It doesn’t take a panel of judges to recognise the benefits of SIP’s
Cameron Butcher have for many years been a great advocate of using Structural Insulated Panels or SIP’s as part of the building process and recently we had the opportunity to supply and build a new teaching block to a primary a school in Birmingham, West Midlands using this method.
As builders we frequently get involved at the design stage and recognise it’s not a widely known method of construction. As the benefits are numerous, we thought it would be a great idea to “Ask an expert” and we are happy to introduce Les Crossley, SIP suppliers and Manufacturers, about his company and what they do.
A: Les Crossley – Production Director for Supersips Ltd.
Q: How long have you been involved with SuperSips Ltd?
Q: Tell me about the company
A: Super SIPs Ltd was incorporated 5th July 2011 by two partners Mr L Crossley & Mr P G Clamp, both with a substantial amount of knowledge in the construction industry and in particular the use of SIPs in construction. Between us we have 60 years combined knowledge and have experienced most things in the building industry.
Our current premises give us 7500sq ft main workshop which houses the pressure moulding plant and machine shop. There is also a further 2500sq ft workshop for fabrication situated on a 3 ¼ acre site giving us sufficient space and flexibility to increase manufacturing and to accommodate the expansion anticipated by the industry.
As suppliers we are an expanding and progressive company. With the current changes in legislation high lighting fabric first (insulation), our key driving point’s i.e. thermal performance & air-tightness of the building and, our Flexible approach, make us ideally suited to supply the rapidly changing market with modern building materials, both now and in the future.
Q: Briefly – What is a SIP’s Panel?
A: A SIP Panel, or Structural Insulated Panel is a composite panel comprised of outer skins of structural OSB3 boards (Oriented Strand Board) that are cohesively Bonded with Polyurethane Foam, to provide an Insulated Structural Panel.
Q: Briefly – How are SIPs panels manufactured?
A: Panels are formed within a mould system which maintains the separation of the outer OSB3skins whilst two component Polyurethane Foam is injected and allowed to cure forming a solid panel of known density and thermal performance.
Q: How are SIPs panels used in the construction process?
A: SIP Panels are structural and therefore allow the complete building to be constructed using them. External & internal finishes are added to create the aesthetic appearance required i.e. brick or render on the outside and plasterboard on the inside.
Q: What are the advantages of using SIPs panels over traditional building methods
A: When SIP’s are used to form the fabric of the building, the panels provide improved thermal performance and the connections between panels provide improved air-tightness. Both thermal performance and air-tightness are central to the delivery of energy efficient buildings.
SIPs introduce a number of further benefits in construction i.e. simplicity, speed and savings in other areas:
SIPs provide a relatively simple build-by-numbers approach to construction, where the speed of erecting a 4’ wide x 8’ high wall section introduces savings in both time and less waste.
There are also savings in other areas too where follow-on trades find it quicker and easier to work on a SIP’s constructed building. This is largely due to the ease of which fixings can be made directly into the OSB3 board which requires no heavy drills or components.
Q: Tell me about your SIPs Panel, why is it different to others on the market!
A: SuperSips Panels are injected with Polyurethane Foam, which has a better thermal performance than most insulation boards used in production of laminated panels. In addition, the cohesive bonding of the foam to the inside faces of the outer skins produces a far stronger panel.
A: But homes built with modern techniques will save their occupants nearly £50,000 on energy bills over 25 years compared to traditional houses according to new research.
Q: Is passive housing possible with SIPs
A: Passiv Haus is easier to achieve with SIPs because of the improved thermal performance and air-tightness, but Passiv Haus requires attention to detail in so many other areas, not only Building Fabric.
Q: How do people get in touch with you?
A: We can be contacted on 01473 736023 or further details can be found on our website
A wealth of information is available via our Dropbox Page.
If you’d like to investigate how a SIP’s based building can help you, or if you are looking for SIP installers call us on 0845 900 5762.