August 2012

Structural Insulated Panels Recognized for Energy-Efficiency and Weather Resistance by Lindsay Locke

SIPs

New high performance building systems are rapidly gaining popularity in residential construction. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are one of several new unconventional building systems that reportedly improve energy efficiency and resistance to natural disasters. SIPs are formed under factory controlled conditions by encasing an insulated foam core between two structural facings, typically panels of oriented strand board (OSB).