Why Smart Commercial Builders Prefer SIPs

Posted by Roberta Bartel on July 29, 2020

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 sector. Potential owners and occupants of commercial structures demand benefits such as lower maintenance and operating costs.

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New building codes call for more energy-efficient structures

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.

CharlieEwaltweb-1“Commercial construction is all about efficiency. Building owners and designers are tasked 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.”

SIPs are:

  • faster
  • stronger
  • tighter
  • straighter

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.

2006 Swine Services UnlimitedAn 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.

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

Smart commercial builders are sold on SIPs when they realize that SIPs are an improvement upon stick-framing — from improving structural capabilities, to increasing energy efficiency, to speeding up installation — while keeping the project fully customizable.

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When you build with Enercept SIPs we provide a building that will go up faster and will be warmer, tighter, stronger, quieter and more cost-effective than conventional construction. It is a commitment that others simply can’t beat!

Topics: Commercial High-Performance Envelope, commercial building