SIPs are commonly used throughout Europe and North America as a construction method, even though the UK market has been slow in catching up. It has many advantages over standard masonary and timber frame construction methods - primarily to do with the factory-built components allowing for a better-performing building fabric. Please see below for some information on these key advantages as well as technical infomation on what makes up a SIP:
Speed of Construction:
Building with SIPs is a fast construction method. It is entirely possible for the SIP "shell" to be completed within 7 days.
SIPs can be fabricated to suit any design of building, allowing architects the flexibility and creative freedom to create aesthetically pleasing designs.
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 in construction compared with conventional timber frame buildings.
Excellent Sound Proofing:
SIP panels have excellent sound absorption properties with the result that the finished buildings are quieter to live in.
SIP walls can be up to 7 times stronger than conventional timber frame.
Excellent Thermal Performance:
The insulation is integral to the SIP system, and therefore does not require installing at a later date. The superior thermal performance of a SIP structure will last the life span of the building, due to the solid core of insulation throughout the structure. This means that the building is heated evenly, free from cold spots and benefits from reduced heating costs.
Extra Space In Your Home:
The strength of SIP structures allows for smaller wall widths and means that bulky roof trusses are not required. These factors can add up to 10% of extra floor space within your home.
Excellent Resale Value:
The benefits of SIP, such as low running costs and environmental sustainability, are increasingly recognised. This means that SIP houses are attractive to future buyers.