What are Structural Insulated Panels?
Structural Insulated panels (SIPs) are high performing thermally efficient composite panels. They are effectively a sandwich comprising two layers of approved structural board with an insulating layer of foam in between. They can be used for walls, roofs and floors in residential and commercial buildings.
The (SIP) panel replaces the three separate elements in traditional frame construction, namely, framework, plywood bracing and insulation batts.
Structural Insulated Panels are slowly becoming more well known in New Zealand due to the success they have seen so far and the growing evidence, both here and overseas, of their benefits for insulation, strength and rapid installation.
The exceptional strength and bracing properties are often overshadowed by the insulation benefits but the strength, and the ductility, of this product is significant in addressing a number of issues, including their suitability for earthquake zones.