Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) in Southern California

Energy savings in Southern California for the long haul

Not many states in the US take energy conservation and efficiency as seriously as California. This is why Premier SIPS has been working with builders and architects here since the 1970s. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are appreciated by builders, designers, building owners, and homeowners alike primarily due to their energy efficiency. But SIP’s better indoor air quality (IAQ) for occupants and reduced construction waste will also leave you feeling proud the sustainable features your building project contributed to the Southern California region.

Building with SIPs is the easiest framing method to meet or exceed building code requirements for air infiltration, R-values, continuous insulation, as well as the standards of high-performance energy enclosures. When compared to outdated site framed construction, SIPs truly deliver a superior building envelope. Specifically in California, SIPS are the only non-cement building envelope system approved for Title 24 compliance.  Proven to go up 50% faster than stick framing, the panels are manufactured under factory-controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design. The nature of the large panels, custom made to each floor plan, install in days instead of weeks enabling builders to combat skilled labor shortages. 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 insulated core of rigid expanded polystyrene (EPS) or GPS (graphite polystyrene) engineered insulation
  • Two sheets of structural grade oriented strand board (OSB), laminated to either side of the insulation core
  • A structural adhesive bonding the components above together.

This engineered system creates extremely strong insulated roof, wall and floor panels that needs no additional frame or skeleton for support.


Design better, high performing commercial and residential buildings with Premier SIPS

SIPs are a great fit for commercial builders and developers, especially those with revenue generating properties. Structural Insulated Panels are well-insulated and virtually airtight, which help a commercial building reduce maintenance and operational heating and cooling utility costs, while delivering increased comfort and a healthier, safer (resistant to fungal decay, less dust mites, reduced pollutants, and allergens impacting health) indoor environment for building occupants. As a builder, one of the primary objectives is to occupy the building as quickly as possible, and a SIP building can be assembled very quickly – much faster than a conventionally built structure – saving valuable time and construction loan costs prior to building occupancy.

When it comes to home designs, Mediterranean flowing floor plans with soaring cathedral ceilings are very popular in Southern California. These open floor plans allow for easy flow between the dining, kitchen and living room. Thankfully, SIPs are manufactured in sections up to 8’ x 24’, making them ideal to use with high wall and ceiling designs. SIP roofs can typically span across the open areas and cantilever creating overhangs, while eliminating the need for trusses or more framing.

These long spans also help on the commercial side translating into fewer columns, posts, and beams, which are typically required for structural support. Larger SIPs can be used (Jumbo Panels) to cover more area per piece, requiring less hardware to be used (nails, panel screws, straps, etc.). What’s more, the panels reduce the time it takes to build a structure.


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