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An Alternative Way to Build a Sustainable Home - SIPs

An Alternative Way to Build a Sustainable Home - SIPs

A sustainable home is designed and built to reduce the home's overall impact on the environment. These homes are typically more energy-efficient than traditional homes and can help to save money on utility bills. Sustainable homes can also be healthier for residents, as they often incorporate features that improve indoor air quality. They are highly insulated and use energy-efficient windows and doors to minimize heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. 


We are looking into many different ways to build a house today, and one possible option is SIPs. 


SIPs (structural insulated panels) are insulation system that is becoming increasingly popular in building construction. SIPs are made by sandwiching a layer of insulation between two layers of wood, and they can be used in both new construction and retrofit projects. One of the main advantages of SIPs is that they provide a continuous insulation barrier around the entire structure. This helps to reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency. In addition, SIPs homes are generally easier and faster to build than homes constructed with traditional methods. As a result, they can often save time (even money) on construction costs. If you are thinking about sustainable homes, SIPs should definitely be on your list.


What are SIPs?

SIPs stands for Structural Insulated Panels. These panels are a high-performance building process for residential and commercial structures. The wall panel has two structural facings – often oriented strand boards – with a foam core. SIPs are used to construct walls, ceilings, and floors.

But, how is this economically or environmentally sustainable? In the traditional way of building homes, contractors will use stick framing. SIPs help cut the cost of lumber and help prevent deforestation in the process! Second, these homes are well insulated so that they have less heat loss or gain throughout the life of the house. 


What's the Difference Between SIPs and Stick Framing?

In short, the answer to this question is Pre-fab: time & cost. So, using SIPs is cheaper than stick framing. But how? Well, there is no framing involved in SIPs, which means fewer materials are used. In addition, stick framing is a laborious task that costs money. Instead, contractors can go right to building the walls, floor, and ceiling — and all the other things that make your house a home. 


Please keep in mind that the price varies based on location and builder, and feel free to consult with your local builder about SIPs. 


There are significant structural benefits to building with SIPs over stick framing. SIPs are known to be more airtight. A home built with SIPs allows for better control over the indoor air quality; SIPs lack the same gaps in insulation that stick framing causes. These gaps can not only let the outdoor temperatures leak into the home but can also lead to condensation and create the potential for mold or mildew.


Prefab and Cost

Since the SIPs are manufactured in the factory, each panel is custom-made to fit your house. It is important not to change the design during the middle of the manufacturing process. We recommend obtaining and finalizing a complete set of construction blueprints first to avoid wait time and mistakes in the middle of the building process. 


The panels are manufactured in the factory, and a shipping cost is involved depending on your location. Once the design is complete, we can connect you to the Insulspan representative to provide a details quote and shipping cost. 


FRANK and SIPs - Insulspan

We're excited to announce that we've partnered with Insulspan, a nation-leading SIPs manufacturer! Our floor plans can be built using SIPs homes, and we provide additional customization. Once you obtain the design from FRANK, we can connect you to an Insulspan specialist to get quotes and pricing for your FRANK home. We create a streamlined experience for our customers as much as possible, and this is a big step in achieving that goal. This partnership will allow us to provide even more value to our customers. Thank you for your continued support!


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