COULTER ARCHITECTS, PLLC

Chelan Office

Ronald Coulter
P.O. Box 2323 (mail)
105 N Emerson Suite 201
Chelan, WA. 98816
(O) 509.630.5518

(E) ron.coulterarchitects@gmail.com 

Bellevue Office

Isaac Miyakawa
14229 S.E. 23rd St.
Bellevue, WA. 98007

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Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS)

SIPS vs. Traditional Construction  |  Stronger. Straighter. Greener.

Over the next 40 years, the world is expected to build 230 billion square meters in new construction. That’s roughly equivalent to adding another Paris to the planet every single week. Despite recent progress, buildings and construction together account for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions when upstream power generation is included. The climate change dialogue is pervasive but tactical actions to combat it are discussed far less often. Architectural, engineering and technology evolution over the years have enabled many advancements in the built environment. The innovations needed are in how we change business-as-usual and make decisions throughout the value chain that help to create lower carbon cities.

 

(Research by the DOW Chemical Company)

We are looking for clients who are interested in helping with the environment, and are willing to commit to design features that represent steps forward, instead of the same standards that prevail in the building industry.

•Structural insulated panel (SIP) construction is a high performance building system. The panels consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two layers of structural sheathing. SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design.

•Structures built with SIPS are significantly more energy efficient than traditional construction.

•SIP buildings are stronger than stick built structures. They are superior in both sheer resistance and tensile strength. SIP buildings have been frequently found to be the only structures left standing after earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes.

•SIP homes and buildings are significantly quieter than traditionally built structures.

•When properly vented, SIP structures have superior indoor air quality when compared with traditional construction.

•SIP buildings save a significant amount of time in construction.

•SIP installation produces significantly less job site waste then traditional building materials. Most of the small amount of waste that is produced can be recycled.