BuildGreen SIPs is committed to Structural Insulated Panels becoming the predominant building technology. We believe that by manufacturing locally, an economically viable and structurally superior product, alongside world class customer service and expertise, that we will achieve that goal.
BuildGreen SIPs will help you build a better structure, faster. BGS will assist buyers and builders, to construct a cleaner, greener, stronger and more energy efficient home, development or commercial structure, not a more expensive one!
Structural Insulated Panels: (SIPs) have been used in construction since 1955 and have been in the Residential Building Code since 2009.
Sips Are Easily Assembled
SIPs Are Structural. They function as walls, roofs and can be used as flooring. They replace insulation. The expandable polystyrene (EPS) has a volume of 1 pound per cubic foot and an R-Value of approximately R-4 per inch. To construct a SIP home takes less labor, less materials and creates less waste. A SIP panel combines at least 5 building components, thus reducing the margin of error. This provides the builder the capability to construct a quality, green home, faster and more cost effectively and ultimately more sustainable.
SIPs Speed Construction Time
Q: As a builder facing escalating costs for worker’s compensation and insurance premiums, I’m looking for ways to reduce construction time and control my labor costs, without compromising the quality I provide for my clients. How can building with SIPs help me control costs and improve my financial performance?
A: Building with SIPs speeds up the construction time dramatically, saving labor costs, field errors, reducing loan cost, overhead, pilferage, and waste disposal costs. This provides the builder the opportunity to build more projects in a year, resulting in greater profits for your company. Since SIPs are extremely energy efficient, you will also pay less for the heating and air conditioning systems. Other savings will result from fewer callbacks, less finishing and trim cost because walls are consistently straight and flat.
SIPs Are Environmentally Friendly
Q: My clients want an environmentally sound, “green” building. What are the green attributes of SIP construction?
A: In addition to the lower energy use of SIP buildings resulting in fewer carbon emissions, SIPs are made with environmentally safe materials including oriented strand board (OSB), foam insulation and sealants. OSB skins are made using smaller, faster growing tree species such as aspen and southern yellow pine, a renewable resource. The foam core insulation has extremely low vapor permeability, and no physical degradation over time. The SIP system is 15 times more airtight than typical wood-frame construction resulting in much less energy loss. That puts SIP construction on better terms with the environment throughout its total life cycle, making it a key component of sustainable building practices and qualifying SIPs for green building programs. Other environmental benefits include, greatly reduced job site waste.
SIPs Reduce Energy Consumption
Q: My client is very concerned about energy costs. How can building with SIPs ensure low monthly energy bills?
A: Buildings in developed countries are responsible for 40-50 % of all delivered energy and the majority of energy use (50% on average) is heating energy. The SIP building system reduces energy consumption by 50 %. On-going research and comparison at Oak Ridge National Laboratory shows that, in terms of real performance, SIPs outperform wood-frame construction in –whole wall R-Value. Continuous research show that: SIP buildings can achieve energy efficiency improvements in the 70 % range when combined with other energy efficient systems such as energy-efficient hot water heaters and well-designed HVAC systems.
SlPs superior thermal performance significantly limits air infiltration, reducing heating and cooling system costs while increasing comfort. An added benefit is much lower energy bills for your clients.
SIPs Are Strong and Durable
Q: How strong are SIPs?
A: SIP buildings are engineered to meet or exceed building code requirements in all areas of the country and are recommended in areas susceptible to tornados, hurricanes and seismic activity. A structural insulated panel is similar to a steel I-beam. The skins are adhesively bonded to a solid foam core over the entire panel surface. The skins act like the flanges of an l-beam, and the rigid core provides the web of the I-beam configuration. This composite assembly results in increased stiffness, shear strength, and predictable performance. During site assembly, the panel edges are fastened to OSB, lumber, further strengthening the overall structure. Not only do test results show panels are stronger than wood framed construction, but performance during natural disasters has proven it time and again. Because of the inherent air tightness of the SIP building system, and proper joint sealing, moisture is prevented from entering the building envelope and long-term durability is ensured.
SIPs And Temperature Control
Q: Temperature control is a key consideration for residential and commercial buildings. How can building with SIPs help?
A: The superior climate control inherent with SIPs construction is a result of high thermal performance and low air infiltration. The heat/recovery ventilation system enables- precise control of the air that enters your building and is vented. SIP structures are cleaner, less allergenic and mold proof. SIP construction requires smaller, more efficient HVAC systems that save on initial cost. Your customers will appreciate reduced heating and cooling costs while enjoying a quiet, clean, draft-free environment, and you.
Committed to the Future of Sustainable Building
17 Eastmount Drive
Slingerlands, NY 12159
Camille Gibeau, President 518-207-5602
Richard Stone, Director of Operations 518-727-4772