Increasingly stringent Building Regulations requiring higher levels of insulation and airtightness and a demand for more environmentally friendly construction methods have resulted in an increased demand for Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). The system was first seen in the UK in the 1970s but has been used in North America and Northern Europe for almost 50 years.
Modern SIPs panels comprises 142mm or 172mm thick structural insulated panels connected with a unique jointing system for walls and roofs, and intermediate floors using metal web joists. The two outer boards are composite wood (OSB), from sustainable forest sources, with a CFC free Polyurethane foam filling. The resultant ‘sandwich’ forms a light and strong structure offering excellent structural load bearing capabilities and superior insulation.
They can achieve whole wall and roof U-values of 0.16 W/m²-K or better.
Able to be used for walls and roofs, SIPs enables the maximum amount of space to be utilised, a huge advantage when plot space is at a minimum.
SIPs are the next generation of construction. Their unparalleled energy efficiency, high build speed and low site wastage make them the obvious choice for the construction of residential, commercial and public sector projects.
SIPs leaves ample scope for individual design; the panels are pre–cut to match a project’s engineering and design specifications. Jecohomes are able to support a project from design through to manufacture.
- Achieves bye-laws compliance without the need of expensive additional insulation
- Greater energy efficiency
- Saves construction time and cost
- Off site production
- Increased air tightness
- Less on site labour
- High speed build
- Flexible design
- Low environmental impact