Technology Insight – SIP Discussion
One thing we want to accomplish at Blue Brick Construction is to provide insight into our thought process and the implementation of technology and design knowledge. A particular aspect we want to address is hybrid construction. We have become quite fond of utilizing Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs). They offer a great deal in making a home tighter in comparison to typical stick framing. By tighter, we refer to the lack of air gaps in the exterior “skin” of the home. Traditionally, insulation is placed in between the studs. The air gaps remaining allow for the transfer of temperature from the inside to out and vice-a-versa. With SIPs, the air gaps are completely replaced with foam board. Next time you hold a cup of hot coffee, imagine that the foam that separates your hand from the scalding beverage on the other side was 8 inches thick and sandwiched between plywood… you now have a SIP panel. Aside from tightening your home’s envelope, they offer more than just insulation. Progress appears much quicker. Factory built panels arrive to the site and are craned into place same day. The walls themselves also lack the bends and bows that are inherent to stick built envelopes.