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A Big Partnership for Tiny Homes

While many builders are pondering over whether there is really enough serious money in tiny houses to warrant jumping into the market, one company in Salida, Colorado, is forging ahead. In a press release, Sprout Tiny Homes (OTC PK:STHI), announced its collaboration and partnership with WeeCasa, known as the world’s largest...

Post frame or SIPs? Minnesota brothers have both

To the Stevermer brothers near Wells, Minnesota, buildings are a lot like potato chips: you can’t have just one. They now have six newer buildings, but each one is uniquely built to fit its function. Their similarity is the builder, Denny Morgan, Morgan Builders of Wells. As a dealer for Energy...

Announcing the 2015 SIPA Building Excellence Award Winners

The 13th Annual Structural Insulated Panel Association Building Excellence Awards were announced during the association’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Winning submissions demonstrated exceptional performance in quantifiable energy efficiency using structural insulated panels (SIPs); design and structural engineering innovation; creative use of SIP construction; and environmental sustainability. The...

2014 SIPA Building Excellence Awards

Eight homes and commercial buildings built with structural insulated panels (SIPs) were recognized for their innovation and environmental sustainability during the 2014 Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Building Excellence Awards ceremony, April 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The annual competition selects the top SIP projects in eight categories, covering single family...

Energy Panel Structures completes purchase of Fingerlakes Construction

Fingerlakes Construction Company Inc. of Clyde, N.Y., has been sold to Energy Panel Structures Inc. of Graettinger, Iowa. The Fingerlakes manufacturing division and personnel will remain in Clyde with plans to add the broad line of EPS products to enhance the growth of the facility. Fingerlakes Construction Company was started in...

Energy efficiency, sustainability focus of upcoming SIPA conference

Hundreds of builders, architects and other building industry professionals will gather at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona for the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Annual Meeting & Conference, April 2–4, 2013. The annual industry event offers training and education on sustainable construction with structural insulated panels (SIPs), a...

SIPs under scrutiny: SIPA, USDA lab sponsors aspect ratio testing

Structural Insulated Panel Association will sponsor aspect ratio testing on shear walls built with structural insulated panels. Funded by both SIPA and the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, the testing aims to determine the allowable wall height to width ratio for SIP shear walls in high wind or seismic regions. Currently, design...

NAHB Research Center partners with SIPA

The Structural Insulated Panel Association will join the NAHB Research Center and a team of remodeling contractors to research cost-effective solutions for residential energy efficiency improvements in New York State.  The NAHB Research Center was selected to receive a $300,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s...

Constructing energy-efficient buildings with SIPs is fast and simple

By Bim Fischer If structural insulated panels (SIPs) grew in the forest as trees do, it’s likely stick framing never would have taken off. Given a choice between installing large section SIP walls, roofs and floors at one time versus time-consuming cutting and nailing of hundreds of individual boards, people historically...