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What makes SIPs so green?

  1. Energy efficiency – Reduced energy consumption.

    1. Reduced energy bills - 40-50% versus traditional construction.

    2. Reduced air leakage - up to 90% versus traditional construction.

    3. Less expensive heating and cooling systems.

    4. Easy to qualify for Energy Star.

  2. Reduced construction time.

  3. Reduced construction waste.

  4. EPS is manufactured without the use of CFCs or HCFCs.

  5. Reduced CO2 emissions over the lifetime of the home.

  6. Reduced impact on forests. Oriented strand board is made from “new-growth” trees, requiring less virgin lumber than conventional construction.

  7. Improved indoor air quality.

  8. Ozone-friendly – EPS uses the eco-friendly pentane as its expanding agent. No out-gassing is produced from the foam releasing system, and the EPS foam core can be recycled.

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Structural Insulated Panels and LEED

SIPS & LEED FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION: The Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the leading rating systems in the United States administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED provides guidelines for the design and construction of high-performance commercial and residential buildings.

HOW DOES LEED WORK? Projects certified under the rating system must meet a total points minimum by accumulating points in the following categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Innovation and Design Process. Buildings must also meet prerequisites in each category. Four levels of certification are available, based on the total number of points awarded: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Certified: 26-32 points ~ Silver 33-38 points ~ Gold: 39-51 points ~ Platinum: 52-69 points


What is Green Building?

Green building is the practice of minimizing the impact a building has on the natural environment. Although there are numerous theories and rating systems proposing how this can be accomplished, they all share several clear goals:

  1. Reduced Energy ConsumptionEnergy is in high demand, and the processes used to generate energy often produce carbon dioxide emissions. Decreasing energy and fossil fuel use in buildings is important to prevent large-scale climate change.

  2. SIPs are an extremely efficient structure due to it’s high R-value and tight overall structure

  3. Material and Resource ConservationGreen designers and builders select building materials and methods that reduce the amount of natural resources required to construct a building.

  4. The major components of SIPs, foam and oriented strand board (OSB), take less energy and raw materials to produce than other structural building systems.

  5. OSB is manufactured from fast growing, underutilized, and often less expensive wood species grown in carefully managed forests.

  6. EPS is a highly efficient lightweight insulation composed mostly of air.

  7. Healthy Indoor Environment With people spending 90% of their time indoors, buildings should create a safe environment for occupants, free from mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other harmful airborne pollutants.

  8. A SIP home allows for better control over indoor air quality because the airtight building envelope limits incoming air to controlled ventilation.

  9. Water ConservationWater-saving systems limit the use of this important natural resource and prevent water pollution that can damage natural ecosystems.

  10. Site PlanningCareful site and infrastructure development will minimize water and air pollution.