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Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...Sips are straight, solid and beautiful Lastly, this generation is seeing a disturbing trend towards more respiratory illnesses, specifically a huge spike in reported cases of asthma. Indoor air quality is something we should spend a bit more time thinking about, and Straw Bale SIPS are big winners in that are...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...SIPS- Structural Insulated Panels SIPS wall panels on a timber frame home © Ecohome Foam SIPS usually consist of a panel made of polystyrene or urethane sandwiched between two sheets of OSB (Oriented Strand Board). While SIPS with a 5.5 inch foam core were considered a high performer less than a decade ago, i...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...SIPS walls (structural insulated panels) , that have an EPS foam insulation core as insulation. So, which home insulation is best? I originally wanted to build with straw, but I was led to believe that in pretty short order it would be a moldy walls full of insects. As it turns out, that’s not necessarily true. I c...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...SIPS - save wood with structural insulated panels A SIP wall is a foam panel with sheathing (usually OSB) glued to each side. The panels themselves are structural, so you avoid needing all the lumber you would find for a typically framed house. Houses insulated with foam still have a bit of a bad rap within the green...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...SIPS construction using straw as insulation here Foam boards: expanded (EPS) vs. extruded (XPS) XPS (Extruded polystyrene) refers to the coloured solid foam panels you most often see on the outside of buildings under construction. It offers a higher density and higher R-value per inch than EPS (expanded polystyrene...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...SIPS panels has diesel fuel in its history from fertilizing, irrigation, harvesting and transportation. And a lifecycle analysis of EPS (expanded polystyrene) insulation is not nearly as a bad as its reputation in some quarters of the green building industry would have us believe - but then a lot of the problem is it's...