Builders & Contractors

Builder’s Resources for SIPS Basics, Construction & Job Site Installation 

Energy codes, framing labor shortages and rising costs of lumber have Contractors exploring proven methods for framing systems. As the leader in Structural Insulated Panel Systems, Premier SIPS has been helping builders create quality green structures at competitive prices for more than 40 years.

Virtually any plan can be converted to SIPs for factory production. If you’re ready to build superior structures, explore the benefits SIPs offer your customers below. If you have a project your ready to get started on, find your local Premier Rep now!

Build Superior Residential & Commercial Structures

Imagine offering to build the entire building envelope (roofs, walls and floors) with a product that is one of the most environmentally-responsible, green building products in the industry today.  Even if they are new to you, SIPs, along with their environmental benefits, have been around for more than 60 years.  View the The Premier SIPS Advantage – Overview Brochure or read on to get the whole “Green” story.

In addition to the many environmental benefits, Premier SIPs can also help your project or home qualify for Tax Credits, Energy Efficient Mortgages and Valuable Environmental Points.

Building & Homeowners save up to 60% on utility bills

Offering home and building owners up to 60% reduction on energy bills is just icing on the cake for builders and architects.

Sustainable from the Start

Made from renewable resources, SIPs are made from EPS foam cores sandwiched between OSB (Oriented Strand Board) panel faces. The OSB is made from fast-growing trees, and produced in a way that yields a large percentage of every tree. The foam itself is made from partially-recycled material, and the final result is a large solid panel that arrives to the jobsite pre-cut. See specifics on SIPs Environmental impacts.

Extreme energy efficiency & superior R-Values

R-value is a static measurement of the resistance to heat flow.  Premier SIPs have consistently outperformed other methods of construction in both whole wall R-value comparison and energy efficiency. The dramatic results of choosing SIPs are ecstatic building owners (achieving exceptionally low building operating costs) paired with more than 50 years of scientific data.

One of the best measures of  energy efficiency of an entire wall assembly has been developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). This testing method considers energy losses for the structural members, corners, joints and around windows, as well as, R-value of the insulation. Contact the your regional Rep for a full copy of this report.

Up to two-thirds less jobsite waste than buildings framed with dimensional lumber

Job-ready, factory fabricated SIPs enable framing crews to install the roof, wall and floor panels without the need to cut, frame and trim excessive amounts of lumber and other materials. The nature of  Premier SIPS’ engineered panelization and off-site construction reduces the amount of jobsite waste by 60% (when compared to buildings constructed with regular dimensional lumber and framing materials).  Sending less waste to the landfills is obviously better for our environment.

Exceptional indoor air quality and temperature control

When compared to buildings framed with dimensional lumber, Premier’s large SIPs cover greater surfaces with far less gaps in the walls and roofs, to be filled and sealed, offering home and building owners better indoor air quality, reduced infiltration of outside pollutants, smaller HVAC systems needs and superior indoor temperature control.  Premier homes and buildings stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than buildings framed with dimensional lumber. Our SIPS Advantage brochure outlines the science behind these impressive features.


Stand Apart & Sell Faster with Premier SIPS

Customers are changing. They are demanding innovation, customization and they want products that are good for the environment.  Builders and contractors are searching for ways to offer this innovation without rocking the boat…and the bottom line.

Premier SIPs are the ultimate solution for builders and contractors who want to stand apart from the competition.  SIPs significantly reduce installation time (by about 2/3 a typical framing schedule – structures are framed in days instead of weeks), jobsite waste (again about 2/3 less framing waste), and post-construction callbacks.

When you build with Premier SIPs, you can offer a better, greener product to your customers.

See how easy it really is… View installation videos here.

Stronger. Straighter. Greener with SIPs.

Stronger: Premier SIPs are significantly stronger than dimensional stick frame construction. The product strength offers many benefits, including a roof system that eliminates the need for a truss system (imagine reducing your framing schedule by removing the labor and installation time for truss construction!).

Straighter: Large, strong panels arrive to your job-site pre-fabricated per floor plans, saving days and possibly weeks of installation time. These panels are engineered and predictable, unlike stick frame construction. These consistent panels enable you to build straight roofs, walls and floors. Your sub-contractors will love you (flooring, windows, doors, millwork, drywall), the straight walls will save them hours of installation, and the straight wall will also significantly reduce drywall cracking and lower the amount of post-construction call backs you receive.

Greener: It’s the biggest trend out there. Everyone wants to be environmentally responsible, but few lumber products can truly say they are good for the environment. Made from fast growing trees and 100% recyclable EPS foam, Premier’s SIPs create structures that regularly have up to 60% reduction in utility bills. And this is just a glimpse of all the ways Premier SIPs are greener than other framing options.

Cost Comparisons

Builders who start using SIPs don’t turn back. The green, environmental product-features in SIPs are great, but what really makes builders happy is that they can provide a far superior product to their customers while simultaneously saving money. After all, who doesn’t like a bigger bottom line?

Superior SIPs Construction Now Less Than Lumber Framing

With recent price escalation of lumber framing, pre-fabricated (and insulated, sheathed) panels are competitive, making it easy for contractors to deliver a superior product often for less. Learn more about recent case studies of this in our news section.

Comparison to Stick Frame Construction on 2,000 sf Structure. Premier SIPs Structure (roofs, walls & floors)
Overall labor savings Pre-cut panels arrive to the jobsite ready to install, and can save up to 60% on combined labor on overall framing, trim/millwork, window, door and flooring installations.
HVAC system reduction Up to 40% smaller HVAC system
Jobsite waste savings Up to 60% less jobsite framing lumber waste
Reduced call backs Stronger, straighter roofs, walls and floors that don’t bow, warp or bend, and  reduce builder callbacks by up to 50%.
Framing material costs Premier SIPs arrive to the jobsite pre-cut and pre-insulated. The material cost for Premier SIPs (as compared to traditional stick frame lumber and insulation packages) is only about 5% higher in raw good costs. This cost includes floor plan conversion to SIP panel construction.
End Building/Homeowner utility savings Up to 60% savings on energy bills for your customers. Definitely a selling point.
Bottom line SIPs are the superior roof , wall and floor framing product, and are extremely competitive to a builder’s overall budget (compared to stick-frame construction).

Construction Support

Dedicated Project Manager for your SIPs Projects

It’s our job to supply you what you need. To make sure this happens you will have a dedicated Project Manager to answer all of your questions. Your PM will coordinate everything from converting your floor plans to SIPs with our in-house drafting division, to tracking production, shipping and post-construction follow up.  You will have one contact to get the job done.

Regular SIPs Hands-On Training

SIPs are incredibly easy. They are a panelized system that arrives to the jobsite in large sections, ready to be assembled.  We love showing you how easy they are, and have regular half-day training events fin which you can experience the installation of Premier SIPs. A customer recently traveled to one of our plants to train his crew on the construction of a complete house, and while they had scheduled 5 days for training, the complete training house was assembled in one day.

To learn more schedule a web or in person training in your area.

Installation Resources

Guides, videos and details for SIP building envelope installation

Our installation guide is chalked full of everything you need to know about installing SIPs. Access it on the job site or in a pre-construction meeting to answer any questions about best practices that might arise.

Installation Best Practices

For more detailed breakdowns on individual elements of a SIPs installation visit our Installation Tips & Training page. This is chalked full of extra things builders, contractors and installers need to know about building with Premier Structural Insulated Panels.


Installation Videos

Finally, browse through our animated how-to and time-lapse installation videos in our Video Gallery.


Construction Details

Our library of standard Premier SIPs construction details is sorted by General, Floor/Foundation, Wall, Roof,  for you to access any details needed on the job site.



Sustainability starts at the core of everything, and SIPs are no exception. Explore why today’s most innovative builders have been building with SIPs for decades, and why choosing to build with Premier SIPS help builders make an impact for the greater good of our planet and future generations. Learn all of the environmental benefits of Premier SIPS.

We take environmental responsibility seriously; it’s a top-down approach about much more than just our products. See why Premier Building Systems is a true “Green” company.

Builder & Owner Tax Credits

Tax credits & valuable points towards environmental certification

Builders, architects, building owners and homeowners can receive significant tax credits for choosing high performance building products and systems like Structural Insulated Panels. Premier SIPs offer a final product that is established, innovative and environmentally responsible – and good for your bottom line.

Available environmental tax credits and deductions vary by region. Visit for information about tax incentives in your region.

Building Standards & Code Reports

Structural Insulated Panel Systems aren’t your commodity building system, they are exceptional in every way. While most all SIP Systems qualify within the IRC, few manufacturers invest in ICC-ES reports. Premier has invested in our own ICC (International Code Council) reports – which are perhaps the most extensive and robust code reports in the SIPs industry. It’s our way of providing you with the tools to construct buildings with peace of mind knowing that you are providing your customers with a true high performance structure.

Additionally we have more than 50 years of independent testing, and technical bulletins to help break down how you can easily exceed building codes with Premier SIPS  – even in areas as stringent as California (with it’s Title 24 Building Standards.)! Other governing agencies have further developed Building Standards to guide the AEC community to create responsible structures. Our Code Reports further make us compatible with most every Building Standard today (NAHB’s National Green Building Standard, ANSI, etc.)

View Premier’s ICC-ES Code Reports and other building standards