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.