SIP panels are a construction building product developed and used since the 1950’s. They are used to construct millions of square feet of buildings each year. They are some of the strongest building materials and may be the quickest way to build almost anything. SIPs come in a variety of sizes and are cut to specific lengths and shapes prior to building a structure. Once manufactured and cut to size in a structural insulated panel factory they are then shipped to the job site for assembly into the building. Although there are variations (each sip panel manufacturer modifies them slightly) they all function on the same basic principles. Namely an inner skin and an outer skin are separated by a foam core. This geometry behaves like a giant I-beam and is incredibly strong. Typically Structural Insulated Panels cores are made from one of two structural foam materials: polyurethane foams or polystyrene foams (and multiple variations). The inner and outer skins are typically pressed board known as OSB (oriented strand board).
SIP Panels – Now Available Across the Globe!
What are Structural Insulated Panels (sip)
What is wrong with traditional SIP’s?
One of the main problems with these panels is that they typically use OSB as the skin. OSB has three drawbacks when it comes to construction. First it rots. This leads to the second problem; it needs to have a vapor barrier installed. Thirdly, the interior must be finished which usually implies adding drywall. This all adds to a build up of sip panel costs. In the past, Sip Panels needed to be shipped to the job site and this too adds to the SIP’s cost and that is why SIP manufacturers are usually regional. Lastly, sip panel manufacturing plants are expensive. This has kept them from being available in many places.
Why are IADDIC SIP Panels Different?
For starters, we believe SIP Panels should be available across the globe. To accommodate this we eliminated the need for a factory. In reality, we take the factory directly to the job site. Many manufacturers chose to use polystyrene as the foam core. Not that that makes a big difference on quality or performance but to us, it didn’t offer the flexibility and condensed feature of polyurethane foam. Polyurethane foam expands 20-40 times it’s raw material state when used. This translates into a huge logistics and shipping advantage. Lastly, we have settled on MgO (magnesium oxide) cement as the skinning material we recommend. This cement-like material weathers better than OSB, it does not rot and it has a fairly smooth surface so additional drywall is not required.
Nobody can Afford to Ship Sip’s!
Even if you liked a particular manufacture, you must get them shipped to the job site. For some places this is not a problem. For IADDIC it IS the problem. We’re making them available across the globe so this means the shipping has to be efficient. As it turns out NOTHING ships as efficiently as Industrial Grade Structural Insulated Polyurethane Foam. Condensed 20-40 times its final state it is more efficient to ship than any other construction material, guaranteed!
SIP Panel Manufacturing
Traditionally, SIP Panels have been made in regional factories but that is not the best way to get SIP Panels into the hands of contractors and builders across the globe. To change that IADDIC has developed equipment used to manufacture structural panels anywhere. We have two basic systems for SIP panel production: The PBS3000 which is a stationary yet portable panel press and the Global Mobile Factory which, as the name implies is mobile. Both systems equip the construction contractor or the builder with the tools needed to produce their own panels. Speaking of tools, we also offer tools needed to fabricate the panel so they fit perfectly into the building construction.
SIP Panel Construction
SIP Panel Construction is indeed one of the easiest construction methods available. The speeds with which buildings can be erected are unrivaled by other more traditional construction methods. In places where housing is in high demand, fast construction is essential. A couple of men and some light equipment can have a whole average sized house constructed in a couple of days. We are referring to the walls and roofs only. Finishing work is added to that but nonetheless, SIP Panel construction is incredibly quick and some of the most durable in the world and is often times ICC (International Code Compliant) and UBC (Universal Building Code) compliant.
SIP Panels Prices
We have provided here a SIP Panel price calculator to better help you understand our prices. Use the calculator to gather a quick price and then contact us for a detailed proposal. We are also providing a sneak peek at a competitors published prices. We think you will agree; building with Structurally Insulated Panels using the IADDIC system simply makes sense.
What Can Be Built using SIP’s?
The short answer is almost anything! Anything from tiny homes, shelter, disaster relief shelters, affordable housing, schools, clinics, commercial buildings and more. If it’s been built with brick and mortar, concrete, wood or metal studs; chances are it can be built using SIP Panels. Chances are also extremely high that it will also be built better, certainly be more energy efficient and if built using the IADDIC recommended structural foams and MgO skins, last longer.