Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) are a high performance building system construction projects. The panels consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective. Building with SIPs will can potentially save you time, money and labor.
With long-term health concerns about fiberglass insulation and a need to energy savings, Design Build Planners expects a move toward more use of Structural Insulated Panels for remodeling and new construction as opposed to traditional, stick-framed walls.
SIPs share the same structural properties as an I-beam or I-column. The rigid insulation core of the SIP acts as a web, while the sheathing fulfills the function of the flanges. SIPs combine several components of conventional building and thus can be used for many different applications, such as exterior wall, roof, floor and foundation systems.
Here is an informative video on Structural Insulated Panels: SIP Video
Below are some pictures of SIPs.