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.

Investing vs. Spending (or SIPs vs. Conventional Framing)

A friend recently told me a story about helping his son buy a car. His son had little money or credit history and thought the best way to get a loan would be through his dad. My friend agreed to loan his son the money for a three-year term, and figured that buying a cheap car would make it easier for his son to pay him back. The car lasted one year.

That put them back in the same situation, buying another car. This time my friend approached the purchase much differently. He viewed the car as an investment, rather than something to just spend money on. In the tradition of “you get what you pay for,” he’d learned that value is not determined in one day of shopping, but rather over the life of the product.

The same principle applies when comparing structural insulated panels like Thermocore to conventional stick-frame construction. One is just “spending money” while the other provides an investment with a clear payback in energy cost savings. Those who invest wisely in life always seem to come out ahead. When you build a new home, think about ways to invest—rather than just spend—your money.