05:13PM | 01/05/03
Member Since: 01/04/03
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I am getting plans in motion to build a home and stumbled on structural insulated pannels as a possible building method. What, if any are the pros and cons of SIP's vs. traditional stick build homes?


06:04AM | 01/21/03
Member Since: 01/20/03
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Hi BT,

I work as an assistant architect and just had a recent education of SIP's. As far as I can tell they are a really great product. They cut down on construction time. They have a higher insulating (R-value) rating than a wood stud wall. In fact a 4" SIP has a higher R-value than a 6" wood stud wall. They have pre-drilled holes in them for electrical wiring, which is truly an electrician's dream (no more "fishing"). You can even build your roof out of SIP's.

I would recommend you go to this web-site which has a lot of information and request a literature packet.

I live in the Buffalo, NY area. If you live in this vicinity, Thermalfoams has offices in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, NY. The representative that I spoke with was great and so helpful. If you live elsewhere I am sure the web-site can direct you to a local rep.

Good Luck,



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