The Process of Custom Design in Five Easy 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? For a successful project, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

2020 Building Excellence Awards

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

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) ...

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 ...

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, ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Less Laboring On Labor Day

"Take rest. A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop." - OVID Monday, September 7th is Labor Day ... a day to enjoy a well-deserved day off.  Labor Day honors millions of hardworking Americans across the country.  ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 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 ...

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: 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 ... 

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 ...

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: 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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.”

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 — ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

National Science Station Project: SIPs to the South Pole

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station Elevated Science Station; 80,000 square feet; 2 stories; construction begins 1999, dedicated in 2008 Enercept worked with the National Science Foundation in manufacturing the structural ...

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 ...

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 ...

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: ...

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 ...