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Structural Insulated Panels or SIPs Gain Popularity in Home Building Industry

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) have been around for more than 50 years, but despite their many benefits, they have had minimal traction in the building industry for decades. As interest in green building and energy efficiency have increased SIPs have gained popularity as a viable alternative to stick-built framing.

Consolidating framing, insulation, and sheathing into one installation step - SIPs are primarily constructed with two outer skins of OSB laminated to an insulating foam core of either expanded polystyrene or polyisocyanurate. Studies have shown that SIPs provide a more energy-efficient and airtight structure than stick framing because they create a wall with continuous R-value, and wall studs create a thermal break, counteracting the effects of batt and even foam insulation. SIPs are typically 40 to 60 percent more energy efficient than stick construction. In addition, tested structural strength, efficient use of natural resources, warranties, and reduced cost of labor add to their appeal.

The panels are factory-built, some supplied as blanks with no cut-outs, others with window and door openings designed into the panel and with electrical chases routed, reducing waste on the jobsite. Avalon Building Systems offer ready-to-assemble systems that require no on-site cutting.  We service MA, ME, CT, RI, NY, VT, NH areas.

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