Continuous SIPs Improvement

Continuous improvement requires many steps, always moving forward. Over the 16 years that Thermocore Panel Systems has manufactured structural insulated panels, we covered a lot of ground with our steps. Before I tell you about our latest development, let me share a recap of what’s made Thermocore the SIPs innovation leader.

Years ago, we were the first company to introduce pre-cut/pre-bucked structural insulated panels that speed construction. Thermocore also was the first to integrate electrical boxes and conduit in SIPs based on your custom building plan, making the electrician’s job faster and easier. In 2010, Thermocore patented four-inch R-24 insulated wall panels, the highest R-value to work seamlessly with standard 4 9/16-inch window jambs. Thermocore then pushed the insulation envelope further in introducing 8 1/4-inch R-50 insulated roof panels that maximize energy efficiency without adding bulk to roof structures.

But there’s always more ground to cover with SIPs improvements. Thermocore recently incorporated second-generation polyurethane foam from BASF that’s even more environmentally friendly. This innovative insulating foam allows for flatter, more stable wall and roof panels that make construction easier, quicker, and sturdier. Sure, the new foam is a little more expensive in our custom manufacturing process—but you won’t see any price increases. It’s our investment in customer satisfaction, the environment, and continuous SIPs improvement.

We’ll continue working hard to be good stewards of the environment while bringing the best innovations to the building community.

A Story of SIPs and Construction Efficiency

There’s so much to consider when you design a building. So many opportunities to be efficient–or not.

Here’s what one customer shared about using structural insulated panels: “Thermocore gives us the best thermal resistance values for the square footage and thicknesses we use, which in construction means other efficiencies–the wall thicknesses translate into foundation thicknesses and jam extensions for windows,” said Marty Serena, AIA, principal with Chicago-based Serena Sturm Architects. “The bigger and thicker you get, the more parts and pieces you need from the other trades to compensate. With Thermocore SIPS, we can build a better box quicker and more efficiently.”

Read more about Marty’s experience with Thermocore structural insulated panels here.