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Structural Insulated Panels Design Considerations

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Designing a high-performance structure can be challenging. Important considerations must be made during the design phase of a structural insulated panel (SIP) structure. We have years of experience which can help reduce the learning curve and leverage SIPs’ exceptional qualities to achieve high-performance results.

Design Considerations

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High-performance Building Envelope

SIPs yield high-performance building envelopes with energy performance well beyond conventional framing.  
  • No additional continuous insulation on the building exterior
  • Eliminates poor quality insulation installation
  • Larger panels have few gaps
  • Reduced thermal bridging from fewer lumber connections  
  • Airtight envelope improving indoor air quality 
  • Reduces HVAC sizing and dramatically improves 
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HVAC Systems and Sizing

The energy efficiency and airtightness of SIPs positively affect the HVAC(Heating Venting and Air Conditioning) design resulting in smaller unit requirements. 
  • Proper HVAC sizing reduces costs  
  • Enhances comfort and performance
  • Specifying a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) or Similar
  • Better cycling for better dehumidifying and reduced mold
  • SIP typically achieves less than 2 ACH@50pa 
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Structural Capabilities

SIPs have the structural strength to work well in virtually any design. In addition, SIPs structural capacities comply with most, if not all, building codes. 
  • More significant strength over conventional framing 
  • Greater design flexibility. 
  • Reduced intermediate support structures
  • Potential elimination of some or all headers 
  • Easy-to-read load capacities charts
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Electrical chases are provided to simplify the electrical rough-in, saving the electrician a great deal of time in the field.
  • Built-in vertical and horizontal electrical chases 
  • Use of surface-mounted LED lighting 
  • Pre-plan electrical requirements before Sip Manufacturing
  • Faster electrical installation
  • Marked electrical chases for easy identification
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Plumbing should be placed within interior walls to protect the integrity of the high-performance envelope and to avoid freezing the supply lines in cold climates.
  • Interior application plumbing control optimizing envelope
  • Minimize roof penetrations
  • Consolidating all vents 
  • Easy added plumbing chase way on the exterior
  • More manageable sealing for air tightness 
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