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 owners and occupants of commercial structures demand benefits such as lower maintenance and operating costs.
With the goal of achieving high-performance building envelopes in commercial, light industrial, and institutional projects, SIPs are a sensible option for long and short-term value.
“Commercial construction is all about efficiency. Building owners and designers aretasked with meeting insulation requirements, to assure the building performs well throughout its lifetime,” says Enercept President Charlie Ewalt.“Contractors are tasked with constructing buildings which meet these requirements, within a short amount of time. SIPs can provide a solution for all stakeholders. This solution includes time savings through the construction process, and a SIP exterior envelope done well, can provide energy savings for generations.”
The quick construction of SIPs results in a faster return on your commercial investment. Commercial builders who are new to this method are often surprised at the ease and speed of erecting a SIPs structure. Since the customized, factory-built panels include interior and exterior sheathing as well as insulation and framing in each panel, both time and money are saved at the building site.
An abbreviated construction process and smaller HVAC equipment requirements lower initial costs; the high-performance building envelope ensures increased indoor air quality, reduced energy costs and continuous insulation. The strength of the panels allows for large spans (such as a gymnasium, church sanctuary, auditorium or manufacturing floor) with fewer posts and trusses.
Not only do SIPs speed construction, they afford designers, engineers and builders a product which can exceed building codes, resulting in an extremely energy-efficient envelope. Building faster lowers your initial costs; more efficient structures continue to save money over time — big wins for owners and occupants. Together, the value of building with SIPs is obvious.Other Advantages of a SIPs Structure include:
- Requires minimal maintenance
- Withstands extremely high winds
- Tight building envelope means less rain, wind and sand infiltration
- Improves indoor air quality by keeping pollen, dust and other allergens to a minimum
Commercial builders are sold on SIPs when they realize that SIPs are an improvement upon stick-framing. SIPs take the advantages of sticks (straightforward building, ease of use and customization) and upgrade all the specs — from improving structural capabilities, to increasing energy efficiency, to speeding up installation — while keeping the project fully customizable.