residential development guide for home extensions and new dwellings 



KINGSPAN OFF-SITE - Building Materials and Architectural Building Products

The Kingspan TEKregistered Building System comprises Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) connected with a unique jointing system for walls and roofs, intermediate floors using I-beams or open web joists.

The Kingspan TEKregistered Building System SIPs consist of a high performance insulation core, with zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP), sandwiched between two layers of Oriented Strand Board type 3 (OSB/3). During manufacture, the insulation core of Kingspan TEK Building System SIPs is autohesively bonded to the OSB/3 facings. This process provides a more reliable and superior adhesion than the traditional secondary bonding process.

Most home extensions requiring planning permission will probably benefit from using their products during the build for a non-traditional approach to construction methods.  Many Architects or House Extension Designers can incorporate their products within the scheme design drawings and specifications.

The following article may be of interest for homeowners researching this type of building product for inclusion within their own house extension scheme.

Understand SIP Components, Benefits, and Costs

SIPs stand for Structural Insulated Panels. This is a panel construction system and is an alternative to conventional stick frame construction. SIPs are ideal for all types of residential and commercial buildings.

What are the Components of SIPs?
SIPs are made from engineered wood facings laminated with structural grade adhesives to a foam core insulation such as expanded polystyrene rigid insulation. This composite forms an insulated sandwich panel for walls, floors, and ceilings that is extremely strong.

What Are the Benefits of using SIPs over Stick Frame methods?
There are many reasons why Structural Insulated Panels are a preferred method of construction:

1. Comfort: When a structure is built with SIPs, it creates an interior environment that blocks wind and moisture, is very quiet, clean, and that contributes to superior comfort.

2. Strength: SIPs are a strong method of construction and can outperform conventional methods in both structural testing and real world high winds and earthquakes.

3. Construction Speed: SIPs are a faster method of construction because they reduce framing time by as much as 50% percent compared to conventional stick frame methods.

4. Energy Efficiency: When building with SIPs, insulation is an integral part of the building resulting in a more air-tight structure that reduces energy consumption.

5. Green Building: SIPs reduce their impact on the environment by using component materials that are earth friendly.

What is the cost of SIP construction versus stick frame construction?
The cost of any structure will greatly vary based on the design. However, when comparing the same structure, SIPs offset material costs through labor savings. Because SIPs are more energy efficient, the structure will produce significant savings over the life of the structure by lowering utility costs.

Do SIPs meet local and national building code requirements?
Yes. Structural Insulated Panels have been tested extensively by nationally recognized organizations such as the International Code Council Evaluation Service. SIPs comply with the fire and structural regulations of the International Building and Residential Codes.

SIPs are a green method of construction.
Building with SIPs can help meet many national green building programs like the USGBC LEED rating system, NAHB Green Building Program, and Energy Star programs to name a few. When you build with SIPs you are getting many built-in environmental benefits. SIPs are made from renewable wood resources and the expanded polystyrene insulation contains no HCFs, CFCs, and HCFCs and the life cycle analysis of SIPs shows a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.