Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) in Alaska

Keep Warm While Saving Energy: Building With SIPs In Alaska

In an area where heating costs are expensive and temperatures can drop to dangerously below freezing, the effectiveness of homes and commercial application’s building envelope is critical. From insulation to air circulation, occupants know when they are in a comfortable space. And when the heating oil bill arrives, how that building is performing is revealed. Occupants might not realize they are in a SIPs building, but they can tell the difference in comfort.

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) – expanded polystyrene (EPS) rigid foam insulation sandwiched between two oriented strand boards (OSB), and laminated using a structural adhesive – provide a virtually airtight envelope, insulating buildings from the harsh Alaska weather. EPS is made up of 98% air, which contributes to long-term, stable R-values, helping keep people consistently comfortable (at least indoors), and heating oil expenses down, for many years.

Thanks to this ultra-tight construction solution, a growing number of architects and builders are looking to SIP panels to meet increasing energy efficient requirements. With a foundation consisting of Premier SIPs, targeted performance measures are immediately realized, saving homeowners and business owners up to 60% in heating and cooling costs.

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In this case study, see how a senior structural engineer of USKH Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska, used Premier SIPs to provide a solution to a rather unique situation.