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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.

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.

Offsite Construction Saves More Than Just Time

Offsite construction involves the process of planning, designing, fabricating, transporting and assembling building elements for rapid onsite assembly At Enercept we like to say that structural insulated panels (SIPS) ...

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 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 ...

Enercept Explains: Building Science Behind Structural Insulated Panels

The science behind SIPs  With so many pieces to be assembled, it's easy to understand why stud frame houses take considerable time and labor to build. Enter Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) – the prefabricated ...

Enercept Explains: What Makes SIPs Stronger Than Stick Framing?

SIPs, by design, are load-carrying panel products Mother Nature can sometimes be difficult - high winds, heavy snow, hurricanes, and tornadoes are forces of nature that occur on a regular basis in the United States. ...

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 ...

Degrees of Green

Passive - LEED - Net Zero; welcome to the 'green building arena' The term “green home” is often used universally today, and while no official standard constitutes a green home, most people agree that building a green ...

Enercept Explains: Why Insulation Changes With The Seasons

Not all insulation is equal  In the world of building construction, we often talk about R-value and assign it a specific number associated with a building’s insulation. But home energy raters know that not all ...

Getting to Know Us: Dawn Gehrke, Enercept Regional Sales Manager

Enercept’s Regional Sales Manager, Dawn Gehrke, has over 25 years in the sales industry, but talking with customers about Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) has become her new passion.

Getting to Know Us: Dean Lewis, Enercept Regional Sales Manager

Dean Lewis’ path into the Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) industry was really very simple, he admits.

Enercept Explains: What Does a HERS Rater Do?

The Path to Net Zero Energy Homes Ultimate energy efficient homes like those built with Enercept Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) creates a solution that benefits the environment as well as your wallet. A home built ...

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 R-Value?

When we talk about Structural Insulated Panels (SIP), the term R-value inevitably enters the conversation. A wall is R-19, a roof is R-30 – what does this mean?

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 ...

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?

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.  ...

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 ...

It's Not Too Late! Be Working Inside Before Snow Flies Outside

Where has the time gone?  Hard to believe, isn't it? Summer has somehow vanished, the kids are headed back to school and that crisp bite of fall is in the air. The building season, particularly in the northern climate, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Healthy SIP Homes - The Right and Easy Choice

When building a new home, there are so many factors to consider — lighting, fixtures, cabinetry — the list goes on and on. Another often overlooked consideration are the health and wellness benefits of your home. 

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.

BISS

Because I Said so.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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.  

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Enercept takes home Five Building Excellence Awards

2018 Building Excellence Awards Winners were Announced on February 27, 2018 at the SIPA Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, FL The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) is hosting the sixteenth annual Building ...

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 ...

Enercept Builds Sustainable Home Development in North Dakota

Enercept is honored to have been selected by The Meadows to partner and build a better living experience for the Williston, ND community. Providing a comfortable living space with lower energy costs, for a better ...

Enercept helps construct a sustainable community that provides affordable living

Building A Resilient Community The $60 million plan involves members of the Oglala Lakota Nation helping to build their own homes. Enercept was honored to have been selected by Rob Pyatt and the Thunder Valley Community ...

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 ...

Christmas In a SIP House

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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 ...

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