Feature Article

Structural Insulated Panels: An Efficient Way to Build

Structural Insulated Panels (SIP), have been around since the 1950s but only began making inroads into the construction industry in the 1980s.

May 1, 1998

Over the past few years, growth in this building system has been occurring at a rate of about 30% per year. Though SIP houses today represent less than 1% of residential and light commercial buildings, Cynthia Gardstein, Executive Director of the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA), believes the market share will grow to 5% in just a few years.

SIP construction is attractive in part because it allows very rapid erection of a building shell, helping to control labor costs while reducing dependence on skilled framing contractors. From an environmental perspective, SIPs offer superb energy performance, both high R-value and excellent airtightness.