30 March 2019: Earlier this week I talked to a young pastor about a building project he has in mind. His church is planning to put up a new multi-purpose building, and their architect recommended structural insulated panels (SIPs) for the walls. I can’t count how many people ask me about these, so I thought you might find the topic interesting.
SIPs are factor-made sandwiches of foam and wood sheet materials and they take the place of wall studs and insulation. I’ve built three structures with SIPs panels so far over the years, and I really like them. Projects built with SIPs use roughly half the energy of similar, code-built stick-frame buildings insulated to the same level, so there’s good reason to use them. SIPs buildings also go up faster too, and they’re roughly three times stronger than stud frame structures.
Click below to watch a video tutorial on how SIPs work. I’ve explained this stuff to dozens of people over the years who ask me about SIPs, so I made a video about it a while back.