Lately, we have seen a slight shift from custom-built timber frame buildings towards Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) constructions. We have mentioned several times previously that garden rooms have surged in popularity over the last year due to Covid-19 increasing the need for people to work from home. Apart from the benefits of SIPS panels which we have laid out here – benefits of SIPS panels – SIPs have many other benefits over using timber frames which are:
Strength of Build
SIPS are generally a light building material like timber frame. But once completed a SIPs structure forms a monolithic shell which is up to seven times stronger than a conventional timber frame building. SIPS buildings are capable of withstanding extreme climate and weather conditions.
In a comparative test conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (a science and technology national laboratory run by the United States Department of Energy) researchers came to the conclusion that between two identical 240 m² homes they tested, the one built with SIPS was 5 times more airtight than the one built using wooden frames and fiberglass as insulator. Given that outside air leaking into your home is responsible for 40% of heat or cooling loss in the average home, the savings in energy consumption would be significant even against a method, timber framing, that is regarded as a “greener option”. That is because it’s always been compared to the brick building methods only.
Timber Framing has to be measured and often cut on-site to achieve the desired measures and fittings. SIPs Panels are engineered to specific measures in the design process so when they have to be erected they fit perfectly each other. This pretty much eliminates waste material that happens on-site with other building methods.
Speed of Erection
Once again, SIPS Panels are much quicker to install for all the reasons already outlined. They are easy to handle, they come already cut to specific measures and they don’t need additional support as they are providing double bracing to the wall they create. This makes Structurally Insulated Panels 3 times faster to build than traditional timber framing.
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Our Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPS) are manufactured to the highest standard at our factory dedicated to manufacturing SIPS. We use Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPS) in the floor, walls, and ceilings of our buildings, meaning that the building is completely enveloped with insulation, so there are no cold spots or cold bridging.
Whether you are using your insulated garden room for work or leisure, our insulated garden rooms will offer a comfortable environment all year round.