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Sustainability

SIPs Save Energy & Natural Resources - Sustainable Building With SIPs

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are a sustainable solution for builders, saving energy and material resources and..

Design Professionals

Design & Build With SIPs: Here is Your Sign!

Looking for a sign to work with Premier SIPS? Well, here it is! Read our blog to learn why choosing to work with Premier..

Sustainability

The Green Addendum: Make Certain Your Appraisal Values High-Performing Features

The Residential Green and Energy-Efficient Addendum helps your appraiser more accurately value your property. Learn why and..

Design Professionals

Tech Talk: Why True High Performance Buildings Incorporate Durability & Resiliency

Premier SIPs make durable, reliable materials so you don't have to worry about your home falling apart in a storm. Keep..

Projects

The Only Track-Side Car Storage in the U.S., Arizona Club Chooses Premier SIPS for Luxury Track Side Garages

Are you an Apex Motor Club fan? Ever wonder where they store their cars? Keep reading to learn about how Premier SIPS built..

Company News

Premier SIPS Projects Take Top Honors: 2022 National Building Excellence Award Winners

Premier SIPs took home quite a few awards at the 2022 National Building Excellence Award Event. Keep reading to see our..

Sustainability

Arizona’s Casa Monterosa chooses sustainable materials and wins national award

Arizona's Case Monterosa chose Premier SIPs and won a national award! Read more to learn about their choice and how they..

Sustainability

HERS Rating & Premier SIPs

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency. Get to know..

Sustainability

Life Cycle Analyses of SIPs

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are the more environmentally friendly option. Check out these independent studies..

Design Professionals

Good – Better – Best. Explore options for superior roof & wall SIPs assemblies

It's important to know the best materials when it comes to building your roof and walls. That's why Premier SIPS has you..

Design Professionals

Tech Talk: The Power of Evaluation and Listing Reports

Reports and evaluations can be important when figuring out if your products follow the model building codes. Keep reading..

Design Professionals

Tech Talk: Balance Costs by Prioritizing Function and Affordability of High Performance Building Envelopes (HPBE)

How do code approved building envelope assemblies, like SIPS, enable contractors and designers to best balance costs &..

Sustainability

Spotlight on Thermal Bridging and the IECC Code

Thermal bridging is a key component of energy loss. The best way to combat this is with continuous insulation framing..

Sustainability

No. Cal. Youth Treatment Center “Sacred Oak” Pairs SIPs & Solar For Net-Positive Energy Award Winning Facility!

The SIPs & Solar building envelope design enabled Sacred Oaks Regional Youth Treatment Center to achieve Net-Zero Energy,..

Sustainability

Premier SIPS Create Healthy “Certified Clean Air” Indoor Environments

Energy efficient & healthy indoor air are just a few of the reasons why Premier SIPS create the ultimate envelope for..

Sustainability

Tech Talk: Comfort, Health & Energy Conservation Converge In True High Performing SIPs Buildings

The performance of High Performing Premier SIPs can be viewed specifically in three areas of product features and customer..

Sustainability

Award Winning Coopers Hawk MultiFamily Project Chooses SIPs & Solar For Optimal Net-Zero Energy Performance

The SIPs & Solar design enabled the 18 multifamily units to generate energy to power themselves, two cars per unit, an..

Sustainability

Tech Talk: Comparing High Performance Building Envelope (HPBE) Assemblies & Systems

Compare High Performance Building Envelope component assemblies and systems available for energy efficient design and..

Contractors

Tech Talk: SIPs Save Time & Offer Ease of Construction

Choosing to work with Premier SIPs can save you time and offer some ease with the construction process. How? Keep reading to..

Sustainability

Tech Talk: High Performance Envelope: The Core of Construction

Every structure needs to be built with a High Performance Building Envelope (HPBE). Here are the top attributes every HPBE..

SIPS Basics

Rising Lumber Costs & Superior SIPs Framing Systems

With rising lumber costs builders & designers are exploring superior advanced framing systems like SIPs. Structural..

Sustainability

How Do you Get a Low HERS Score?

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency. It is also the..

Design Professionals

SIP Shear Walls: Exceptional Performance in High-Seismic Regions

Are Structural Insulated Panels a good choice buildings in crucial seismic zones?

SIPS Basics

What is the cost comparison between SIPs and sticks?

I get this question a great deal; “What is the cost comparison between SIPs and sticks?” I will explain the difference in..

Sustainability

SIPs Deliver High Energy Savings and Fast Installation

Building owners are looking to cut their energy consumption—This starts with the envelope. An air tight envelope allows new..

SIPS Basics

SIPS Provide Dual Sound and Fire Performance

Find out how Structural Insulated Panels provide protection from fire and sound.

Contractors

How Easy is it to Install Structural Insulated Panels?

How easy is it to build a panel house? So simple you can build one with your family. The family that builds a sip house..

Contractors

Build Using Advanced Framing Techniques with Premier’s Structural Insulated Panels

When a framer wants to build using advanced framing techniques, they use Premier’s Structural Insulated Panels Here are just..

Sustainability

The Environmental Benefits and Cost Savings of Building and Living in a SIPs House

With a SIPs home, you'll be ensured that it can perform at high-levels of structural soundness while also providing benefits..

Sustainability

Feature Project: Carter Residence

SIPs are not  only energy efficient, easy to assemble, and strong but also produce stylish architecture like this elegant..

Sustainability

The Net Zero Building 12-Step Program

Net Zero means a building that only uses as much energy as it can produce on an annual basis. Structural Insulated Panels..

Commercial

A New Kind of Multi-Family Housing Emerges

Have you ever heard the term, GrandFamily? It’s the term we use in the United States that refers to a family where..

Design Professionals

Seal it Tight and Ventilate it Right

Seal it Tight and Ventilate it Right Understanding air sealing and ventilation requirements in SIP structures Structural..

Sustainability

Project Feature: Dalgliesh Residence

“This was a very difficult site, with very little room to store materials on-site. The use of SIPS allowed us to bring in a..

Sustainability

What We Build: The Impacts (and Facts) On Where We Live, Work & Play

Written by: Premier SIPS The built environment includes all of the physical structures engineered and built by people–the..

Residential

Premier SIPs Home Owner Testimonial

“We highly recommend Premier SIPS” We love hearing from happy customers. Check out this testimonial from a satisfied home..

Design Professionals

From Arizona to Alaska: SIPs Stand Up to Extreme Heat and Cold

From Arizona to Alaska: SIPs Stand Up to Extreme Heat and Cold Structural insulated panels, or SIPs, have become the..

Sustainability

SIPs — Engineered to Maintain a Healthy Home

SIPs — Engineered to Maintain a Healthy Home During this difficult period of time, the majority of Americans are clocking..

Residential

Why Use SIPs Instead of Sticks in Homes

We understand home builders are all trying to differentiate themselves in a competitive market, where only 10% of home sales..

Sustainability

Using SIPs to Build High-Performance Homes: Lower ACH and HERS for Maximum Efficiency

Using SIPs to Build High-Performance Homes: Lower ACH and HERS for Maximum Efficiency Hot off the press, Green Builder..

Sustainability

Structural Insulated Panels = Improved Indoor Air Quality = Healthier Buildings

SIPs = Improved Indoor Air Quality = Healthier Buildings On average, Americans spend nearly 90 percent of their time..

Design Professionals

What are SIPs? The Basics of Structural Insulated Panels

With origins dating back to the early 1930s, Structural Insulated Panels, or SIPs, have long stood the test of time. While..

Company News

Premier Wins Best Overall Building Excellence Award!

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Sustainability

Net Zero Community Center Sports Enormous West Coast Solar System

When it came time to design and build a new community center, The Skokomish Tribe new that energy efficiency was critical...

Contractors

Cut to the Chase: Electrical Chases in SIPs Simplify Electrical Work

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Sustainability

Reduce and Recycle Jobsite Waste with SIPs

Reduce and Recycle Jobsite Waste with SIPs Environmental responsibility and sustainability are hot buzzwords in the building..

Sustainability

Top 10 New Home Features (Energy Efficiency is Key!)

When 13,000 homeowners responded with their top new construction features, we were thrilled that Energy Efficiency is in..

Contractors

Save Time, Save Money: Using SIPS to Slash Building Time

Save Time, Save Money: Using SIPS to Slash Building Time   The saying “time is money” has never been truer than in building..

Sustainability

Building Green: Solutions for Sustainable Structures

Building Green: Solutions for Sustainable Structures In the last few decades, the shift of the public’s focus to..

Design Professionals

Another Example Where SIPs Saved Homeowner Money

Another Example Where SIPs Saved Homeowner Money RJT Development witnessed cost savings with Structural Insulated Panel..

Contractors

Simple Steps To Get Started with SIPS

Ready to investigate other framing methods? If you’ve been considering this, framing labor shortages may be the trigger you..

Design Professionals

Can SIPs Be Used in Fire-Rated Assemblies?

Can SIPs be used in fire-rated assemblies? Yes!   Although SIPs are made of combustible materials – oriented strand board..

Sustainability

Minnesota SIP-Built Home: Energy-Efficient Wall System Choice

Minnesota SIP-Built Home: Energy-Efficient Wall System Choice When building product experts contract to build their own..

Design Professionals

Unique Applications Built of Structural Insulated Panels

As SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) have become the go to framing solution in energy conscious states (like Washington,..

Sustainability

Why suffer the pain of high heating & cooling bills?

There are many paths to energy efficiency. Some are easier than others. Especially when it comes to choosing the framing for..

Sustainability

Turn-Key High Performance Building Envelopes

Thanks to Facility Manager Magazine for outlining the benefits of a high performance building envelope. For facilities..

Design Professionals

Engineered Wood Structures: A Fast Growing Solution for Mid-Rise & Multifamily

Engineered wood structures (including SIPS) are one of the fastest growing structural solutions for mid-rise multifamily..

Design Professionals

Design Versatility

Design versatility. Beautiful complex project with outside the box creativity. 2,300 sq ft of 12” roof panels. The SIP..

Sustainability

High-Performance Buildings

Originally posted on Building Enclosure online A Simpler Envelope System for Meeting Stringent Energy Codes It’s no secret..

Design Professionals

Simplifying STC with SIPS

Because of their high energy efficiency, structural insulated panels (SIPs) are commonly used for exterior walls and roofs,..

Residential

Project Feature: Custom Montana Residence

“The use of Premier Panels is an easy way to have unlimited expression of creativity through out the design process. Our..

Company News

Green Builder Magazine’s 2016 Homeowner Handbook feature SIPs

Originally published in Green Builder Magazine, The Homeowner’s Handbook (Digital Edition) Think in term of systems, not..

Sustainability

Higher Warranted R-Values, Higher Performing Envelopes

Graphite SIPS are truly the epitome of high performance framing.  Made with GPS (graphite polystyrene) insulation cores,..

Commercial

High-Performing Building Envelopes in Facility Management

Originally published on Facilitymanagement.com It’s no secret that school and hospital buildings use enormous amounts of..

Residential

PROECT FEATURE: Lightweight SIPS Saves Floating Home Building Costs

Lightweight, strong, easy to use, environmentally friendly, super insulating… there are so many benefits to using structural..

Design Professionals

How SIPS simplify STC – via The Construction Specifier

Originally published online at The Construction Specifier Using structural insulated panel assemblies to keep the pease in..

Design Professionals

Better Design for Rural Disasters

Just over a year ago Lake Chelan Building Supply in Washington State burned down in the 2015 devastating forest fires. They..

Contractors

SIPS: Efficient Building Practice to Combat Labor Shortage Challenges

Even though the construction industry continues to grow, builders across the country continue to have challenges filling job..

Design Professionals

SIPs “Go Gray”: Graphite Polystyrene Insulating Cores in Walls & Ceilings Magazine

Originally posted in Walls & Ceilings Magazine  Usually when someone says they’re “going gray,” it’s a gentle way to..

Sustainability

Project Feature: Net-Zero Energy Cabin using new Platinum SIPS

Project photos & details provided by ArtemisiaCabin.com “One of the reasons we chose to build with SIPs (structural..

Commercial

SIPS: Less Waste, Labor & Time

LESS WASTE, LABOR & TIME. Because SIPS are fabricated specifically for the job in the manufacturing facility and due to the..

Company News

Premier SIPs to Create “Super Plant” to Manufacture Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

Production space for making energy-efficient panels to expand within company’s flagship facility in Puyallup, Washington. To..

Residential

Project Feature: Model Tiny Home for Sale

METRO Tiny House on Wheels by Artisan Tiny Houses FOR SALE $39,900.00 Available for sale to someone locally:  Washington,..

Commercial

ZGF Architects named ARCHITECT Magazine’s #1 Firm

Full 2016 Architect 50 Rankings originally listed on ArchDaily Architect Magazine announced the latest edition of the..

Company News

Premier SIPs Now Offers Structural Insulated Panels with 20% Higher R-Values

PREMIER GPS SIPs is the next generation of SIPs with graphite polystyrene (GPS) insulated cores which create an even more..

Sustainability

PROJECT FEATURE: New Platinum Powered SIPS in Action

Content and photos provided by WEST-ECO Panels Passive Design is becoming more popular now than ever before in North..

Residential

Prefab Housing Isn’t A Subculture Anymore, It’s A Necessity via FastCoDesign.com

Blog repost from FastCoDesign Housing trends come and go, but Prefabulous Small Houses, the latest book from prefab..

Company News

Award-Winning Buildings Constructed With Premier SIPS

Originally posted by Premier SIPS Editor’s Desk Top projects in the 2016 SIPA Building Excellence Awards feature company’s..

Design Professionals

A Fresh Look at SIPs

Originally posted online at LBM Journal Facing a shortage of skilled labor with no end in sight, and increasingly stringent..

Sustainability

The Energy Impact of Your Envelope

Originally posted on Buildings.com, by Janelle Penny Is your building still using more energy than it should be? A hidden..

Sustainability

PROJECT FEATURE: SIPs in Canada

The collaboration of ICFs and SIPs was able to get a 1.5 ACH50 on this home’s blower door test and an Energize Rating of 87..

Commercial

Commercial SIP Installation in L.A. County | VIDEO

 7 guys + machine = SIP installation in 13 days 7,000 sq. ft. restaurant in L.A. county (town of Downey, CA). 7 guys+machine..

Company News

Quality & performance continue to be important in brand loyalty

Green Builder Media’s 2016 Readers’ Choice results show quality and performance continue to be important in brand loyalty...

Sustainability

16 Year Old SIP Built Home Gets Blower Door Test

  This 16 year old Premier SIP built home went into foreclosure.  The new owner wanted to see how the house performed..

Company News

Premier SIPs Wins a Greenest Structural Product Award

Originally published as a News Release by Insulfoam Editor’s Desk, Brandner Communications  Readers of Green Builder..

Design Professionals

The Advantages of High-Performance Building Envelopes

Originally posted on Green Lodging News As energy costs continue to rise and building codes become more rigorous, lodging..

Sustainability

Faster, More Energy-Efficient Building Envelopes

Originally posted in Green Home Builder Magazine Ever since stick framing was developed decades ago, most homes in the U.S...

Company News

TC Legend Homes Wins Home of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

Originally published by TC Legend Homes Green Builder Media recently announced the winners of its 8th Annual Green Home of..

Residential

Timber Frame Cabin in the Mountains

We love to see our friends and clients tell their own SIPS stories. This project in Colorado, included our Structural..

Design Professionals

PROJECT PROFILE: Affordable Senior Housing in Arizona

Given multiple development issues including clearing asbestos from the building on site to zoning and design changes, time..

Design Professionals

Quiet Multi-Family Spaces

Premier SIPs Pass Testing Requirements for Sound Transmission and Fire Resistance It’s a challenge to get a stick-framed..

Sustainability

Don’t pay to heat and cool the outdoors

Typical homes have so many leaks in places homeowners would never imagine.  Air escapes through gaps all over the building..

Sustainability

Structural insulated panels help builders meet tough energy codes

Originally published in the Industry Trends section of Buildings Products Digest The vast majority of builders in the U.S...

Company News

Premier SIPs Pass Testing Requirements for Sound Transmission and Fire Resistance

Company’s Structural Insulated Panels help provide an energy-efficient, comfortable and safe indoor environment in town..

Residential

4 Person Crew Installed 2,200 Sq. Ft of SIP Roof Panels

No need for a skilled team of framers to install this structural insulated panel roof in Washington State…   With so many..

Residential

SIPS Provide Fast Construction During Hot Phoenix Summer

Project content & photos provided by Eric L Meyerowitz Architect Visit Eric L Meyerowitz Architect for more:  Model photos,..

Commercial

Project Profile: Affordable Multi-Family Housing for Non-Traditional Families

Grandfamilies Place of Phoenix received the ‘Exemplary Urban Multifamily Project’ award from the Arizona Department of..

Sustainability

Project Feature: A Home that Also Provides Enough Surplus Energy to Power a Car for About 10,000 Miles Per Year

A net-zero-energy 3-bedroom home that provides enough energy to not only power the house for 100% of its annual energy..

Company News

SIPS Tiny House Partner to be Featured on Tiny House Hunting TV Show, June 15th

The Tiny House Hunting episode featuring our partner GreenPod Intelligent Environments will air Monday, June 15th. Each..

Design Professionals

A Building Envelope Solution for Meeting Stringent Energy Codes

Originally published on Buildings.com, Buildings Buzz Building professionals throughout the U.S. are faced with meeting..

Sustainability

Energy Efficient SIPs Projects Recognized by Industry Association

Premier SIPs was recognized during the Structural Insulated Panel Association’s (SIPA) 13th Annual 2015 Building Excellence..

Residential

The Year of the Tiny House

Artisan Tiny House Newsletter, April Update After spending over thirty years trying to get folks to build smaller, more..

Contractors

Addressing Skilled Labor Shortages with SIPs

Originally posted in Construction Specifier Magazine, December 2014 Specification approaches for structural systems The good..

Residential

Modular Marvels

Originally published in GreenBuilder Magazine, pg 34 INSPIRED BY THE NOTION OF STREAMLINING SUSTAINABLE BUILDING,..

Contractors

Cutting Through Scheduling Hassles

Originally published in Modern Contractor Solutions “Boss, the framing sub just called and he can’t field a crew for another..

Commercial

PROJECT PROFILE: Arizona Retirement Community

PROJECT PROFILE:  La Posada Retirement Community  |  Tucson, AZ  |  View Project Profile (pdf) “A 50 percent savings for the..

Company News

U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award Recognizes Industry Leaders

Premier SIPs provides a highly insulated building envelope for this DOE Housing Innovation Award Winning project by TC..

Sustainability

New Bellingham “Power House” Solar Co-Housing Project Powers Itself & Two Electric Cars

Originally written by Eric Thomas, TC Legend Homes Construction began this month on a new kind of home that will generate..

Sustainability

All Together Now: SIPs Offer a More Efficient Envelope

Originally published in Architectural Products Magazine (pg 16), pdf version If you have ever met an ultralight backpacker,..

Sustainability

The Perfect Match: Energy Efficient Building Envelope and Mini-Splits for the HVAC System

Many builders and designers are realizing the energy efficiencies of using SIPs for the envelope of the structures they are..

Contractors

Streamline Building Projects to Alleviate Labor Shortages

Although construction and housing markets are recovering from the recession, finding and hiring workers continue to be a key..

Sustainability

The Science Behind SIPs

Before you start comparing numbers, you need to determine the true energy efficiency of your building envelope.  A..

Design Professionals

Project Profile: Mixed Income Senior Apartments

As part of the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Building Excellence Awards, one of Community Development..

Contractors

Are All SIPs Created Equal?

A GUIDE TO ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS WHEN COMPARING SIP SYSTEMS SIPs can be a major structural component of the overall..

Design Professionals

Project Profile: Commercial Facility Meets Energy Requirements with SIPs

As part of the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Building Excellence Awards, Pearl Izumi North American..

Residential

Building Made Easy: Residential Time Lapse Video

Building systems with an acceleration advantage is key these days for builders and developers. With the horrendous winter,..

Sustainability

Project Profile: LEED PLATINUM Missoula Federal Credit Union

We are excited to add a ‘Project Profiles’ section to our blog. Here you will find details/photos on completed SIPs projects..

Sustainability

Energy Efficient Buildings Built with SIPs Recognized

Premier SIPs was recognized during the Structural Insulated Panel Association’s (SIPA) 12th Annual 2014 Building Excellence..

Sustainability

Prefabrication & Energy Efficiency- New Book Released

  RELEASED TODAY, APRIL 15TH: Prefabulous World:  Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe by Sheri Koones..

Commercial

Project Profile: Jacob E. Manch Elementary

We are excited to add a ‘Project Profiles’ section to our blog. Here you will find details/photos on completed SIPs projects..

Design Professionals

SIPs in the Alaskan Bush – A Winning Perspective from the Designer

Project, description/details & photos courtesy of Bruce Hopper, P.E., S.E.  |  Senior Structural Engineer & BIM Specialist..

Commercial

Project Profile: Puyallup Tribal Longhouse

We are excited to add a ‘Project Profiles’ section to our blog.  Here you will find details/photos on completed SIPs..

Sustainability

Sustainable Buildings. Reduced Risk.

At first, the connection between the insurance industry and the promotion of green building may not be obvious.  But as the..

Sustainability

Thermal Loss Thwarted

Originally printed in Architectural Products Magazine, Features Special Report, Insulation, Nov 2013 By:  Alan Weis,..

Design Professionals

System Approach to the Building Envelope

Air barrier, weather resistive barrier, continuous insulation, HEERs rating, building envelope…. When did construction get..

Sustainability

12 Steps to an Energy Efficient Home from an Award Winning WA State Builders Point of View

Whether you are talking about green building, sustainability or Zero Net Energy, I think the common theme between these..

Contractors

Build Like the Wind

Last week we shared a video clip of the wind storm in the Carolina’s  that caused a stick framed structure under..

Sustainability

The HERS Index is THE Home Energy Efficiency Gauge

Reblogged from LG Squared, Inc. Residential Design Get on board with the HERS train, you will be glad you did. It’s 2014 and..

Sustainability

Retail Stores Pursue Energy Efficiency with Advanced Building Method

Originally posted in Commercial Construction & Renovation magazine, Nov/Dec 2013 “Reducing heating and cooling use is a key..

Building Owners

Building for Tomorrow, Today

Building structures to code isn’t enough. The smart contractors and architects  design and construct buildings that go a..

Sustainability

Reducing School Operating Costs via Building Material Choice

Originally published in Educational Facility Planner Magazine, volume 47 issue 1 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports..

Sustainability

Rebuilding Colorado. Better. Smarter.

Last month’s Colorado floods are leading to massive rebuilding efforts (destruction to 1,918 square miles of the state and..

Design Professionals

How To: Mounting Solar on SIPS

Originally posted in Home Power Magazine, written by Patrick Sughrue, General Manager for Structures NW LLC Premier SIPS..

Company News

Ultra-green Modular Classroom Prototype Relies on Premier SIPS

Method Prefab and SEED Collaborative have designed and built the first modular building to pursue the Living Building..

Residential

SIPS Project Featured in Dwell Magazine

It is exciting to be part of the recently completed LEED for Homes Platinum Project, 3 Palms, which is featured in the..

Sustainability

Energy Efficient Culinary Institute to be Certified EA Gold

Originally featured in Jetson Green and Inhabitat, May 29th, 2013 Planned as part of a pilot program for Earth Advantage..

Sustainability

Serene Island Retreat Snags AIA Housing Award

Originally established to recognize the best in housing design, the AIA Housing Awards have grown significantly over the..

Design Professionals

Be A Zero Hero: A Simple and Fast Way to Energy Efficient Buildings

Not long ago, net-zero energy buildings seemed like the dream of geodesic dome dwellers. The reality is net-zero is readily..

Sustainability

Green Building Projects Built with SIPS Recognized

Excited to be honored during the Structural Insulated Panel Association’s (SIPA) 11th Annual Building Excellence Awards..

Contractors

Structural Insulated Panel Electrical Installations

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Sustainability

Canadian Builders Use High Performance Building Solutions

Premier SIPS Canadian dealers Trout Creek Enterprises and SIP Building Systems Inc. (SIP-BS) are featured in the April..

Design Professionals

TIGHT BUILDING ENVELOPE? How you going to do it?

Written By:Premier SIPS Technical Manager Okay, so you’ve decided to build “green”.  Now you have to decide if you are going..

Contractors

SIPS Help Combat What Builders Fear Most – Labor Shortages

While the construction and housing markets are certainly recovering, Builders are still faced with many challenges. The two..

Residential

A Southern California Rustic Home, Big in Style & Small in Footprint

“In the mountains, temperatures can drop to 10 degrees at night in the winter.  The typical winter day is between 30 and 40..

Residential

The SIMPLE Kind of PreFab- the PopUP House

Couple years ago House Port released a SIMPLE and new sustainable alternative to traditional manufactured homes called the..

Design Professionals

SIPS & Timber Framing, A Natural Blend

Timber framing, a timeless beauty, has been around for centuries and has been used in almost every architectural style..

Sustainability

A Net-Zero-Energy House for $125 a Square Foot

Originally published in Green Building Advisor, written by homeowner Eric Thomas The housing bubble had burst, the banks..

Design Professionals

Build Fast & Tight

Have you ever needed to meet dual challenges of rapid construction and high energy efficiency?  Take a look at our Little..

Sustainability

Using SIPS to Meet Green Building Goals

The Western states are home to some of the country’s greenest buildings.  The region’s design and building professionals..

Design Professionals

Project Profile: Great Architecture in a Rural Community

A family farm located near Gildford, Montana demonstrates that farm living and great architecture can go hand-in-hand...

Sustainability

Tribal SIPS Project Receives USGBC Project of the Year and International SEED Award

The Puyallup Tribal Longhouse, a multifamily housing project on the Puyallup Tribe reservation in Tacoma, WA is receiving..

Industry

Standards for Structural Insulated Panels….is it time?

It’s hard to believe that SIPs have been around since the 1930’s and yet they are not readily used in Type V construction...

Design Professionals

Historic Native American Architecture Successful with SIPs

Last month, students, staff and the Zuni Pueblo community in northwestern New Mexico dedicated the new Zuni Christian..

Commercial

Preserving Affordable Housing for Seniors in Arizona

The costs to rent or purchase housing remains increasingly less affordable to millions of Americans, both for those on fixed..

Design Professionals

Project Inspiration: San Fran Urban Infill Residence

Located on a downhill, one-way street in the Mission District of San Francisco,this four-story modern-style row home is..

Sustainability

SIPs used in one of Washington State’s most energy efficient schools

It’s been a year since students hit the halls at the new Finn Hill Jr. High School…one of the district’s leader in energy..

Design Professionals

What if you could heat a home for less than $200/yr?

Looking through project photos for a presentation today and came across a house designed and built by Scott Homes.  Every..

Commercial

Innovative Multi-Family Housing Driving Revitalization Effort In Las Vegas

Down the road from the bright lights of downtown Las Vegas is an area with aging buildings, homeless individuals roaming the..

Sustainability

Oregon Museum to Showcase Alternative Energy

Ever wonder where a french fry comes from?  How does it go from a ground grown potatoe and end up on your plate curly,..

Sustainability

Project Inspiration: Energy Efficient Residential Expansion

Situated in a pocket of classic oak woodlands of Portola Valley, California, the completed Hillside House is an extensive..

Company News

Eco-Fabulous Home Down the Street wins National Green Building Award

Good friend and partner, TC Legend Homes & Zero-Energy Plans LLC of Coupeville, Washington was one of eleven home building..

Sustainability

How insulation is an instant way to cut energy bills!

With spring and the feeling of a new building season, people start asking many of the questions we have already written..

Company News

Premier SIPS Bring Home Top Honors in 2012 Building Excellence Awards

We were thrilled to be honored during The Structural Insulated Panel Association’s (SIPA)  10th Annual 2012 Building..

Commercial

2011 Year in Review: Top 10 SIP Projects that Provide a Green Punch!

It’s end of the year, what do we all do at the end of the year to count down to the next year coming?  Top 10….of course!..

Design Professionals

Issues with incorporating sprinkler systems in your building project?

New building code requirements are being adopted by local jurisdictions requiring sprinkler systems in residential..

Sustainability

Wood is Good

Wood has many attributes that make it an obvious choice for green buildings.  It grows naturally, using energy from the sun,..

Residential

Part 2: Building an Eco-Fabulous Home: does it cost more than the new townhome down the street?

Back in June, I wrote on a Seattle couple, Eric and Alexandra, who set out to build green on a budget:  Building an..

Building Owners

Is your house in need of a winter sweater?

Your house gets cold too. Help it retain heat, reduce energy costs and increase your comfort. If your home was built in the..

Commercial

SIP built National Wildlife Refuge Complex, funded by ARRA, almost complete

Set to open in the month of October, the new SIP (structural insulated panel) built San Luis National Wildlife Refuge..

Sustainability

Native American Communities on a Sustainable Course…

The buildings in which we live, work, and play protect us from Nature’s extremes, yet they also affect our health and..

Sustainability

Saving Energy is SEXY! Especially when mixed with a little bit of science

When you strip down the walls, roof and floors of a building there is a simple and sexy story about how the building..

Sustainability

Community Recreation Center Gets an Environmental Facelift

If you have children…or maybe your inner child needs to let loose, the new Lynnwood Recreation Center will be a perfect fit...

Design Professionals

Building an Eco-Fabulous Home: does it cost more than the new townhome down the street?

So you have a goal for your next house…. sustainable and energy efficient. You want “eco-fabulous” for your family and for..

Commercial

SIPS TIPS: Do you face the challenges of meeting your construction schedules?

Need a building product to help keep your construction on schedule?  Premier SIPS helped this Tribal college’s tight..

Commercial

SIPs help meet tight construction schedule during harsh Montana winter…

The project team for the Little Big Horn College Health & Wellness Center faced a daunting schedule.  Time was running out..

Sustainability

First Passive Home in San Mateo County, California: Come See for Yourself!

Clarum Homes has been busy constructing the first Passive home in San Mateo County, California:  A Menlo Park Passive Home!..

Sustainability

Oregon Government Project wins Environmental Design & Construction Design Award

Each year, Environmental Design & Construction Magazine, ED+C, holds it’s Excellence in Design Awards to honor projects that..

Sustainability

School designers looking at SIPs

Originally Posted on Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Blog, May 9th With tighter construction budgets and a..

Contractors

SIPS TIPS: Costing a SIPS Structure

This month’s SIPS TIPS are focused on costing a SIPS structure….and focusing on the BIG PICTURE!!  Generally the material..

Sustainability

When a Zero on the Report Card Is Good

Originally published in School Planning & Management magazine, April Edition, by James Hodgson, Premier SIPS General Manager..

Design Professionals

Project Look-back: Fascinating Designs…SIPs Have International Presence

Featured in many publications, around the world, Premier SIPs was used in British designer Mark Merer’s contemporary studio..

Design Professionals

Green Living for an Aging Population

We were excited to see Glenn Croston blog in Fast Company about one of our Premier SIPs projects with Pepper Viner Homes, La..

Commercial

Problems & Solutions: Roof Structure Improvement on Washington Church

St. Paul Episcopal’s Church in Kennewick WA, built in 1958,  had an existing roof that was built using a rough timber..

Building Owners

Faster. Cheaper. Better: Proof you can build a better house for less money

Want to know how a successful custom home builder creates a highly efficient and healthy house for the same price as a..

Design Professionals

Fire Protection & SIPs, Magical Poo Goo Coatings vs Gypsum Wall Board

How do Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) react in a fire? Check out this article.

Sustainability

Studies Prove That SIPS Framed Buildings Help Reduce Global Warming!!

Two studies were recently published giving SIPS advantages over other building practices for providing substantial energy..

Design Professionals

SIPS TIPS: This isn’t your grandmother’s stick framed structure!

Do you really know how a Structural Insulated Panel System works?  This is the first of our new monthly blog series:  SIPS..

Company News

Premier SIPS receive SIPA awards for energy efficient & sustainable SIP projects

The 9th annual Building Excellence Awards were awarded last week during the 2011 Structural Insulated Panel Association..

Contractors

Marketing Matters: It’s all about a true sales cycle…

Written By:  Becky Laybourn, Marketing Manager It’s rare these days when clients and prospects get a glimpse of a true..

Commercial

Stimulus Funds Help Construct National Wildlife Refuge

The new Audubon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) headquarters and visitor center in Coleharbor, North Dakota, is the first of..

Design Professionals

From The Drafting Board: SIPs May Cause Pets To Go Boneless!

Written by:  Bryan Osborn, AIA LEED GA   AKA: THEGREENOZ This is my cat Gomez (Yes, he has a brother named Fester). At about..

Sustainability

The Green Access Home at Suncadia: Contemporary Mountain Cabin Showcases Affordable Sustainability

Written By:  Troy Brown, Brandner Communications, Inc. In the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, a vacation home tucked..

Design Professionals

Multi-Story Building Envelopes: Run Best on Perfect Blend of Insulation & Circulation. CAUTION: Provides Extreme Energy Efficiency

Written by:  Jeff Beason, Premier SIPs Building Consultant, LEED GA While driving in Pennsylvania, I caught up to an Amish..

Sustainability

Net-Zero, Passive, Living Buildings, What Does It All Mean? And Let’s Talk Simple Terms…

With so many energy efficiency building terms and challenges out there, what is what? We laid this out in laymen’s terms,..

Sustainability

It’s Your Green…Start Off Right

Written by:  John Vanderhoof, LEED GA More than anything else, people with experience in green development emphasize that..

Sustainability

From The Drafting Table: CalGreen Has Arrived- What’s a Californian To Do?

  I don’t mean to rub it in to the rest of the country, who have had heinous winter weather to deal with this season.  But..

Sustainability

Are We Trashing Our Future?

Written by:  Jeff Beason, Premier SIPS SW Regional Manager, LEED GA. At a press conference, President George W. Bush..

Company News

EnergyValue Housing Awards® Gold and Silver Winners Rely on Premier Building Systems SIPs

The EnergyValue Housing Awards Gold and Silver Winners relied on Premier Building Systems for their roofing needs. Check it..

Sustainability

Green Begets Green: Why Can’t We Get Past the ‘Perceived’ Cost of Building Green?

Written by:  John Vanderhoof, LEED GA Unfortunately, the perceived cost of going green is what deters most from building..

Company News

Premier Building Systems SIPs Rated Tops in Brand Preference Survey

Building industry professionals have rated Premier Building Systems as the preferred brand of structural insulated panels in..

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