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Amerisips Homes Charleston Custom Home Builder
Oct 162013

image-PanelHouseThe comparison of SIPs to traditional stick-framing methods is simple, And the state of California has recognized it in a state wide law. Their Title 24 legislation, requires all new construction (residential and non-residential) must be zero energy by 2013. Since California is an innovator in energy efficiency, it is very likely that other states will soon follow their lead.

Since government agencies recognize the significant difference in high performance framing methods like SIPs, shouldn’t you? Here is a summary of why SIPs are superior to standard 2×6 R19 construction.


Benefit 2×6 R19 SIPs
Energy Efficiency Baseline 48% More Energy Efficient
Fire Resistance Sticks require one layer of 5/8″ drywall to meet an hourly wall. A one hour fire wall is achieved with a minimum 2 layers of 5/8″ drywall each side of the wall. 4 layers on each side will achieve a 2 hour wall.
R-Value The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has studied and tested the performance of entire wall assemblies in large sections. The resulting whole-wall R-value data reveals that a 4.5″ SIP wall rated at R-14 outperformed a 2″x6″ wall with R-19 fiberglass insulation. We have a 20 year R-Value warranty.PBS SIPs R-Value:
4″ wall 15.0 – 16.0 R-Value
6″ wall 23.0 – 24.0 R-Value
8″ wall 30.0 – 31.0 R-Value
10″ wall 38.0 – 39.0 R-Value
12″ wall 46.0 – 47.0 R-Value
Strength Baseline 20-30% Stronger – The structural characteristics of SIPs are similar to that of a steel I-Beam. The OSB skins act as the flange of the I-beam, while the rigid foam core provides the web. This design gives SIPs an advantage at handling in plane compressive loads. View PBS Load Charts. SIPs can be engineered for most applications.
Seismic Yes, tie downs and additional material/ labor costs required Yes, additional tie downs may be required depending on design methods
Waste Created Baseline 30% less salvageable structural lumber sent to landfills over stick. The EPA estimates that every year we send to landfills a BILLION board feet of “salvageable, structural” lumber. Enough to build more than 62,000 average size new American homes. PBS SIPs are also recyclable and made with a significant amount of recycled content.
Labor Costs Baseline Up to 55% labor savings.
IAQ – Indoor Air Quality Baseline The tightness of the SIP building envelope prevents air from gaining access to the interior of the home except in controlled amounts. A controlled indoor environment is both healthy and comfortable. Humidity can be controlled more easily in a SIP home resulting in a home that is more comfortable for occupants and less prone to mold growth and dust mites.The EPA says that 19% of all American households have at least one member with asthma. They go on to say that four out of ten (40%) of children born in America today will develop some type of respiratory ailment. SIPs build healthier homes and buildings.