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Post: #154049 Annpan
Sun May 17, 2009 7:43 pm

ie. Structural Insulation Panels

Has anyone got any advice, experience or thoughts on these?

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Post: #154074 The Riff-Raff Element
Mon May 18, 2009 6:55 am

Annpan wrote:ie. Structural Insulation Panels

Has anyone got any advice, experience or thoughts on these?

I'll explain later :cooldude:


International woman of mystery... I don't even know what they are. Sorry.

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Post: #154075 Annpan
Mon May 18, 2009 7:36 am

They are large panels (up to 4.3m x 1.5m or there abouts) for construction.

In general they are a very strong insulating material (expanded polystyrene) sandwiched between boards of OSB, like the boarding they use on roofs. They are the inner boarding (ready for plasterboard) an outer board (ready for rendering) and insulation all in one.

The panels are fabricated to order, then craned into position on the site. They negate the need for a separate frame to build around.


From a greeny point of view...
We have found a company that manufacture the panels about 60 miles away.
Because the boards include high performing insulation it is easier to add further insulation on the inside or outside, if you want to (some times you have to rely on the u-values of outr coatings and inner building materials to boost your insulation)
The wood is made from forest waste material, from forest management practices... and apparently is soil association approved :mrgreen:
The insulation material is up to 98% air, and also manufactured on site 60 miles away.
Build time is greatly reduced, (saving energy, transport costs and cost associated with living away from home) panels can be fitted in place in a matter of days, with local trades (or indeed us) completing the inside and outer finishes.


We don't yet know if our extension can be built using the technique, but we are possitive. We think it would be ideal for us as our kitchen and bathroom will be demolished at the beginning of the building work and we don't have anywhere else to live (sounds fun huh?) So a quick turn around would be ideal.
Where we are, we get weeks of rain on end, which would halt any normal building work. From what I understand these panels can be installed in less favorable conditions (ie, maybe drizzle or lower temps)

Heres the wiki page if you want to read more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structural_insulated_panel
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Re: SIPs

Post: #154103 Millymollymandy
Mon May 18, 2009 11:10 am

I think my last house built in the 70s was made with something like that - I was told it was a kind of kit house which later on they added an extra external 'skin' to, which was crepi'd (a sort of horrendous French render with a nasty rough pebble dash effect which is sprayed on).

Anyway the downside is that is is hard to run electric cables and plumbing through these panels - our old electrician used to curse them and had to chase the walls thru the plasterboard rather than just making a few holes and then running the cables behind thru empty space like he'd normally do. However he did say the insulation properties (ours had a kind of stuff made from clinker!) was absolutely amazing and top of the range. We did have a toasty warm house given where we lived near Geneva and no draughts. That's why I was so ruddy cold when I first moved to this ancient draughty house with very little insulation yet much milder winters! :lol:
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Post: #154110 Annpan
Mon May 18, 2009 11:54 am

Yes, we had realised that about the electric cables... I haven't spoken enough to the folks that make the panels but I would hope there is a relatively simple solution, like attaching plaster board to battons to create a space behind.

We haven't decided yet what we are going to make our internal walls out of, but we will possibly have most wiring in them? maybe?... haven't thought about it enough yet, obviously. :mrgreen:
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Re: SIPs

Post: #154116 Millymollymandy
Mon May 18, 2009 12:19 pm

I'm sure there is a solution when it is a new build/extension, but the work we had done was renovation type stuff that was obviously a long time after the house was constructed.
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