SIPs: Increase Your Value, Decrease Your Costs

Ard Smits, President Structural Insulated Panel Association

Welcome to the premier issue of Select SIPs – the industry’s first and only magazine dedicated to structural insulated panels (SIPs). Whether walls, roofing, or flooring, SIPs are critical for a robust energy envelope needed to meet today’s – and most importantly – tomorrow’s demands.

The construction market is ripe for durable and resilient construction as seen both by recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and also by more demanding energy performance codes, tighter air leakage requirements, and sustainability desires. SIP construction contributes solutions to each of these needs.

Why SIPs? SIPs cost less. SIPs create a better structure. SIPs t with the market demand for less air leakage (often lower than one air change per hour ACH50) and faster install times using less available, lower skilled labor. All this with factory controlled, precision quality and exact tolerances for even complicated designs delivered to the jobsite, cutting days to weeks off framing and roofing schedules for a rapid “dry-in” time.


Many times, the reductions come just from the cumulative savings allowed during integrative design and installation.

How can a value-added product like SIPs really cost less? Many times, the reductions come just from the cumulative savings allowed during integrative design and installation. SIPs minimize wall layers, joints, and thermal bridging to achieve the high insulation and leakage performance mandated by today’s most demanding IECC 2012 and 2015 codes. Trimming HVAC costs with smaller systems, shorter duct runs placed in conditioned spaces, and faster electrical install due to pre-cut cable chases, receptacles and switches save more time and money.

Reductions from almost no jobsite waste to haul to the landfill combined with fast erecting jumbo wall and roof panels lengths up to 8 ft x 24 ft using lower cost labor add up. But wait – all of these savings are before the decades of building occupants enjoying significantly lower HVAC operating costs with superior indoor environmental quality.

If you are new to SIPs, let our members answer your questions. If you use SIPs already, please share your stories with us at info@sips.org or www.sips.org.



This is a reprint from SIPA Speaks
Fall 2017