Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are a sustainable solution for builders, saving energy and material resources and..
Why Choose Premier SIPS?
When it comes to performance, through the entire lifecycle of a building, Premier SIPS are the smartest framing system choice in every way. Architects, Engineers, and Contractors who have a passion for their craft, and want to leave a legacy through the buildings they create choose Structural Insulated Panels over stick-framed structures. Start here to learn why:
Build for the Future with Sustainable SIPs
Sustainability starts with the building envelope! Buildings account for almost half of energy consumption and emissions, so making the smart choice in building envelope selection is key to protecting our natural resources.
Premier SIPS systems offer unsurpassed environmental benefits. Finished SIPs buildings reduce the energy consumed and emitted, regularly by up to 60%. The core materials used to manufacture SIPs are renewable and recyclable. Jobsite waste for SIPs construction is reduced by an average 30%. And these are just some of the sustainable features.
All of which have led industry professionals to design and build with SIPs for decades, to make an impact for the greater good of our planet and future generations.
A History of Innovation
The first SIP panels were designed in 1935 by Forest Products Labs in Wisconsin and utilized by Frank Lloyd Wright through the 1930s and 1940s for his Usonian Houses. In 1952 Alden B Dow, the son of Dow Chemical Company and student of Wright created the first foam core SIP and built several homes that are still standing today. By the 1960s SIP as we know it had become readily available.
Since 1985 Premier SIPS has been at the forefront of product development, building on the foundation of those first pioneers. We’re now the leading SIP manufacturer in North America as this method proves over and over to be the future of the building industry. Our product comes with a 20-year warranty because we know that it will stand the test of time.
How does a building cost less to build if SIPs can cost slightly higher than traditional stick frame?
Comparing SIPs to
2X6 R19 Construction
With all of these project factors considered, here is a summary of why SIPs are superior to standard 2X6 R19 construction.
|Benefit||2X6 r19 (FIBERGLASS) Construction||SIPs Construction|
|Energy Efficiency||Baseline||Up to 48% more efficient|
|R-Value||Baseline||Whole wall SIP assemblies significantly out perform a 2X6 R19 wall and offer 20-year thermal warranty. View R-values & U-Factors.|
|Labor Costs||Baseline||Up to 55% labor savings. Proven! Read SIPA News Release|
|Strength||Baseline||20-30% Stronger – SIPs handle higher in-plane compressive loads. View Load Charts|
|Seismic||Tie downs and additional material/ labor costs required to meet code||Approved by code in all seismic zones, additional tie downs may be required depending on design|
|Waste Created||Baseline||30% less salvageable structural lumber sent to landfills over sticks. Premier SIPS are recyclable and made with recycled content.|
|Fire Resistance||Sticks require one layer of 5/8″ drywall to meet a 1-hour fire wall approval.||Premier SIPS are code approved for multiple 1-hour wall assembly options.|
|IAQ – Indoor Air Quality||Baseline, no IAQ certification||Clean air gold certified.|
Featured SIPs Success Stories
Here are regional case studies of actual homes and commercial building projects using Premier's Structural Insulated Panel System:
Grand Families Complex, Phoenix
Winner of the ‘Exemplary Urban Multifamily Project’ Award from the Arizona Department of Housing.
Manch Elementary School, Las Vegas
2010 SIPA Building Excellence Awards Winner, and National Overall Competition Winner
Menlo Park Net-Zero Residence
Columbia City Passive Apartments, Seattle
2018 SIPA Building Excellence Awards National Runner Up for High-Performance MultiFamily.
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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.