Save Time, Save Money: Using SIPS to Slash Building Time
The saying “time is money” has never been truer than in building construction. Building time influences a project’s labor and interest costs by thousands of dollars. So the question is, “How do you cut down on building time without compromising project quality?” One approach is hiring additional skilled workers; but, in an industry where skilled labor is among the toughest jobs to fill in the U.S, this often is not possible. Another solution is using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs).
How does it Work?
A project manager is assigned to a job and works with the builder or architect to convert floor plans to panel layouts for the building envelope. From these plans, SIPs are fabricated to include door and window openings, and pre-cut electrical chases. The SIPs are then created in a controlled indoor environment, and shipped to the job site in large sections. The pre-fabricated panels are installation-ready and help contractors construct the building envelope faster than they could using traditional framing methods (regularly 55% faster, and ready for dry-in).
SIPS are among the fastest solutions for constructing energy-efficient building envelopes. In a comparison study of SIPs and traditional stick framing for 2,500 sq. ft. single-story homes, builders saved an average of nine days per home on framing and inspection time. The reduced time for framing, electrical, and insulation labor saved $3,440 per home. By reducing the time from construction start to move-in, the builders also enjoyed lower interest costs from building loans.
SIPs are growing in popularity across the country, and it’s easy to see why. Builders are looking to pre-fabricated construction to offer shorter build times saving builders thousands of dollars. In a market where skilled labor is hard to find, save time and save money with SIPS for roofs, walls and floors of the building envelope.