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SIPs Accepted into Residential Code

Until recently, builders using structural insulated panels (SIPs) had to work with an architect or engineer to prove the technique was equivalent structurally to those spelled out in the International Residential Code. In May 2007, the International Code Council (ICC) adopted prescriptive specifications and installation details for SIPs into the code, eliminating the need for this extra engineering. The specifications describe material requirements for SIPs as well as construction details for single- and double-story buildings. Written by the Structural Insulated Panel Association and APA - The Engineered Wood Association, the specifications were originally rejected by ICC but were later accepted after changes were made to expand the number of materials that can be used in the foam core of SIPs. The specifications are published in the 2007 supplement to the code, which is available at

Published August 2, 2007

Wendt, A. (2007, August 2). SIPs Accepted into Residential Code. Retrieved from

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