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Structural insulated panels (SIPs) provide sustainable buildings with high thermal performance and airtightness with applications for a wide range of education, residential, leisure, commercial and healthcare projects.

SIPs are prefabricated, high performance, lightweight building components used in external walls and roofs. The panels are typically manufactured by sandwiching two layers of orientated strand board (OSB) structurally adhered to a core of polyurethane (PUR) via an injection process. SIP walls can bear considerable vertical and horizontal loads with reduced internal studding. The load carried by the SIP is transferred to ground by the OSB skins, held in position by the insulation core.

SIPS offer a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective to use, with fast-track installation processes adopted on site.

Challenging Building Regulations and drive for low and zero carbon building means higher standards for insulation and airtightness are required and SIPS provide a guaranteed method of achieving this. Fabric energy efficiency standards (FEES) are now an essential part of the equation, demanding much more of the industry and driving the market for SIP building systems.

Low carbon construction – throughout the building envelope – needs insulation, air-tightness and junction performance, as well as the balancing required from building services and ventilation. Highly insulated buildings keep heat in and a ‘fabric first’ approach enables SIPS to provide sustainability and energy efficiency at the heart of the design.

SIPCO SIPS offer a solution to the strict requirements of Building Regulations, BREEAM and Passivhaus standards, giving system U-values as low as 0.09 W/m²K, with minimal heat loss via thermal-bridging (Y-value), typically 0.025 W/m²K exceeding the accredited and enhanced construction details Y-values of 0.08 and 0.04 W/m²K respectively.