get started on their spring and summer building projects.

What Are Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)?

A SIPs 101 Explanation of Structural Insulated Panels and Why You Should Build With Them.

2020 Building Excellence Awards

SIPA Building Excellence Awards winners were announced on March 3, 2020. And the winner is...

COVID-19; How to Keep Moving Forward on Your Next SIP Building Project

The challenges we face in light of the Corona Virus COVID-19 are impacting how we conduct business everywhere. Enercept is working hard to stay on top of the rapidly changing events.

It's Back -  The 45L Tax Credit

The 45L residential tax credit has recently been extended through the end of 2020. This tax credit is equal to $2,000 per residential unit or dwelling to the developers and/or eligible contractors of energy efficient ...

SIP Inspired Homes

The American Dream, building your own home.  It doesn't matter if it's your first home or your retirement home; it takes a lot of planning and patience.  But, you can make the process happen more quickly when you put ...

SIPs With Post and Beam Construction; A Beautiful Combination!

Within the last ten years, it seems like there has been a resurgence in Post and Beam Construction. And, why not - these structures are beyond beautiful and also quite functional.

Are You Still Insulating On-Site? There Is a Better Way.

Eliminate most or your insulation labor when you build with off-site construction, like structural insulated panels (SIPs). 

Using FRP Skins With Structural Insulated Panels

Just when you think SIPs can't be any better, you discover a new way to utilize them. Energy Efficient and Environmentally Friendly; Enercept SIPs with Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Skins.

What Can SIPs Do For You? Four Great Reasons to Make the Switch

Whether You're a Home Builder, Commercial Builder, Architect, Designer, or Developer - Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are readily available and here to meet your construction needs.  

Enercept University 2020: Are You Ready for The Future of Framing?

Who's ready for spring?  Many of us are ready to get back out to doing what we love, building homes and earning our income.  Let Enercept kick start you 2020 building season with some fun hands-on training in Watertown, ...

Enercept SIPs: 2020 Home Show and Event Schedule

Who wouldn't love a new, energy-efficient home?  Whether you're planning to build this year, next year, or in five years - the time to start planning is yesterday.  Where can you get the best ideas and inspiration?  At ...

Properly Applied House Wrap; Critical to Your SIP Home's Health

Protecting your building envelope Air leakage can impact your building's durability. Wet wooden sheathing can rot and break down,  diminishing your structure's strength. 

Up On the Housetop - Five Reasons You Want a SIP Roof

The best way to top off your home is with a SIP roof. A SIP roof system provides superior insulation and durability. Enercept Ready To Assemble roof panels are pre-cut to your specifications, eliminating concerns about ...

Six Great Reasons to Enclose Your Timber Frame Home in SIPs

A SIP wall system may have the single most positive impact on your Timber Home's construction. A number of elements contribute to your unique timber home design.  Structural insulated panels offer an eco-friendly ...

Being Thankful

If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof overhead, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world.

Rooster Rush - SIP Hunting Lodge

Without a doubt, South Dakota offers some of the best Pheasant Hunting in the Country, and Enercept couldn't be happier to have played a part in the construction of two very unique hunting lodge buildings. Each SIP ...

Celebrate National Energy Awareness Month 2019

October brings us the World Series, pumpkin spice everything, football, a change in seasons, fall foliage, and National Energy Awareness Month.

Do You Know What You're Getting? Learn About Differences In SIPs.

A student of Frank Lloyd Wright - Alden B. Dow -  began experimenting with sandwich-panel technology in the 1950s and build the first Styrofoam Houses in Midland, Minneapolis in 1951.  Since that time, SIPs have ...

Winter Construction: More Cost-Effective and Comfortable With SIPs

Did the cold, wet spring and summer of 2019 rob you of precious building time?  We've all seen it before - the urgency in the air to get your building projects buttoned-up before winter hits.  However, after the short ...

Winning at State AIA Conventions & Events

Like Us - Tag Us - Share Us to win Each year, AIA Chapters host gathering places for multi-disciplinary discourse and discovery, bringing together thought leaders in architecture and design from around their region and ...

Less Laboring On Labor Day

"Take rest. A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop." - OVID Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day ... a day to enjoy a well-deserved day off.  Labor Day honors millions of hardworking Americans across the country.  ...

Award-winning SIP Construction; Blue Wave On The Bay

2018 SIPA Building Excellence 1st Place Award Winner - Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Buildings under 10,000 sq. ft. Blue Wave on the Bay, Ashland, WI - SIPs by Enercept. Blue Wave is home to a Restaurant, Retail ...

AIA State Conventions and Expos

AIA was founded in 1857 by 13 architects. Headquartered in Washington, DC, they have more than 200 chapters around the world, and over 94,000 members. AIA Annual Events: Each year, AIA Chapters host gathering places for ...

SIPs in the City: An Urban Dream in Oklahoma

Not only was this home the 2018 SIPA Building Excellence First Place Award Winner - Single Family Homes Under 3,000 sq. ft. and Overall Residential Winner, it's a winner in the downtown landscape of Edmond.

How Do SIPs Fit In Log Home Planning?

The beauty and charm of a log home or cabin are hard to resist.  They can be rustic, charming and quaint, or simply breath-taking. The one thing they all have in common is the warm, natural appearance of the log ...

Do I Need an Architect or Design Professional? What's the Difference?

As you build your new home, you'll be confronted with several choices - there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to new construction. One of your first choices will be the design of your home. However, where do you ...

Good Bones - The Anatomy of a SIP Home

A SIP home with "good bones" is a great home to live in. SIP construction includes many of the same components as traditional construction, but offers the benefits of a stronger structure, increased energy efficiency, ...

Enercept U: Meet the Newest Factory Trained Installation Specialists

As of May 3rd, there are 27 new Factory Trained SIP Installation Specialists.  Participants traveled to Watertown, SD from Maine, New Jersey, Georgia, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, ...

Structural Engineering Defined

What Is Structural Engineering? What Does a Structural Engineer Do? Why Do We Need Them? While we will never know who designed the Parthenon or the aqueducts of the Roman Empire, we do know that the Romans were among ...

Enercept Welcomes Joe Pasma, PE as National Sales Manager

Pasma has been a part of the SIP industry for over 25 years and is eager to play an active role with a company that intends to grow its’ business.

Don't Get Burned; Fire Performance With SIPs

We often talk about how warm and cozy SIPs structures are, but what about when things really heat up?  Fire safety is an important — and perhaps life-saving — consideration when building any structure.

Enercept is Building Excellence: Trav's Outfitter

It took years of dreaming and planning but just months of construction - creating an energy-efficient, structurally-sound environment which offers far more retail floor space and an outstanding shopping experience ... 

Enercept is Building Excellence: Mt. Hope Winery

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Welcomes Winery and Social Venue ... 

Enercept is Building Excellence: Carter MRI Clinic

Oklahoma Equine Hospital - award-winning construction with purpose ... 

Enercept is Building Excellence: Thunder Valley Housing

Creating affordable climate change resilient homes; how SIPs filled the need ... 

Enercept is Building Excellence: Stepp Tree House & Prairie Winds U.M. Church

From Privacy to Fellowship, Building Excellence Comes in All Sizes ... 

Cabin Fever - It's Contagious!

How's the weather look from your window? Lately, is seems that most of the Country is dealing with nasty weather...be it rain, snow, wind, or a combination.  And, it seems that everyone's conversation revolves around ...

Is Bigger Better For Your Next Building Project? Check Out Our Jumbos

Eight-foot Wide Jumbo Wall and Roof Panels Speed Up Construction Large prefabricated panels boast major productivity benefits for builders and designers over conventional stud framing: faster construction, lower labor ...

Floor SIPs - Perfect for sun rooms, all season rooms and floors over a crawl space

Floor SIPs - Perfect for sun rooms, all season rooms and floors over a crawl space SIPs floors are essentially wall panels laid flat. Featuring a solid core of EPS with intermediate structural members, SIP floor panels ...

Living Stone Lodge Project - Positive Space For Today's Families

Like all great ideas, the Living Stone Lodge started out as a dream; a dream for a better home and closer families...

Coming to a Home Show or Event Near You

While the weather outside might be frightful, you'll find that being inside, at a home show, can be delightful!   You'll discover what is new and innovative in the building industry when you stop by any of these fun ...

Resistant to SIP Construction; 7 Reasons You Should Reconsider

Building with Structural Insulated Panels; It's Really Not Complicated.   Making the switch to SIPs is easier than you think.  SIPs are widely available and make it easy to build really energy efficient buildings that ...

Do's and Don'ts; Working with Structural Insulated Panels

Handling and Installing SIPs The Right Way Building with structural insulated panels (SIPs) is faster and easier than stick framing.  The truck arrives at your building site, loaded with your pre-cut panels, ready to ...

Greenbuild 2018 - Thank you for your interest

IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND GREAT TO MEET THOSE WHO ATTENDED As a new USGBC Silver member, Enercept was thrilled to be part of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo - 2018 held at Chicago's McCormick Place  ...

Five Key Tips For Building With SIPs

Prescriptive Advice That Even Experienced SIP Users Should Review Structural insulated panels or SIPs are gaining the attention of Builders and Customers interested in achieving high-performance building envelopes in ...

The Journey Begins-10 Steps For Starting Your Spring Home Today

The Process of Building the SIP Home of Your Dreams Begins With Planning. As with any journey, you’ll want to do some research before plan your trip. You’ll want to have a good sense of your vision, the end result, and ...

Did You Know? Straight Talk About SIPs

What do you think you know about Structural Insulated Panels? At Enercept we like to say structural insulated panels (SIPs) are "the future of framing". SIPs construction includes many of the same components as ...

In This Ring: SIPs VS ICFs

It’s a strongly-debated comparison in the sustainable building arena and experts often go rounds about this question: Which is better – Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) or Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)? The answer? ...

Why SIPs Fit

SIPs meet and exceed today's construction needs, and are the perfect fit for your next building project. The design flexibility, unique performance properties, and exceptional strength, combined with the energy and ...

SIPs and the HERS Index - Dare To Go Low

The Path to Net Zero Energy Homes The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. Developed by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), the ...

Love Affair With Log Homes

July is National Log Homes Month! Often associated with American colonial life, log cabins have a long history in the United States and  are still popular today. Today's Log Homes are being built to be more energy ...

SIPs and Steel Framing Well-matched for Design, Energy Efficiency

SIPs and Steel Framing Well-matched for Design, Energy Efficiency While Enercept’s Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are primarily thought of as an alternative to traditional stick-built buildings, they provide ...

Let's Build a Greener Future – Enercept Teams Up With USGBC

ENERCEPT IS A PROUD U.S.G.B.C. SILVER MEMBER Established SIPs manufacturer reinforces its commitment to green building Enercept, a long-time manufacturer of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) is pleased to announce its ...

The Secret to Building Homes Millennials Can Afford

Unlock the secrets to affordable homes for millennial buyers Aiming for the basics and a truly ‘smart’ home are key Americans born between 1981 and 1997 (the definition of ‘millennial’ provided by Pew Research Center) ...

Are Factory Made SIPs The Answer For Today's Housing Squeeze?

SIPs Streamline the Building Process  Nearly a decade after the recession flattened the housing industry and caused waves of contractors to go bankrupt and lay-off construction workers, the population of skilled ...

Five Ways to Save Costs on New Construction

FIVE WAYS TO SAVE ON NEW CONSTRUCTION Materials, time, home size, your builder, and timing are all considerations when maximizing your building dollars. Choose wisely.

The Process of Custom Design in Five Steps

Custom Design in Five Steps Every custom home starts with you, or more accurately, your dream. When the time comes to build a custom home — perfectly, uniquely yours — where do you begin? James Van Raden, general ...

SIPs vs. Sticks; Contractors' Guide to Using SIPs

Building with Enercept Structural Insulated Panels Making the switch to SIPs is easier than you think.  SIPs are widely available and the fully customized nature of Enercept Structural Insulated Panels makes them easy ...

SIPs Underground; Five Smart Reasons to Use Below-Grade SIPs

Five Reasons to Use Below-Grade SIPs Warm, dry and easily-constructed basements are every builder’s dream. And, one more reason Enercept SIPs are The Future of Framing. Permanent wood foundation (PWF) SIPs are a mature ...

High Performance Construction Neighborhoods

High Performance Neighborhoods Offer a Better Quality Of Life Our favorite planned communities strive for responsible construction and promote sustainable living Just as the advent of smart technology has led to smart ...

Disaster Resistant Building With the Superior Strength of SIPs

Extreme Weather Protection...Get The Edge with Enercept SIPs  The demand for better-built, disaster resistant homes continues to rise as codes get stronger and homeowners realize the many benefits of a high performance ...

Success with SIP-Steel Construction

Flexible, Attractive Design With Enercept Insulated Panels and Steel Framing Structural Insulated Panels Designed For Steel Construction When cross-Engineered with Steel Building Systems,  Enercept Structural Insulated ...

Eco-Friendly Architect-inspired SIP Homes

Why Many Architects Are Turning To SIPs From to an Urban Aspiration in Edmond, OK to an Open Prairie Home in ND or a Palm-Springs Inspired Home is Savage, MN Structural Insulated Panels are filling a void and making ...

Enercept Sustainable Building; Earth Day Every Day

At Enercept Green Is Not Just A Color, It's A Better Way to Build Saving Time, Saving Money, Saving the Environment Spring is the perfect time of the year to celebrate Earth Day. As the days get longer, the song birds ...

Enercept SIPs Cover The Seaport Pier Multi-purpose Venue

The Jersey Shore welcomes Seaport Pier, a year-round multi-purpose venue for regional and tourist guests of North Wildwood, NJ. North Wildwood, NJ's Seaport Pier, vacant for almost a decade, is being redeveloped with ...

High Performance Apartments; Better Quality Of Life For Your Renters

High Performance Apartments Offer Better Quality Of Life Multifamily Housing Units Contain Thousands of Dollars of Energy Savings Potential A building that is energy efficient begins with the building enclosure.  More ...

Enercept SIPs Helps Eliminate Wind Noise On Open Prairie Home

2018 SIPA Building Excellence Runner Up - Single Family Homes Over 3,000 sq. ft.  Elm Tree Residence, New Town, ND. SIPs by Enercept. The Elm Tree Residence is an amazing home located on a five generational family ...

Jorgensen Land & Cattle Redefines The Traditional Corporate Office

2018 SIPA Building Excellence 1st Place Award Winner - Agricultural Buildings Jorgensen Land & Cattle (JLC) Office Building, Ideal, South Dakota. SIPs by Enercept. Jorgensen Land & Cattle is a family owned and managed ...

Award-winning SIP Construction; A Labor Of Love At Gathered Oaks

2018 SIPA Building Excellence 1st Place Award Winner - Renovations Gathered Oaks, Alexandria, MN. SIPs by Enercept. Gathered Oaks is a unique venue located in a serene setting where guests can dwell in congruence with ...

Five Quick Tips for Wiring with SIPs

Wiring with Enercept SIPs You've got the plan. You've personalized your design. Your land is purchased, and your financing is in place. Now, it's time to build your dream home. After learning the many benefits of ...

Ideation Design Group Offices

Ideation Design Group Offices 2017 SIPA Building Excellence Award Winner - Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Under 10,000 sq. ft. Ideation Design Group is a creative design studio employing 42 people. The studio ...

National Energy Awareness Month - Energy Savings With SIPs

October is National Energy Awareness Month. One short month to spread the word about the benefits of energy efficiency. This year’s Energy Awareness Month theme, A Sustainable Energy Future; Putting All the Pieces ...

SIPS - A Greener Way to Build

Enercept manufactures a variety of Structural Insulated Panel systems (SIPs) for virtually any construction need. Enercept strives to educate builders, architects, developers, appraisers, engineers and the general ...

Tippet Rise Arts Center's Olivier Barn

2017 SIPA Building Excellence Award Runner-up Commercial/Industrial/Institutional under 10,000 sq. ft. Tippet Rise Arts Center's Olivier Barn Location:  96 South  Grove Creek Road, Fishtail, MT 59028 Date Completed: ...

2017 SIPA Building Excellence Awards

Enercept Takes Home Four 2017 SIPA Building Excellence Awards Earlier this week the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) held their Annual Meeting and Conference in Austin, TX.  During this meeting the winners ...

Christmas In a SIP House

Something fun for Christmas:  

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Safety, It's Important! Growing up there were two things that really frightened me, tornadoes and fires.  The second became more pronounced after my Spanish teacher, Karen Kittinger, and four of her children died ...

How to Save Over $100,000.00 In Mortgage Interest

How Could Building With Enercept Structural Insulated Panels Save You Over $100,000.00 in Mortgage Interest? With the cooperation of two neighbors, Enercept was able to perform a side-by-side comparison of two similar ...

Enercept multifamily housing – A greener way to build

Enercept Structural Insulated Panels Receives 2016 Building Excellence Awards at SIPA National Conference April 21, 2016, Watertown, SD: Enercept Structural Insulated Panels was recognized at the 14th Annual Structural ...