SIPs are Structural Insulated Panels that normally consist of 2 skins laminated to an insulated core. The 2 things make SIP’s attractive to builders and homeowners relate to the key terms; structural and thermal. It is important to look at each of these terms in their own right.
This is probably the most important prerequisite that homeowners, designers and builders are looking for. A cladding system that provides a high level of insulation providing thermal comfort and therefore limiting lifelong power costs. SIP’s cores are generally made of 3 main types of insulation, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), Polyurethane (PUR) and Polyisocyanurate (PIR). Each have their own features and benefits. The critical common feature is they all have excellent thermal resistant properties. Read this blog to understand thermal resistance and thermal insulation as they relate to a building envelope. https://regenbuilding.com.au/uncategorised/understanding-three-components-of-building-a-thermally-efficient-house/
The creation of SIP’s has to some degree provided innovation in the building industry from a design and building perspective. The first SIP house was built in the United States state of Wisconsin in Madison by the Forest Products Laboratory. It was designed to reduce forest resources and in 1937, a small stressed-skin house was constructed with the aim of reducing the timber required for house framing. It was not until the 1950’s that insulation was added to SIP panels by architect Alden B Dow who is credited with creating the first SIP panel.
A SIP panel gains its strength by laminating skins on the external front and rear of a foam panel. The combined strength of a suitable skin laminated to a foam core provides incredible load and bending strength ensuring that a well designed SIP panel can be used as the structural elements of a house rather than frame. Whilst a SIP building envelope can be built faster than a traditional framed house, there are still some issues involved in mass production, costs and design that need serious consideration.
ReGen Building Solutions along with its partners are currently in the process of redesigning our SIP system based on a review of all literature that is currently available on best practice.
SIP’s provided by ReGen Solutions shows the diversity of application for this fantastic product.
Wall entrance signage
Pool water feature
ReGen Building Solutions seeks to provide a SIP system that will be pre-manufactured and provided on site based on architectural drawings provided. The drawing will be converted to a CNC file and as panels are fed into a router. The router will cut doors and window penetrations in accordance to the schedules provided.
ReGen Building Solutions manufacture SIP panels for Fences and insulated panels for wall cladding (see below). We currently have a SIP floor system called XL-Floor which is a 75mm panel that is ideal when building on upper stories or on a sub-frame XL-Floor – The Coolest Floor on the market . We hope to have a fully designed SIP building system in the next 12 months.
A masonry style fence with columns
SIP fencing si significantly cheaper than their masonry equivalents and provide a solid structure.
The fence completed after rendering
Perfectly suited for adding security systems, down lights and security systems
StructaClad Lite is not a true SIP system as it not a structural insulated panel. StructaClad Lite StructaClad is better defined as an Exterior Insulated and Finish System (EIFS). Whilst the panels are not structural, the panels provide some of the highest thermal resistance available in the residential market. The panels with an exterior skin also have an excellent surface for rendering and are easily install. StructaClad Lite; The thermal wrap for your home.
StructaClad Lite is an Insulated Panel that provides a thermal wrap as a wall cladding
StructaClad is easy to install …… If you don’t believe it, watch below.
XL-Floor is a SIP flooring system that provides incredible thermal advantages in addition to its easy of construction. XL-Floor – The Coolest floor on the market
XL-Floor 75mm thick