Structural insulated panels are ideal for self builders wanting to create high-performing, energy-efficient homes. As their name suggests, SIPs come pre-insulated to such high standards that, even without additional insulated liners, they can achieve U-values as low as 0.17 W/m²K. Adding suitable liners can get this number down to as low as 0.1 W/m²K.
SIPs support loads by their very nature as composite structural panels, and the external boards are bonded to the insulation they sandwich to prevent buckling.
SIPs are prefabricated in a controlled factory environment. The precise cutting processes employed during the fabrication process means that when larger scale construction elements are joined together onsite, the finished construction is more accurate.
Where SIPs are slotted together, joining splines can often be used and these significantly reduce thermal bridging when compared to a solid timber post. Buildings constructed using SIP systems can readily achieve levels of airtightness significantly beyond those required by the Building Regulations. For more information on Kingspan TEK®
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