Charleston-based Amerisips Homes (amerisips.com) plans to open a manufacturing facility in Mount
Pleasant to produce parts needed to build its homes. Amerisips Homes designs, manufactures and builds energy-efficient homes (http://amerisips.com/lifestyle-freeenergy-living/) . Currently, the company has roughly 20 homes finished or under construction in the Charleston area with plans to break into the commercial market as well.
The new factory will produce the Amerisips-designed panels (http://amerisips.com/lifestyle-free-energy-living/) to build its homes. The structural insulated panel systems, or SIPS, are thick chunks of foam wedged between slabs of wood or fire-proof concrete.
The panel system is designed to be airtight, cutting down on energy bills and improving air quality in the home, Amerisips Chairman Steve Bostick said. The factory would produce enough panels to build a roughly 2,500-square-foot home in four to five hours, Bostick said. “This factory would enable us to build our systems in-house,” Bostick said. “It will enable us to decrease the costs of our homes, while increasing both the number that we can build and the speed that we can build them in market.” The deal is still being finalized and the exact location or employee count was not disclosed. The facility would produce panels, interior components and parts for roofing and decks.
Amerisips builds energy-efficient homes with its structural insulated panel systems, solar panels, air-to-water heat pumps and ventilation systems. The homes are currently selling for around $500,000 with an average of $25 spent in electricity bills during the
summer months, Bostick said. He hopes the factory will lower the homes’ price to the $300,000s range and up.
Bostic co-owns Amerisips with his wife, Tina. All Amerisips homes are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Homes and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor airPLUS programs.
*as printed in the Charleston Regional Business Journal on July 3, 2013 by Liz Segrist