SIPs in Oregon: Three Climates, One Building Envelope Solution
Being in the Northwest for over 40 years, we’re very familiar with Oregon’s three different climates – the coastal zone, the Willamette valley, and the high desert found east of the Cascades – and the different construction requirements for each. And with Oregon’s more progressive, energy-efficient building requirements, we know builders and designers here are challenged with coming in on budget, on time, and within code. Unless they are using SIPs that is.
Building with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) is the easiest framing method to meet or exceed building code requirements for air infiltration, R-values, and continuous insulation, as well as the standards of high-performance energy enclosures. Proven to go up 50% faster than stick framing, the panels are manufactured under factory-controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design.
From Portland to Prineville, and Madras to Medford, you’ll find Premier SIPs easily meet and exceed the construction requirements for all of Oregon’s weather zones. If you aren’t designing or building with SIPs already, it is time to consider an upgrade.
Consistent, strong, and easy to install, Premier SIPs consist of:
- An insulating, expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam core
- Two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB), laminated to either side of the EPS
- A structural adhesive
This engineered system provides an extremely strong insulated wall panel that needs no additional frame or skeleton for support.