SIPs and Global Warming

The Federal Government just put forth another round of global warming information. Did you read it? Do you care? Most people say they do care. Unfortunately, most people’s actions say they don’t care.

We now live in a world where it’s possible to get 40 miles per gallon in our cars and consume 1/3 less energy in our buildings. But both options take an upfront investment—something most people aren’t doing, despite the long-term savings.

No one says they want their children to inherit a world that’s warmer and more polluted. However, without action, the experts agree that’s where we’re headed. If that does become the future, how will later generations view us? We recognize the problem but are unwilling to take steps to correct it.

I’m much better at asking questions (the easy part) than providing answers (the hard part)—until it comes to building. Structural insulated panels are a significant answer to much of the global warming process. Surely too bold a statement. Until you consider this:

  • SIPs use OSB instead of studs for structure, meaning up to 35% less lumber with SIPs vs. stick framing. Leave the trees in the ground where they do the most good at protecting the Earth and our future!
  • Buildings with structural insulated panels use less energy than stick-framed structures. Period. No debate. More SIPs equals less energy used.

Structural insulated panels can and will reduce global warming…as long as you choose to build with them.

SIPs on Video

Seeing is believing, so click on the links below to explore the Thermocore difference:

  • Click here to watch Thermocore’s manufacturing process, including the electronic equipment and human care that prepares the SIPs to your specifications, and the infrared testing that ensures each insulated panel performs as promised.
  • Click here to see a time-lapse video of Thermocore SIPs installed on a net-zero project in Indiana.

When Is a SIP Not a SIP?

“Often imitated but never duplicated” is a phrase that has been muttered for years. When it applies to building panels, with products like eSIPs, in a way I’m glad.

Why am I glad about half-hearted imitations of true SIPs?  Well, for one, it shows that SIPs are worth trying to emulate. It’s proof that they’re finally gaining recognition for their superior thermal performance and for being a true advancement over stick framing.

Unfortunately, imitators are usually nothing more than that…never reaching the performance level of the original. (Think tribute band.) While there’s a certain novelty in product imitations, the phrase “you get what you pay for” generally applies. According to the Structural Insulated Panel Association, SIPs consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB). No studs, so no air leaks. Any variation is just that: an alteration of the original.

If you want the best energy-saving performance, only true SIP panels deliver. Anything else is just seconds.