There are several different ways to build a house, each having their own advantages and disadvantages. The most common approach is called ‘stick-built’, which refers to the 2x dimensional lumber used to construct a wall. Stick-built walls, which are comprised of the dimensional lumber, sheathing, and insulation, are normally assembled at the location of the structure being built. An alternative approach to building residential and light commercial structures are called SIPs (or what are sometimes referred to as tiny house SIP panels).

SIPs (Structurally Insulated Panels) are a wall system that consists of an insulating foam core, sandwiched between two pieces of sheathing. SIP’s are built in a factory and only assembled at the build site.

The main advantage to using SIP’s is their high energy efficiency. By eliminating most of the wood from the wall panel, which is not a good insulator, SIP’s have more room for insulation. The foam insulation used in SIP’s also has one of the highest R-Values (the measure of insulation’s effectiveness) of the available insulation materials. This combination results in a highly energy efficient wall system.

Because SIP panels are not constructed on the job site, they require less work to assemble. The panels come in different sizes based on the house design, but need only to be attached to each other to complete a wall. This can make the building of the exterior walls and roof to go very quickly. Of course, while the assembly time is quicker, the time to obtain the materials is longer (listed as a disadvantage later). However, with proper planning, SIP manufacturing time can overlap trailer manufacturing time, thus adding no additional time to your schedule.

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