What Are SIPs (And How Are They Different)?

In this blog post we're going to take a closer look at what Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are, and how they differ from traditional "sticks and fluff" building.

What Exactly Are Formance SIPs?

SIPs are high-performance, thermally-efficient composite panels, which consist of a sandwich of two layers of structural OSB board with an insulating layer of polystyrene.

The end result is a performance panel that provides:

  • Structural framing
  • Insulation
  • Exterior sheathing

And all of that in a solid, one-piece component! This represents a significant difference versus conventional framing and insulation methods of building that most Kiwis are used to.

Is SIP Technology New & Un-Proven?

Not at all! SIPs have been used overseas in the United States, Europe, UK and other countries for over 40 years.

Although it is a relatively new technology to the New Zealand market, SIPs have been time-tested in demanding environments around the world.

In the next post we are going to take a closer look at why SIPs are a great choice for new building projects (especially from the design and construction perspective). Keep an eye out for it!

Remember that Formace is going to be exhibiting at Buildnz/Designex 2017, coming up from 25-27 June at ASB Showgrounds in Auckland.

I will be giving a seminar at the event on the need for high-performance housing in New Zealand. Too many Kiwis are growing up in cold, damp, unhealthy homes. I want to change that!

For more information about Buildnz/Designex 2017 and what Formance will be showcasing, please check out our info page here.