Written by: Premier Building Systems, Technical Staff
Gypsy’s have been known to use crystal balls and tarot cards to predict the future. Okay but what does that have to do with SIPs? Well, I am willing to go out on a limb and predict that SIPs are the future and the future may be closer than we realize, but I will get to that in a minute.
As a trained engineer I don’t have any background in the use of crystal balls or tarot cards, but I was taught that in order to have effective design solutions to the problems I would encounter in my career, I would have to study the situation and conditions requiring problem solving. Once due consideration was given to the situation at hand, only then would a solution present itself.
My mentor in the first engineering firm I worked in taught me that good solutions could come from anyone’s ideas, not just an engineer. He also taught me that a good design solution was one that accomplished what we were trying to do and could be built cost effectively by the contractor. Too many “good ideas” are only good on paper. They have no practical way of being built. That does not do anyone any good.
Fast forward to today. If we consider energy codes today and all the various requirements (IECC, HERS, LEED … ect.) that owners, designers, builders and contractors must conform to when constructing a building, it is safe to say that we have an opportunity for creative problem solving. There is a myriad of materials and systems that go into a building and labor shortage to install them. How do designers and contractors determine which materials to use to achieve an energy efficient design?
Our process has been to keep adding bandages to the current construction method to meet these ever stricter energy codes. Building owners, designers, and builders are constantly asking how they can simplify the current process of build a stick framed wall, insulate the cavities, sheath the exterior, apply continuous insulation to the exterior of the system and then air seal all the gaps and cracks to achieve an acceptable air change rate. There has got to be a simpler way. There is. SIPs.
As an engineer who has designed with SIPs, as a contractor who has built with SIPs and as an engineer working for a SIP manufacturer who helps designers and builders, I can say from my own personal experience that SIPs are the answer. SIPs are an insulated, air sealed, structural shell of the structure all in one process.
The material has been around since the ’30’s, but it has not been until recently that SIPs started to make sense to main stream designers and builders. The confluence of the energy codes, lack of adequate labor supply and our concern for the future are demanding new materials and systems to address these concerns. SIPs can do this for you. They are the future and the future is here and now.
Maybe it’s time you consider SIPs for your project?
Since the 1980’s Premier SIPs have been manufactured by Premier Building Systems. The most awarded SIPs Brand in the industry, Premier’s incredible framing systems create turn key high performance building envelopes. Builders are saving construction time and money. Architects are gaining design flexibility and environmental product benefits. Building Owners benefit from healthier, comfortable structures with reduced utility costs. As a leader in the SIPs industry, Premier SIPs are proud to be at the forefront of residential, commercial & industrial high performance building envelope systems.