Various independent studies show the environmental benefits of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs):
EPS Industry Alliance Life Cycle Analysis
This comparative study conducted by the EPS Industry Alliance shows that the energy invested in the production of SIPs yields an exponential benefit to the environment compared to traditional wood framing.
Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Structural Insulated Panels for Residential Buildings in a Hot and Arid Climate
This Master’s thesis offers comparison of SIPs in the hot, arid climate of Bahrain versus concrete block. Even with the high logistics cost of importing SIPs from China to the middle east, the SIPs saved enough energy and were economical enough to beat out the local building methods.
BASF Residential Insulation Systems Eco-Efficiency Analysis
BASF’s award-winning Eco-Efficiency Analysis assesses the complete environmental impact of several residential wall systems, including SIPs and 2 × 4 and 2 x 6 stick construction with fiberglass BATT.
Eco-Efficiency Analysis Conclusion
“SIPs are consistently the more eco-efficient technology. In addition to providing energy efficiency benefits, they have low environmental impact over their life cycle.”
Durability & Resilience: Coastal Construction from FEMA
FEMA has produced a series of 37 fact sheets that provide technical guidance and recommendations concerning the construction of coastal residential buildings. The fact sheets present information aimed at improving the performance of buildings subject to flood and wind forces in coastal environments. The fact sheets make extensive use of photographs and drawings to illustrate National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulatory requirements, the proper siting of coastal buildings, and recommended design and construction practices, including structural connections, the building envelope, utilities, and accessory structures. In addition, many of the fact sheets include lists of additional resources that provide more information about the topics discussed.