Take a look at this real-live video footage taken on January 11, in Raleigh, NC…when severe thunderstorms hit the area and the extreme wind brought this condo building down to the ground.



SIP Illustration

SIP Illustration

As  you see in this video, stick framing is incredibly vulnerable until the sheathing is properly nailed off.  A stick framed wall has no resistance to shear until the sheathing is nailed, making it vulnerable to collapse from wind or seismic loads.  When structural insulated panels (SIPS) are used as the framing method you have the full sheer strength available immediately as soon as the SIP is installed and nailed to the sill plate, top plate and adjacent panels.  Risk less when you build with SIPS.

SIPS are a structural composite…three components working together to provide performance under pressure.  This composite assembly yields stiffness, strength, and predictable responses.  These three components provide a ‘sandwich’, which is stronger than the individual components.

SIPS provide excellent resistance to axial, flexural and lateral forces that all buildings are subject to.  This means that SIPS have the ability to support axial loads in wall applications, provide excellent resistance to lateral loads caused by earthquakes or high winds, and ensure that the roof can support the loading it is subjected to.

Strength in building materials and systems is judged by the materials’ ability to withstand the forces of nature.  Data to determine strength properties is gathered by destructive testing, and specific tests are utilized to evaluate a SIPS’ performance in high winds, earthquakes and snow loading conditions.  The testing that Premier’s panels have been subjected to are some of the most extensive in the industry.  Premier SIPS are exceptionally strong in racking and diaphragm shear capacities, which are the primary structural properties that engineers are conceded with when designing for seismic and hurricane events.
DIY's Deconstruction, All About Framing

DIY’s Deconstruction, All About Framing

DIY network’s Deconstruction show featured Premier SIPS to display just how durable and strong they are.  See min 10:47 of the video where they discuss and test SIPS for storm prone areas and hurricane force winds:

Other Benefits of SIPS

SIPS can be used in walls, ceilings, floors and roofs.  SIPS provide a high R-value with the benefits of a high strength-to-weight ration among many other benefits such as:

Energy Efficiency and Comfort:

  • The energy-efficiency gained from a SIP system can help your building stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter without using excessive amounts of natural gas, fuel or electricity.
  • Premier SIPS have R-values that range from R-15 to R-45 depending on the thickness of the insulating core.  SIP structure typically exceed local energy code requirements.
  • Premier SIP systems can help building and home owners pursue green building ratings, certifications, tax credits, and energy-efficient mortgages.
Retail SIPS Project

Retail SIPS Project

Improved Indoor Air Quality:

  • Due to the tightness in construction of SIP systems and the lack of thermal bridging, as is common in traditional stick framing, a SIP building has less air leakage, and is less drafty leading to improved occupant comfort.

Ease of Construction:

  • Once the floor slab or foundation is completed, SIP systems can ‘dry-in’ a building within days.  SIPS arrive on site with wiring chases pre-installed from the factory.

Environmental Performance:

  • Premier SIP systems produce less waste than traditional stick framed building envelopes due to the factory precision of the panel production….up to 60% less waste to send to the landfills.
  • See more in the Life Cycle Benefits of SIPS and the Premier Advantage

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