Comfort and Strength: Premier SIPS are Perfect for the Southwest
It is no surprise when the temperature exceeds 100 degrees in Arizona and Southern Nevada. And thanks to the virtually air-tightness of a SIP structure and the entirely insulated wall and roof cavities it delivers, it is no surprise that Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) is the material of choice for homeowners, home builders, and designers who want high-performance, comfortable, memorable, and long-lasting buildings.
From the U.S. Energy Information Administrations “Quick Facts” report, 25% of the Arizona home energy consumption goes into home air conditioning, four times the national average for energy usage directed into home cooling. A SIP building uses up to 50% less energy to cool in this hot-dry climate, resulting in significantly reduced energy costs for the homeowner. If you aren’t designing or building with SIPs already, it is time to consider an upgrade.
Consistent, strong, and easy to install, Premier SIPs consist of:
- An insulating, expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam core
- Two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB), laminated to either side of the EPS
- A structural adhesive
This engineered system provides an extremely strong insulated wall panel that needs no additional frame or skeleton for support.
Residential and Commercial Building Solution for Arizona and Southern Nevada Construction
SIPs are appealing to commercial builders and developers in the southwest, especially those with revenue generating properties. SIPs provide a virtually airtight envelope improving indoor air quality (IAQ) and creating healthier working and living environments. Air-tightness also reduces HVAC sizing and dramatically improves occupant comfort by providing consistent room temperatures, regardless of the number of floors.
Plus, a SIP building can be assembled much faster than a conventionally built structure, helping you get to occupancy faster and begin recognizing revenue.
Premier SIPs not only helps deliver a better occupant experience, but their long span and high load capacities also translate into fewer columns, posts, and beams required for structural support. Larger SIPs (Jumbo Panels) can be used to cover more area per piece, and require less hardware (nails, panel screws, straps, etc.), thereby reducing the time it takes to build the structure.
Exceeding Codes with SIPs
Arizona and Clark County, Nevada, recognize the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC), but both have also adopted the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In Arizona, roughly 65% of all new construction activity – residential and commercial – occurs in regions under the IECC. This code establishes a baseline for energy efficiency by setting performance standards for the building envelope and R-Value minimums of 38 roof, 13 walls in Maricopa County, 20 in most of Arizona, and 20 in Clark County. Premier SIPs have R-Values ranging from 16 to 49 with a standard EPS core, and up to 56.8 using our GPS cores.
The building envelope is also required to be properly sealed and tested, and verified as having an air leakage rate no higher than 5 Air Changes per Hour (ACH) in climate zone 2 (includes Maricopa and Yuma counties) and 3 ACH in all other AZ climate zones, along with Clark County, NV. Premier SIPs can easily achieve less than 2 ACH, and, with an experienced installer, often achieves less than 1 ACH.
To learn more about how Premier SIPs, the most recognized & awarded SIPs manufacturer in North America, can help you design & build stronger, more comfortable homes that stand-out, contact us today.