Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) - What, Why, How and Who by Lachlan McEwen

Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) are a relatively new method of construction. Popular for some time in the U.S. these panels can be used to build walls, floors and roofs but the terms SIPs describes a sort of hybrid technology. They are a ‘unitised’ building block which fall within the broader category of a ‘sandwich’ panel.

There are many different types of sandwich panels on the market. Typically they’re used in commercial situations like cool-rooms. Until recently in Australia their use in the domestic housing was resigned to prefabricated roofing products like Tridek. However with the increasing demand for high performance housing, sandwich panels & moreover SIPs are increasingly being utilised in the residential sector and this has lead to their uptake in Australia & New Zealand.

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