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High-Performance SIP Constructions

Structural insulated panels (SIP) are high-performance building systems used when building a residential or commercial building. SIP panels contain an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural board layers, usually oriented strand board (OSB). SIP constructions have been gaining popularity in the UK in the last ten years.


So, what are the pros and cons of using the SIP construction system?


Pros

· The panels are made to last; the rigid nature of the foam and the OSB, when used together, makes them solid.

  • The construction process is significantly shorter, meaning a house can be built and watertight in a matter of days. In addition, it requires fewer tradespeople, and windows and doors are pre-cut into the panels saving additional time.

  • Houses can be built larger and with more open space. In addition, the panels are more flexible and lightweight; there are fewer limitations concerning building designs.

  • It is possible to reduce mortgage rates when building using SIP constructions, leading to huge savings over time.

  • Structural Insulated Panels have a significant effect on energy bills. As they are airtight and thermally sound, your heating bills will be lower.


Cons

  • There is a requirement to install additional vents and extractors as the heat gets trapped inside. The excess heat could cause condensation and mould if it cannot escape.

  • As the panels are made off-site, it is essential that measurements are accurate, or your SIP construction will not fit seamlessly.

  • As SIPs are relatively new in the UK, finding a competent builder can be challenging. You may have to look further afield to find a builder with the skills required, increasing the build time.

  • A SIP construction will last for approximately 60 years. After this, your home will need rebuilding or undergo some adjustments to remain suitable.



It is clear that due to their flexible nature, speedy build time and energy efficiencies, SIP constructions are the building material of the future.




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