SIPs, or structural insulated panels are a building system created for residential and light commercial construction. These panels consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings which are typically oriented strand board (OSB). SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design. The panels can be pre-cut and custom fabricated, and are quickly assembled on-site to form virtually any wall or roof configuration. This results in a house that is strong, energy efficient and cost effective.
SIPs generally cost the same as typical wood frame construction when labor costs and building waste is factored in. The cost lowers even more because smaller heating and cooling systems are required with SIP construction.
So, SIPs are a great option when building your Cozy Home. By combining three stages of conventional shell construction – framing, sheathing and insulation – into a single unit, a SIP home can be erected much faster, with less specialized labor. First time home builders with minimal construction experience and only a crew of two can build a small or tiny home with smaller panels. This means lower labor and supply expenses and quicker occupancy, allowing you to move into your Cozy Home more quickly.
In fact, Cozy Home Plans has future plans to create SIP kits from a few of the smaller home plans. So stay tuned for more information on Cozy Home Plans and the use of SIPs.