SIPs are Green: All the Right Reasons

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You might have seen or heard about green SIPs, this article will bring this mystery to light. Let's start with what this means? Apart from their visually distinctive green color as opposed to untreated SIPs, this color indicates the application of FrameGuard, a mold resistant treatment. This is a factory applied coating that helps in the protection of SIPs against mold, termite infestation and fungi. In terms of its composition, FrameGuard is a combination of anti mold and termite additives designed specifically to make wood products an unsuitable habitat for termites and fungi.

What about the core? Isn't it susceptible to termite infestation?

Simply put, yes. But there is a solution to this hurdle and it goes by the name of PerformGuard. It’s also a termite resistant additive, which is used to reinforce the performance and durability of expanded polystyrene (EPS). At this point you might be thinking along the lines of global warming and the carbon footprint of expanded polystyrene, right? After all EPS is a synthetic product, so this is a legitimate concern. Fact of the matter is, Foam-Control EPS does not contain CFC (chlorofluorocarbon), HCFC (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) or HFC (hydrofluorocarbons) that contribute to Ozone depletion or is hazardous to the environment or inhabitants of the building, rather it's 100% recyclable and consists of mostly air.

Don't believe us? Here is a fun fact: The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, National Green Building Standard and the Energy Star Program all recognize the value and efficiency of SIPs construction and grant credits to R-Control Structurally Insulated Panels in numerous categories. Following are some of the reasons:
  • Structurally Insulated Panel construction drastically reduces energy requirements needed for your building
  • R-Control Insulated Panels are produced locally
  • Oriented Strand Board (OSB) is an efficient use of wood materials
  • OSB is manufactured with wood materials from certified forests
  • Foam Control EPS does not contain CFC, HCFC, HFC or any other ozone depleting blowing agents
  • EPS used in R-Control SIPs is 100% recyclable
  • Structurally Insulated Panels are a seamless building system designed specifically to deliver superior insulation properties by providing a continuous span of insulation. The waste material at the job is minimal.
  • SIPs are manufactured to produce a large, single component that form healthier surroundings resulting in the air tight environment of a Structural Insulated Panel construction system.
  • R-Control SIP homes can comply with the United States Dept. of Energy's Energy Star Home Program without undergoing on-site blower door testing.
  • Notable superior strength in the face of strong winds and earthquakes
  • Data shows that builders using SIPs can reduce their onsite labor costs by as much as 55% over other conventional methods.
  • Add to the fact, the efficiency of FrameGuard coating and Perform Guard Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), you end up getting effective and prolonged resistance to mold, decay and termite infestation.
But the biggest benefit is the savings on energy bills. How? Following are some graphs which will highlight the performance figures of SIPs.

We have discussed green SIPs, its purpose and in conjunction with the previously mentioned concepts, recognitions by concerned national departments. Likewise, there is the concept of
‘R-value’ that needs to be explained. So, we start off with what is R-value? And follow it up with some common misconceptions associated with this subject. Let’s start with the definition. In a nutshell, an R-value is the measure of resistance of heat flow through any certain material in question. Theoretically speaking, the higher the R-Value, the higher its resistance to heat. That's true to a certain point, but there are other factors which influence the effectiveness of a material to resist heat. Sadly, this factor has managed to establish itself as the universal method for comparing insulations - the higher the R-Value, the better the material. But it doesn’t work like that. R-value is an outcome of multiple factors and it’s safe to say all of them are not created equal.

R-Value = (Temperature Difference x Area x Time) / Heat Loss

The underlined fact; The R-Values of an insulation is measured inside a lab and your home isn't inside a lab. There are factors like wind, humidity and temperature, which are in play and effectively influence this whole situation. At this point you might be wondering, how do we gauge an insulated material? The appropriate answer to this question is; An insulation system that has exceptional R-value prevents heat loss via conduction and convection by working as a buffer and is densely packed to prevent heat loss by radiation. In short the answer is R-Control SIPs.
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