Do I Need Special Tools and Equipment to Build With SIPs?

Posted by Roberta Bartel on February 9, 2022

What's in your tool belt?

Chances are, you already have most of the tools you will need to install a SIP package. According to the Enercept Construction Guide here is a list of the tools you will need:

  • Hammer
  • Tape measureman wearing a tool belt
  • 3'-4' Level
  • Hand saw
  • Square
  • Electric drill
  • Ratchet straps
  • 1-1/2" Wood bit
  • Circular saw
  • Small flat pry bars
  • Ladder(s)
  • String-line
  • Pipe clamps
  • Come-a-long
  • Panel lifting equipment

There are also a few accessories you will need for your Enercept wall and structural roof panel package - most will be included in your SIP package:

  • Sealant
  • Seam Tape
  • Expanding foam Sealant 
  • SIP screws
  • Lifting Plates or Lifting Rod
  • Electric Hot Knife or Foam Cutter
  • 8d and 16d nails
  • 2x sill plate (treated if required)
  • 2x single top plate and 1-1/4" cap plate
  • Wall to roof EPS wedge
  • OSB window trim strips
  • Center ridge/valley beams (as needed)
  • House wrap
  • Panel layouts
  • 2x Temporary bracing material
SIP lifting rod lifting plate SIP foam scoop hot knife
SIP sealant SIP screws

Pictured above - SIP lifting rod and lifting plate for lifting roof panels, Foam scoop or hot knife for on-site panel adjustments, SIP-Seal used between panels and between SIP panels and plate material, and SIP screws.

Bonus Information:

Here are a few general construction procedures from the Enercept Construction Guide:

  1. Inventory panels and other materials upon delivery
  2. Stack panels on an elevated, level, well drained area, or on dunnage. Protect panels with tarps or similar protective coverings until installed.
  3. Footing/slab/floor system must be level and square before the sill plate is installed. Squareness and proper alignment of the sill plates are critical to the Enercept System.
  4. Follow all recommended nail, connector, and screw spacings.
  5. Drill matching access holes in sill and top plates that align with the vertical electrical chases in the wall panels.
  6. Continually check to make sure that all centerline dimensions are maintained.
  7. Adequate wind and temporary bracing must be used during construction.
  8. Seal all penetrations in the panels after plumbing and electrical are in place with expanding foam sealant.
  9. Use only sealants and sill sealer compatible for use with expanded polystyrene foam. Panel joints must be sealed to prevent air infiltration.
  10. Seam tape must be applied to interior panel seams (typically on the warm in winter side of the panel).
  11. Over-framed areas should be ventilated per code.
  12. Please make SAFETY your first and foremost consideration!

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a complete list of construction procedures.

Refer to the Enercept Construction Guide for further details and construction information. You can find the Enercept Construction Guide and more technical information here:

Enercept SIPs Technical Data


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