A build­ing sys­tem for the 21st cen­tury

Struc­tural In­su­lated Panel Sys­tems (SIPs) are pre­fab­ri­cated build­ing sys­tems with many ad­van­tages - they are en­ergy ef­fi­cient, quick to con­struct, ro­bust, ver­sa­tile and man­u­fac­tured to high qual­ity stan­dards.

The Oban Times - - SELF BUILD & RENOVATION -

SIPs are light­weight build­ing pan­els that com­bine two high-den­sity fac­ings bonded to ei­ther side of a low den­sity poly­meric core. Typ­i­cal ma­te­ri­als in­clude Ori­ented Strand board (OSB) or Ce­ment Bonded Par­ti­cle­board (CPB) for the fac­ings, and foamed polyurethane (PUR) or Ex­panded Poly­styrene (EPS) for the core. In the UK these pan­els are pre­dom­i­nantly used as in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal walls in dwelling and light-in­dus­trial con­struc­tion of up to three storeys. In some ap­pli­ca­tions the pan­els are also used for the roof­ing struc­ture. The build­ing sys­tem was first in­tro­duced in the US in the 1950s, and to­day SIPs are es­tab­lished in hous­ing con­struc­tion as main load­bear­ing mem­bers through­out the build­ing, i.e. as floors, roofs and walls (in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal). Struc­tural In­su­lated Pan­els are en­abling tech­nol­ogy to meet the Ar­chi­tec­ture 2030 Chal­lenge for 100 per­cent en­ergy ef­fi­cient build­ings. Many chain ho­tels and restau­rants are now only build­ing with SIPs due to en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency and speed of con­struc­tion, with an over­all lower cost and un­skilled labour mar­ket. Also, many states and cities are start­ing to re­quire homes and builders to get closer to net zero en­ergy build­ings. This is good news for SIP build­ing en­velopes, since they are about 50 per cent more en­ergy-ef­fi­cient.

Kit home facts

The grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of pre­fab­ri­cated hous­ing, es­pe­cially among thir­tysome­things, demon­strates that pre­fab hous­ing could be a fu­ture al­ter­na­tive to bricks and mor­tar.

Three out of 10 peo­ple in the UK would con­sider buy­ing a pre­fab­ri­cated or self­build home with, young peo­ple aged 34 and un­der the most likely age group to do so.

Peo­ple liv­ing in rented ac­com­mo­da­tion see pre­fab or self-build as a way onto the prop­erty lad­der, with 33% say­ing they would con­sider it.

The UK con­tin­ues to have one of the low­est rates of self build­ing - around 10 per cent of new pri­vate sec­tor house-build­ing, com­pared to coun­tries such as Aus­tria, Bel­gium, Italy and Swe­den where self build rates are above 65 per cent. How­ever, the last few years have seen a great deal of ac­tiv­ity in the self-build sec­tor through Gov­ern­ment in­cen­tives and greater me­dia ex­po­sure, and an im­prove­ment in the gen­eral econ­omy has also helped the mar­ket in­crease in value. Prod­uct sys­tems in the self-build mar­ket are a mix of tim­ber frame and tra­di­tional meth­ods, with kits con­tin­u­ing to rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant share of the self-build sec­tor.

Let’s go to the Home­build­ing & Ren­o­vat­ing Show

The Scot­tish Home­build­ing & Ren­o­vat­ing Show in Ed­in­burgh at RHC Oc­to­ber 21-22 is the go-to ex­hi­bi­tion for self builders and ren­o­va­tors. No mat­ter what stage your project is at, there will be ses­sions, ex­perts and ex­hibitors at the show to help bring your project to life. From tai­lored ad­vice from home­build­ing and ren­o­vat­ing ex­perts to dis­plays of thou­sands of the lat­est in­no­va­tions, tech­nolo­gies and prod­ucts, this is a great place to start your self build jour­ney. Visit http://ed­in­burgh.home­build­ing­show.co.uk/ for tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion.

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