SIPs — Engineered to Maintain a Healthy Home

During this interesting period in time, many Americans are still clocking work hours in the comfort of their homes.

But the indoor air quality of a home does not always provide a safe haven. Household gasses and chemicals can trigger asthma-related issues and cause headaches, eye irritation, and allergies. Sometimes detrimental health issues, like cancers, can even be attributed to household toxins.

With this in mind, it does provide some comfort to know that building homes with structural insulated panels, or SIPs, an impermeable building envelope, provides much healthier indoor air quality levels compared with traditionally framed homes.

Near airtight building envelopes allow for control over indoor air quality

Indoor air quality, or IAQ, is a vital component of a healthier, more comfortable living environment. Improved IAQ can significantly reduce respiratory issues, allergens, and exposure to harmful bodily toxins.

SIPs, expanded polystyrene (EPS) rigid foam insulation sandwiched between two oriented strand boards (OSB), provide a virtually airtight building envelope. This tight seal allows for better control over indoor air quality because it significantly limits incoming and escaping airflow. While SIPs buildings do require controlled ventilation, this further improves air quality by filtering out contaminants and allergens, allowing incoming air to be dehumidified, and thus, reducing the possibility of mold growth.

Because of the non-toxic material used in SIPs insulation, mold and insects are further deterred from entering the home. Plus, these panels help prevent air drafts, which leads to lower energy usage and reduced greenhouse gas emitted from the home. Additionally, Premier SIPS uses materials made from renewable resources.

SIP materials are free of harmful toxins

Many states, counties, and cities now require building materials to be third-party certified as low VOC emitting materials. Premier SIPS have been tested to prove they are low VOC emitting (a critical attribute to achieving Clean Air Certification). SIPs do not contain any VOCs or other harmful chemicals that can affect occupant health. The components used to make SIPs (foam, oriented strand board, and adhesive) meet some of the most stringent standards for indoor air quality.

The Environmental Protection Agency concluded that the average U.S. home releases 22,000 pounds of toxic carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. To combat this statistic, many builders choose to build with SIPs because each facet of the manufacturing process is clean and will not disrupt the environment:

  • SIP construction materials (including the adhesive) contain virtually no volatile organic compounds or VOCs.
  • EPS rigid foam insulation uses a non-CFC blowing agent that dissipates shortly after production.
  • OSB meets the world’s leading formaldehyde emissions standards.
  • Zinc borate-treated OSB reduces the exposure of wood products to fungus.

In utilizing SIPs, builders can feel proud that they’re doing their part to better the environment through reduced energy demand, while simultaneously ensuring healthy homes for families, young and old.

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As the oldest manufacturer in the SIPs industry, Premier’s SIP system is the proven prefabricated building envelope framing system for your next commercial or residential structure. Faster, stronger, and greener than outdated lumber framing methods, SIPs are the future of framing. Join the other thousands of structures built with SIPs, and contact the expert in your local region to get started.

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