Selfbuilder & Homemaker: Ian Clay discusses the growing trend for SIPs in the UK self-build market
SIPs (structural insulated panels) have been used to build houses in the US for decades, but only recently have they started to catch on over this side of the pond. Driven predominantly by the self-build market, the use of SIPs in the UK construction sector is on the rise – and for good reason, says Ian Clay of SIPS@Clays.
Mr and Mrs Willis were looking for a cost-effective way to maximise living space in order to accommodate their daughter and her family. They settled on a SIPs conversion in and above the garage using the Kingspan TEK Building System, which would enable them to make the most of the roof space whilst minimising labour costs.
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Seeking inspiration for a self-build project? Want some advice on that dream remodel or extension? The Homebuilding & Renovating Show offers an invaluable experience for aspiring and seasoned self-builders alike, and in November it’s coming to Harrogate so if you live in the North, be sure not to miss out.
One of our projects has been featured on the Homebuilding & Renovating blog. The article highlights the benefits of SIPs with reference to an energy-efficient self build we worked on in Bedfordshire using the SIPs building system.
As part of a larger eco self-build project, George and Sue Davies were looking to install a 15m rear garage wall. The narrow plot adjoined their neighbours’ boundary, so it was essential that the build would cause minimal inconvenience and disruption whilst making the most of the available space.
We have recently finished work on a SIPs construction project for a self-build home on the edge of the small village of Duckington near Malpas, Cheshire. The roof went up last Wednesday, creating a virtually watertight structural shell that will maximise living space and enable self builders the Gidlows to make the most of their idyllic countryside views.
SIPS@Clays Advocates Fabric First Approach in March Issue of Housebuilder & Developer
The recent watering down of the Zero Carbon Policy highlights the government’s failure to recognise a more sustainable, more economically viable and fundamentally simpler alternative. The fabric first approach to construction offers a long-term solution for builders and developers looking to meet the new standard without having to rely on bolt-on technologies and carbon offsetting schemes.
SIPs Classroom on Track to be Erected Before Christmas
Situated in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, Boyle & Petyt Primary School offers local children the opportunity to learn within an intimate classroom environment. The school was looking to extend this offering to younger children in the catchment area, and commissioned us to build a new classroom using SIPs (structural insulated panels).
A Look Back at Mark Brinkley’s Blog: Are These No Heat Homes?
Back in November 2007, Mark Brinkley, the author of the Housebuilder’s Bible, visited the Harrogate Homebuilding & Renovating Show. He bumped into Andy Porter of SIPS@Clays, who told him “we are building homes with no heating systems already!” Since the UK was and still is somewhat behind many of our neighbours in the construction of passive homes, this bold statement came as a surprise.
Trevor Routledge had always dreamed of building his own house. When he was just five years old, he promised his family that he would design a bungalow for them. In March 2012, inspired by self-build programmes like Grand Designs and My Flat Pack Home, he and his wife decided to make this dream a reality and set about designing and building a house in the garden.
One of our previous projects, a dramatic cantilevering barn in Stirlingshire, has been featured in Scotland’s bestselling home magazine Homes & Interiors. The self-build property, which overhangs a cliff, is a real feat of SIPs architecture and shows just how much can be achieved if you dare to be a little different.
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Ever been interested in building your own house? Looking for ideas, inspiration and advice? The Homebuilding & Renovating Show offers all these things – and many others besides. With products from over 250 local companies, 36 specialist masterclasses and eight daily seminars, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the UK’s biggest self building show, which comes to Harrogate International Centre between Friday 7th and Sunday 9th November.
How SIPs Were Used to Achieve a Unique and Highly Complex Structure
Back in 2011, Elspeth MacNaughton was looking to refurbish and extend an old 1950s farmhouse. Little did she know at the time that her vision would soon be transformed into an architectural pièce de résistance: a modern spiral house with a central top-lit ‘courtyard’.
How We Helped Construct a Stone-Clad SIPs House in Rural Bolton
Mr. and Mrs. Booth were looking to build their own home on the site of an old farmhouse, which had been gutted by a fire in 2007. Their self-build project would involve using some of the features from the old building, incorporating innovative construction techniques to keep the build up to speed with modern living standards.
Tuesday 28 October: Tune Into More 4 to See SIPs Project in Action
Last year, Jamie Ashton of A Space Architects built his own contemporary house in Hull using SIPS. This was the second of his SIPs projects, the first being a more traditional-style build for one of his clients in Cherry Burton, near Hull.
The SIPs built Scout Hut in Ben Rhydding, near Ilkley has recently been opened.
When local developer, Alan Taylor, got consent to build a house next door to his own property in Ben Rhydding, just outside Ilkley, SIPs was the obvious way to go to give maximum space in the loft area as well as a quick, virtually airtight building.
How SIPS Were Used as Part of a Fabric First Approach to Construction
There are worse places to live than the Yorkshire Dales. Lucky Andrew and Cynthia Colley will soon be living that dream, having started work on a pair of semi-detached houses within the boundaries of the National Park itself. The couple are taking a fabric first approach to the construction of the building, and for this, they decided that SIPS (structural insulated panels) would be ideal.
Using Modern Building Techniques For Speedy Construction
One of the issues that has faced civilisation for a long time; is how to develop a building technique for homes, that is both fast and results in the building being a strong safe structure. Modern building techniques have allowed for this to become a reality. Time saving construction methods are now available to ensure that you can create a structure on a tight timescale; which will stand the test of time and hold up strongly against the elements.
Manchester SIPS House: One of our latest projects in North Manchester – a detached SIPs house for our client, Rob Barnes. Due to some large openings and a sedum roof, steel and glulam beams play a major part in the structure of this house. The SIPs element of this house was built in just 15 days by SIPS@Clays from Skipton.