SIPs, or Structural Insulated Panels, are a newer, more innovative method of construction, for superior, high-performance builds. Using SIPs panels, a typical house can be erected in just 5 – 7 days.
Providing many other benefits over traditional build methods, the very nature of SIPs building panels means they’re exceptionally strong, whilst also being very lightweight – mainly comprising of insulation.
SIP panels are prefabricated off site, and consist of an insulating expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam core sandwiched between two structural facings – typically structural grade OSB.
The OSB3 panel has a cover width of 1200mm with standard lengths of 2400, 2700, and 5100mm.
EPS insulation does not deteriorate over time, which may be the case with other forms of insulation. EPS is 100% recyclable and has zero ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) and GWP (Global Warming potential).
Here we’ve listed some of the main advantages when using our high-performance SIPs polystyrene panels for your project:
3D view of a Sips house and its components
Building with SIPs is fast
This is how SIPs are joined to avoid Cold Bridging
A side on view of a model SIPs build
SIPs lodges under construction on a tricky clifftop site
Side view of the OSB and EPS SIP Panel
SIPs frame being constructed on the site
EPS insulation is used in the Sips Panels
SIPs panels in the factory
Lifting the Sip roof into place for final fitting
Great view from where these Sips lodges are being built
On the building site at this Sips build
Crane delivering the Sip panels at the site
Because they’re very versatile, SIPs building panels can be used with an external cladding, be it brick, render, weatherboarding, metal, traditional brick course or any outer skin. They work equally well when roofed with slates, tiles, metallic or living green roof system.
Internally, SIPs panels can be finished with plasterboard and a skim coating (with service cavities where needed) meaning the wet trades are kept to a minimum, and speeding up build times even faster.
"All of our designs are bespoke and we try to select the best suited construction and materials for each individual project. Working with Sips Eco Panels design department we are able to optimise the designs to use the materials to their greatest advantage. A building appears out of the ground in an incredibly short space of time.
Optimising construction is very important when considering budgets and the structurally insulated panel goes a long way towards this."
Day Partnership, Architects, Bristol