SIPS has long proved popular with those self-builders who demand the best possible construction techniques for their new home. By offering a super insulated structure, with very low fuel bills, additional room space and a quick and predictable build programme, SIPS meets their exacting standards and is recognised by a range of industry bodies.
The building is based on the post beam structure and the panels are joined using either the post or a spline. The spline is a unique sealed jointing system that minimises the amount of air that can pass through the joints.
Today, many buildings are built with a traditional timber frame structure and this trend is growing as Building Regulations / Standards strive for better thermal performance and the construction industry increasingly moves towards the off-site construction of buildings.
Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) technology is the next generation of timber based construction methods.
Demand for off-site construction methods such as SIPs is growing rapidly. This is being driven by factors such as, the availability of on-site skills being at an all time low and the need for organisations such as local authorities and housing associations to innovate when seeking Egan compliance. Hence SIPS is playing a major role in meeting this demand.
Advantages In Using SIPS
- Highly energy efficient.
- More controllable indoor environment than traditional construction methods such as masonry due to the superior air-tightness of the System.
- Low site wastage as schemes are designed, cut and palletised in the factory meaning no excess building materials are delivered to site.
- All the components for a Project e.g. panels and ancillaries, come factory meaning no excess building materials are delivered to site.
- All the components for a Project e.g. panels and ancillaries, come from one source, therefore there are fewer deliveries compared to more traditional construction methods where components can often be sourced from and delivered by a number of different distributors or manufacturers. The overall result is less transport, which reduces the project’s impact on the environment.
- Incorporates a room in roof, so it is an excellent solution to gaining more room space.
- Panelised system enables a fast track building process, which helps to reduce construction time considerably.
- Follow on trades can start work sooner as the SIPS is wrapped with a non-tenting breather membrane which offers a weather-tight shell helping the contractor complete the project faster.
- For the contractor and developer, faster completion of projects can result in earlier cash recovery, improved cashflow and can increase capacity through the ability to achieve more project completions in a year.
- Much easier to predict project completion times as the System is relatively simple to erect and requires no wet trades or brick layers.
- As a result of reduced time on-site, and as only trained and approved RKS staff will erect the SIPS, the likelihood of accidents on-site are reduced.
- Defects are vastly reduced due to the factory controlled manufacture, precise engineering and design of the system.