Conserving Natural Resources
SIPs are purposely produced from products that are made from recyled content to help conserve our natural resources:
|• OSB (Oriented Strand Board) – OSB is used as the exterior
skins of a SIP. OSB is produced from a wide range of fastgrowing
species specifically harvested for OSB production. The production
process for OSB is highly automated so the yield of finished product
is very high. FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified OSB is
available by request
.• Insulating Foam – The expanded polystyrene that is sandwiched between the two OSB skins is manufactured using heat and steam and contains no chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) or formaldehyde and is 100% recyclable
|• Adhesives – The adhesives used in the manufacturing of
our SIPs are urethanes and are entirely non-toxic
• Mastic – We have two types of mastic. A standard mastic and a low VOC option. Both are EPA-approved and non-toxic.
Chemicals and Offgassing –
There are minimal amounts of chemicals and offgassing released into the environment from Premier SIPs. The OSB skins on SIPs have trace amounts of naturally occurring formaldehyde found in the adhesive used to bond the OSB chips.
According to the APA these small amounts
of phenol formaldehyde do not release significan amounts of formaldehyde
into the environment.
Tests from the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory found that the trace amounts of formaldehyde were so small they were difficult to measure and were consistently well below 0.1 parts per million (ppm).
To help put this in perspective, the amount of formaldehyde in the OSB used in SIPs products is comparable to the same level that naturally occurs in an apple or an onion. For more information on formaldehyde, visit www.apawood.org
Superior Energy Conservation
While builders gain from using fewer natural resources in the construction process, it’s the homeowner who really benefits. Studies have been conducted in both hot and cold climates and have shown that homeowners living in homes constructed of SIPs save between 40% and 60% on their heating/cooling costs. Paired with solar energy options, a SIP home may get very close to a zero energy home.
Better Indoor Air Quality
The insulating properties of SIPs offer homeowners a tight home with very few places for energy to escape and for unhealthy airborne substances to enter. SIPs are manufactured in sizes ranging from 4–12” thick and up to 24’ in width. These SIPs are manufactured in a controlled environment and shipped directly to the job site. SIPs can be used for the entire building envelope. When compared to stick frame construction (where pieces of lumber are spaced 16” to 24” apart) The SIP pre-insulated panels have very few gaps, providing a more consistent interior home climate while reducing air conditioning and heating bills.
LEED & NAHB GBCThere are so many environmental terms floating around: green, environmentally responsible, sustainable, energy efficient and natural resources. To better qualify building products as “environmentally responsible” there are two key rating systems in the industry. Both programs enable buildings to earn points based on environmental criteria. The LEED (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
52-69 total points
33-38 total points
39-51 total points
26-32 total points
Up to 23 points may be earned for using SIPs in construction.
When a building is LEED rated and certified it can qualify for substantial tax credits, depending on the
certification earned. Specific tax credit information varies by region.
For additional information visit www.leedbuilding.org Please note the point values are for informational purposes only. Every home must be evaluated by a LEED Certified Accredited Professional to accurately measure LEED certifications.
Total Possible Energy Efficiency
(Prescriptive) Points w/PBS SIPs 34
Total Possible IEQ Points w/PBS SIPs 38
NAHB GBG Required Resource Efficiency Points
Required Energy Efficiency Points
Required Indoor Environmental
Quality (IEQ) Points
For additional information on the Green Building Guidelines visit NAHB’s website: www.nahb.org. LEED NAHB GBG