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Disadvantages of Building with SIPs

What Stops People From Building With Structural Insulated Panels

Costs - Building with structural insulated panels costs more than a conventional wood framed home. However, the energy savings found using with SIPs can be made up typically in four to eight years for a life time of savings

Perception - The general population is familiar with conventional plat form framing using studs to frame the home. Better is sometimes difficult to understand.

Design Limitations - All building materials and building systems have limitations. Studded SIP panels have the same design limitations as conventional framing systems. Sandwich panels can be used for most home designs as well.

Old School Builders - Reservations of using a builder who makes the statement of "We have been building this way for years" is the type of builder to run from if you are considering building an energy efficient home. Building science has left these builders in the dust. Looking for a progressive builder who will integrate technology into you new home is who you want as a general contractor.

Mechanical Ventilation Requirements

Homes constructed with insulated panels are extremely air tight compared to conventional framed and insulated homes. Due to the air tightness of the home, mechanical ventilations systems are required to maintaing healthy indoor air quality for the occupants. Either an HRV or an ERV is recommended when you build with a energy efficient home of any type.

SIPs can cost as little as one dollar a square foot in additional building costs and save forty percent on long term energy bills. Structural insulated panels is a great long term investment for your home and our environment.

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