WHAT ARE SIPS? HOW DO THEY HELP?

Structurally Insulated Panels, or SIP's, are built out of two wood panels (OSB or plywood) with a core foam insulation in the middle. SIP's is an energy efficient building package option that are designed to save money on energy bills by combining building science with high performance products to create a home that is environmentally friendly as well as comfortable. These insulated panels reduce air movement, drafts, noise, as well as dust and allergens from penetrating. A SIP home can be constructed faster and with less labor because the insulation, framing and sheathing are combined into one panel.

When it comes to design, all you need to do is share your idea of a dream home with NRG Homes. High ceilings, lofts, large doors and window openings are all possible with SIP's. SIP panels are manufactured at a factory in Iowa, and shipped to us in a complete building package to be constructed on your lot. There is a lot of options when it comes to SIP packages as well. They can be manufactured in different R-value performance variations and are unique to each home design. This gives the homeowner complete freedom in designing their new home. You can also build your home in a mixture of SIP and stick frame. For example, you can build the exterior with SIP's and the interior walls as stick frame.

The average savings for a new home built with SIP's is anywhere from $600-$1,500 annually. Depending on the home design, SIP's cost can run about the same as a traditionally built stick frame home to an average of about 5% more. Overall, the cost to upgrade to SIP's will recoup itself quickly in the energy savings monthly.

Here is a list of all the advantages of using SIP's:

  • 15x more air tight than stick frame homes

  • Up to 50% more energy efficient 

  • High density continuous insulation

  • Shorter building cycle

  • Thickness of foam can be increased for greater R-Value

  • Local product

  • Can be built up to 24 feet high

  • Feel immediate difference in temperature and comfort

  • High thermal resistance

  • Minimal air infiltration

  • Reduced construction waste

  • Airtight building

  • Insect resistant

  • Noise control

  • Filters contaminants and allergens

  • Reduces the possibility of mold growth due to the controlled ventilation and air is being dehumidified

  • Strong structure that has incredible strength and resistant to impact

  • Wiring chases built in at 16" and 42" off panel floor every 4 feet