Why You Should Construct Your Building with Structural Insulated Panels

Whether you are putting up an industrial building or a commercial building, as the owner, you need to find the best materials available to build a strong and sustainable structure. This is why you should have insulated panels put in for your roofs and walls.

Structural insulated panels are made from foam insulation placed between two sheets of oriented plywood or fibre cement panels. This gives them certain advantages to traditional stick framing, such as the following:

Energy efficiency

If you want an energy-efficient building, then you need to pay attention to the quality of your insulation. Structural insulated panels have been shown to result in up to 50% energy savings in a building due to the foam insulation they have. On the other hand, the conventional stick framing has been shown to be vulnerable to thermal bridging, i.e., when part of the wall or roof of a building loses more heat than other parts, thereby causing a reduction in the insulation capacity of the building. This means that with an insulated panels installation you will save money on heating and cooling costs.

The panels also require less energy and materials during production when compared to conventional building techniques. The expanded polystyrene (EPS) and oriented strand board (OSB), which are the primary components of the panels, are made in the most resource-conscious methods. OSB is made from young, underutilized trees to counter deforestation, while EPS can be recycled to make new EPS products. In addition, EPS, the insulating foam at the core of the panels, is made of 98% air, making structural insulated panels one the most resource-efficient building materials.

Saves on Time

The normal construction process will require framing, sheathing and insulation to be done at separate times. This means that you will be required to pay for labour and materials for all these processes and wait for each of them to be completed before the next process can start.

This is not the case with structural insulated panels. Due to its fabrication, you will have all of these three processes completed in one single product, meaning that all time taken to frame, sheath, then insulate the building will be cut down to one single process. This means you will save both time and money on the construction process since labour hours and material requirements have been drastically reduced.

Improved indoor experience

There are two main ways that structural insulated panels improve the quality of the living experience indoors:

  • Improve the air quality—They provide an airtight building that only allows air in through the controlled ventilation passages. This means that the quality of indoor air is greatly improved since there are no harmful contaminants or allergens coming into the home.
  • Reduce noise transfer—The insulation in the panels reduces the noise transfer between rooms and floors, as well as the noise coming from outside. This makes each room quieter and more peaceful.