The stick framing of today has been the go-to construction method for almost two centuries. Over this time, there have been many changes and improvements in building methodology as well as construction materials used for framing and insulation. One such change was the invention of the Structural Insulated Panel or SIP. So, what are the differences between SIPs and stick framing?
NW Building Systems Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) use a continuous core of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam structurally laminated between two boards of performance-rated oriented strand board (OSB). While SIPs can be used for walls or roofs, the best performance occurs when SIPs are used to create an entire energy-efficient shell.
While SIPs may cost more initially, SIP construction provides benefits that impact the entire cost of ownership for the life of the structure. Ultimately, SIP panel construction will save more than your increased initial investment in the panels. These cost-saving benefits include:
- Shorter construction times and reduced labor costs
- Lower energy bills and a more comfortable environment
- Smaller mechanical systems (HVAC)