Advantages of SIP
Structurally-insulated panels, or ‘SIPs,’ are commonly used throughout Europe and North America as a construction method. The UK market has been slow to catch up, but they have many advantages over the standard masonry and timber frame construction methods. Primarily this is to do with the factory-built components allowing for a better performing building fabric.
Below is a brief summary of these key advantages, as well as technical information on what makes up a SIP.
- Speed of Construction
Building with SIPs is a fast construction method. It is entirely possible for the SIP house ‘shell’ to be completed within seven days.
- Design Flexibility
SIPs can be fabricated to suit any design of building, allowing architects the flexibility and creative freedom to create aesthetically pleasing designs.
- Environmental credentials
SIP-built houses are highly energy efficient, with the result that they are easier to heat. This means less harmful CO2 released into the atmosphere. Very little energy is used during the SIP manufacturing process, with SIPs using up to 50% less raw timber compared with conventional timber frame houses.
- Sound Proofing
SIP panels have excellent sound absorption properties with the result that the finished buildings are quieter to live in.
- Structural Strength
SIP walls can be up to seven times stronger than conventional timber frame.
- Thermal Performance
Insulation is integral to the SIP system, and therefore does not require installation at a later date. The superior thermal performance of a SIP structure will last the lifespan of the building, thanks to the solid core of insulation throughout the structure. This means that the building is heated evenly, is free from cold spots and benefits from reduced heating costs.
- Extra Floor Space
The strength of SIP structures allows for thinner walls. Bulky roof trusses are not required either. These factors can add up to 10% of extra floor space in your home.
- Resale Value
The benefits of SIP, such as low running costs and environmental sustainability, are increasingly well recognised. This means that SIP houses will remain attractive to future buyers.