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.

Why My Winter Coat Reminds Me of SIPs

As summer swiftly fades into the rearview mirror and fall begins the pre-game to winter, we all start what I call “closet turnover.” What was once our staple of short-sleeve shirts and shorts moves to the holding pen until the warmth of summer returns.

As I go through my winter wardrobe, it occurs to me how high-tech clothing has made the winter months so much easier and more enjoyable. Gone is cotton and wool outerwear, replaced by Gor-Tex® and Polar Fleece. High-tech fibers allow for much thinner fabrics that resist cold and moisture. Winter clothes feel warmer and more lightweight. Once fringe names like North Face® are now the staple in winter clothing. They’re not the cheapest, but we prefer them because they achieve the one thing we all desire more than anything in winter–warmth–and they do it without the bulk of clothing of the past.

In essence, that’s what structural insulated panels and Thermocore do. SIPs provide the high-tech Polar Fleece and Gor-Tex® wrap for your house–and more importantly, for you. You can settle for 1950s construction technology. But would you settle for outdated technology in a new coat? Will the gear that kept you warm in 1950 provide the same level of comfort as today’s fabrics? Think about it. Ask your builder as he stands in front of you in a high-tech fabric coat: How are you going to keep my family warm? 1950s or 2012?

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.