What are structural insulated panels?
SIPS are structural insulated panels used to construct buildings. Although they have been used since the 1950s in the USA, Canada and Japan the technology has only recently begun to be utilised in the British building industry. Higher insulation standards and the importance of sustainable building materials has made people in Britain look to SIPS as a material which most meets the needs of the building industry in the 21st century. SIPS technology has been constantly improving over the years and has now been adapted for the British market.
SIPS panels are used in walls and roofs for residential and light commercial buildings. The panels are made by auto-hesively bonding a core of rigid foam plastic insulation between two structural skins of oriented strand board (OSB).
SIPS are environmentally friendly and ecologically sound. They are the innovative building construction method of the 21st century allowing the rapid deployment of buildings for domestic and commercial use.
They are manufactured under factory-controlled conditions and can be custom designed for each home. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective. Building with SIPS will save you time, money and dramatically reduce labour costs.
Their design capabilities, exceptional strength and energy saving insulation make SIPS a 21st century building material for high performance buildings. It is a building system which is very strong, predictable, energy efficient, and cost effective. Typically a construction which uses SIPS is up to seven times stronger than a traditional timber framed house