SIPschool, the Structural Insulated Panel industry’s premier educational facility, is taking SIPs training on the road later this winter. Covering six southern states in January/February 2011, SIPschool’s Southern Tour plans to bring training to builders, designers and homeowners in proper design, installation and systems integration in a SIP build.
Established in 2006 by SIP industry veteran Al Cobb, SIPschool provides training and consulting in all areas of SIP construction and design. “I was frustrated with the general misinformation associated with SIPs,” says Cobb. “I felt the industry needed an unbiased vehicle to promote all types of SIPs, backed with solid, fact-based training. In the last five years we’ve served over 750 students here at our home facility in Shenandoah Junction, WV, and I felt the time was right for SIPschool to take our training on the road.”
The building industry, including the international community, recognizes the potential of SIPs. This interest has coincided with the growing appetite for green building products and energyefficient options. “When training ensures proper design and installation, a SIP envelope can meet all the consumer’s expectations. SIPs provide lower energy costs, reduce our carbon footprint and provide a safer, cleaner, and structurally superior building system,” says Cobb.
Studies done by Oak Ridge National Laboratory show that when the insulating value of a whole wall is measured, SIPs outperform wood framed walls. Air leakage accounts for 25-40 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling a typical home. “Pre-planning in a SIP build is an important part of the process. You need to be considering issues such as proper HVAC sizing, sealing strategies, and electrical issues. The R-value benefits provided by SIPs are significant, but unless you’re installing these panels correctly you might as well leave the windows open,” says Cobb.
SIPschool’s Southern Tour will include classroom instruction for Owner/Builders, hands-on workshops for students who want actual work site experience, and AIA and Building Inspector seminars. Sessions are being sponsored by SIPA manufacturer members including: SIPs Team USA in Georgia and Atlanta January 17-19; General Panel Corporation in Mississippi and Louisiana January 20-24; EH Systems in Texas January 26-28; and Acme Panel in Virginia February 23-24. For more information check SIPschool’s website at www.sipschool.org or call 304-876-8494.