SIPS / Discussions

Can I use straw bale sips on the exterior of a shipping container home?

...SIPs on the outside of a shipping container home, but I’m not sure it is your best use of your money or resources. The thing is – SIPS stands for Structural Ins...

Posted by Chelsea Teresak Nov. 28, 2020, 9:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Are straw bale SIPS being made and sold in Canada? Are they accepted?

...SIPs, and there was one Ontario company producing Straw bale SIPs has since stopped. We aren’t sure if anyone else has started producing them unfortunately. Tha...

Posted by Martin Stone May 29, 2021, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What do you think about SIP framing system?

I want to save money on my build so I am considering slab on grade 2 story rather than the allowable 2 1/2 story with SIPS. Most of the builders I've talked ar...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

...SIPs is certainly a possibility, But SIPs usually come with OSB on either side, which may not be necessary. A product that may actually fit your purpose is Ther...

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...SIPS (structural insulated panels) usually made of rigid EPS (expanded polystyrene) panels . There are also companies that will take your building plans and cre...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...SIPS. There was a Canadian supplier we knew of that has gone belly up we have heard, but they are still being built in the UK and apparently have a pretty good ...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

What ext. wall assembly is recommend for a timber frame house (heavy timber)?

The building will be in U.S. climate zone 4. 60 inches of annual rain. Hot and very dry summers. Since it is wildfire prone, fire resistance is needed. Simple ...

Posted by Heath Jarrett March 10, 2020, 11:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can we make a well insulated timber frame home?

...SIPs (structural insulated panels), which can be fastened to the outside of the frame. A SIP wall would offer a seamless envelope of insulation, and if you tape...

Posted by Jeremy Sewall Feb. 18, 2021, 1:47 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

I have seen your recommendation for the Legalett concrete slab technology, but I wonder how their wall-insulation system compares to the wall systems that you ...

Posted by Igal H Aug. 19, 2020, 3:52 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

What is the best exterior Wall and Roof Rigid Insulation for a barn renovation?

Building a 24 X 50 Post and Beam barn. Thinking of applying 2 layers of 4 " (8" total) of rigid insulaton, offset seams on top of 1 X 8 sheathing. Seams of top...

Posted by Ron Busch June 27, 2020, 3:50 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

I want a 2 bedroom prefab house on land in Towson. How much?

...SIPs, ICFs, berm, log cabins, and even straw bales, and I still contend that panelized and pre-fabs have a poor reputation for a very well deserved reason, but ...

Posted by Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe March 12, 2021, 6:02 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

Is it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

We have a cabin in the Bershires of Massachusetts ceilings and floor have been insulated, dense pack celluose in ceilings 4 in Amivic graphite EPS under floors...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses