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SHELTER SYSTEMS NORTH Looking at their website it is hard for me to understand exactly what they do, meaning i cannot figure out whether they have building plans and ship out material to build a home, or whether they have prefab kit type homes they build on their property and deliver to a buyer. But anyway they have both SIP panel cabins and other structures using solid wood. Whatever it is they do,
they have some nice little cabins for sale or cabin plans. Picture in the right is of their floor plan called: "Eagles Nest" cabin.
►Just what is Shelter Systems North? Shelter Systems North is the lifelong cultivation of Walter Dean, former President of the Ontario Real Estate Association, CEO / President of Pan Abode Homes and many more housing companies. Shelter Systems is by far the most unique housing system around, By specializing and providing reasonably priced high quality homes and public buildings which will not support mildew or mould. With more than 40 years experience providing shelter, rec facilities and lodge buildings for: First Nations peoples with buildings designed to last over 100 years, including meeting halls, churches and commercial buildings. Homes and Commercial buildings in the Caribbean and Central Americas, suitable for Hurricane strikes. Homes designed to withstand earthquakes in Guatemala, El-Salvador, and Greece. Homes and research buildings in the Arctic and Antarctica. Suppliers of relief housing for the Hurricane Katrina disaster in Louisiana.◄
SOLARGON DESIGNS These structures are to me a very ideal system for building a small beautiful cabin or backyard home office or used together to build larger homes or buildings for other uses such as office space. Picture on the right is of Model 20 (311 SF Octagon) and is available with 8ft or 10ft side walls. The walls and roof are made with R-28 or R-42 ICS SIPs. The roof can have eight planes or four planes.
►Solargon homes and cabins are inspired by design elements from Native American and Asian nomadic tribes and combine them with passive solar design principles. Using the latest in green-building technologies we have created structures that work with and within the environment rather than dominating or disregarding it. Green-building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources: Energy, water, and materials . . . While reducing building impacts on human health and the environment through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and eventual removal — the complete building life cycle. A similar concept is natural building, which is usually on a smaller scale and tends to focus on the use of natural materials that are available locally. Solargon homes combine elements of both concepts. Various models and sizes of Solargons are available.◄
PREMIER BUILDING SYSTEMS This business has a good website which displays the use of the product very well. Premier is one of the largest SIP manufacturers in North America.
►When an Architect or Builder wants to build using Advanced Building Techniques, they use Premier's Structural Insulated Panels. Here are just a few reasons why: Imagine buildings with large soaring roof lines, open vaulted ceilings and no truss system. When buildings are constructed with Premier SIPs roofs, the roof structure alone is strong enough that it doesn't need an engineered truss system. Without the need for trusses, Architects and Designers have the opportunity to use their design creativity like never before. The strength of a PBS SIPs home gives homeowners peace of mind that their new home is strong enough to last a lifetime.
Just ask the Premier SIPs homeowners who survived the Kobe, Japan earthquake (6.5 magnitude) in the 1980's. Their Structural Insulated Panel framed buildings were some of the few that remained standing after this earthquake. Premier SIPs are delivered to the job site precut ready for assembly. The large wall, roof and floor panels can be installed much like a puzzle. The speedy installation not only saves builders time in the framing process, but the straight panels offer features that save other subcontractors hours (and even days) in their trades. Straighter wall and floor panels mean the walls do not bow and curve, ensure faster installation of cabinets and counter tops, enable flooring contractors to lay tile, wood and other flooring products . . . All without the need of endless shimming and cutting. Straight walls help doors, windows and millwork go into place seamlessly, and offer lighting experts a flat surface to showcase interior lighting effects on a flat surface. And don't forget the homeowners, who are able to display art and photographs on flat walls that do not bow or bend. All the benefits of a SIP's home from Premier. The environmental benefits of choosing Premier Structural Insulated Products are huge. As if significantly lower energy bills and reduced job site construction waste wasn't enough to convince you that Premier SIPs are the cream of the "green" building products available today. Then consider that Premier SIPs offer the use of materials made from rapidly renewable resources, better indoor air quality and temperature control and available tax credits & environmental certifications for the builder and homeowners. We think you'll agree that Premier SIPs are one of the best environmental framing products on the market.◄
FISCHERSIPS For those of you who might need to find a SIP supplier willing to service smaller projects, this might be perfect for you. This business looks to be good for the individual wanting to build a single family home or other similar projects. They offer full fabrication services and SIPS with Pine T&G and other specialty facings for log & timberframe. Floors, walls and roofs available. They are FSC certified (SW-COC-002870), which means their products help save the environment and can assist homeowners toward acquiring LEED credits.
►FischerSIPS is a manufacturer and distributor of structural insulated panels. We have been producing panels since 1987, when Fred Fischer built his own home with SIPS. Currently owned by Damian Pataluna, FischerSIPS has shipped panels world-wide to places like, South Korea, Ireland, Russia, and the Bahamas! The current owner, Damian Pataluna, has been a member of the SIPA executive board since 1996, serving as President from 2003-2006. Our focus is on the small to mid-size builder and general contractor. Because we are not set up for high volume production, we can adapt and change to meet your needs. We want to understand you and your business so we can grow together. We service a Regional market area extending from Florida (approval FL3643) to Texas, up the east coast into New York and out west as far as Kansas and Iowa. Feel free to give us a call and ask if we'll go where you want to build. We have dealers located in 11 states that can help you build your home. Dealership opportunities are available as well. Here at FischerSIPS we have helped many families and businesses build strong, green, affordable homes or offices with structural insulated panels. Give us your designs and we will custom build every piece for your project, eliminating excess waste and helping you build your home quicker, and cheaper. In the end, you'll be amazed at how our eco friendly building materials helped you put together a remarkably energy efficient building or home.◄
SIPS SMART I think possibly the initial cost of SIP panels are kind of on the expensive side, but the long term benefit to the end user is pretty great. SIPs give the end user much more control over their indoor living environment, both from the temperature stand point and noise control. This is a website from Michael Morley a very enthusiastic supporter of SIP type building.
►Welcome to SIPsmart Building Systems. At SIPsmart, we believe that architecture and building science can be integrated with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) to produce the best buildings ever built. The simplest and most effective way to combat global warming is to conserve the energy used to heat and cool buildings. There is no better way to save energy than to construct the structural/thermal envelope of a building with SIPs. SIPsmart Building Systems is the most experienced SIP company in the Midwest. We offer professional design, engineering and installation services. SIPsmart can take your residential or commercial project from concept to completion.Our SIP manufacturing partners use the latest in CAD/CAM technology and the just-in-time advantages of the CNC production method to offer a timely, high-performance product. Our ARCX designs are a unique application of SIP technology and advanced geodesics to produce domes or hybrids like nothing else on the market. Click on the ARCX button (above) to see more about this revolutionary patent pending design revolution.◄
eSIPS This is a SIP panel with a little different twist: It incorporates a BioBased foam made from soy bean oil to replace a portion of the petroleum that is traditionally used in polyurethane foam insulation. Their insulated panels are often used with timber frame homes,
stick built homes, panelized homes and energy efficient homes. Also, need to point out that they have a very good selection of small under 1000 SF small cabin floor plans available for your viewing. Just click on the "Floor Plans" link at the top of the home page. And, they have bigger size cabin floor plans as well. Picture on the right is of their "Classic Cabin 1".
►The ENERGY SMART INSULATED PANEL SYSTEM (eSIPS) is a prefabricated, panelized building system with closed-cell insulation already installed when it arrives at your building site! Our eSIPS insulated panels are a great alternative to Structural Insulated Panel Construction (SIPS). eSIPS benefits over other insulated panel home kits, prefab home, modular home and structural insulated panel home products with the use of BioBased Insulation and our years of experience designing and building custom homes. eSIPS is primarily a standalone insulated wall and roof panel home product, however the structural panels are well suited for use with hybrid timber frame homes, post and beam homes, and log home roof applications. Our green building product line includes our eSIPS panelized components as well as materials for a complete weather tight shell package. Our commitment to green building extends to the use of renewable materials and low maintenance exterior finishes in our panelized home kits. Visit our products page for a full listing of our offerings.◄
ECO-PANELS Of special interest to me and i am sure of some other people also, is that they mention on their website the availability of small dwellings in the form of "Backyard or Garden Cottages". Click on "ABOUT ECO-PANELS" then click on the bottom link "Backyard or Garden Cottages".
►Eco-Panels is a North Carolina manufacturer of the most advanced polyurethane filled structural insulated panels, or SIPs, on the market today. Also known as sandwich panels, architectural panels or stressed skin panels, these panels are comprised of an interior and exterior siding material sandwiching an internal layer of foam insulation. Eco-Panels helps to eliminate much of the time and guesswork associated with proper framing and insulation techniques by connecting together quickly on the jobsite to provide a strong, safe and efficient thermal envelope for your home or commercial building. Today we are applying more than 15 different siding materials to our panels to offer a broad selection of finished material for both the residential and commercial markets.◄
STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANEL ORGANIZATION This trade organization has much information about SIPs and you can locate dealers close to you if there are any.
►The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) is a non-profit trade association representing manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators/distributors, design professionals, and builders committed to providing quality structural insulated panels for all segments of the construction industry. SIPs are the 21st Century Building Material. Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are high performance building panels used in floors, walls, and roofs for residential and light commercial buildings. The panels are typically made by sandwiching a core of rigid foam plastic insulation between two structural skins of oriented strand board (OSB). Other skin material can be used for specific purposes. SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be custom designed for each home. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective. Building with SIPs will save you time, money and labor. Are Structural Insulated Panels More Expensive? Building with SIPs generally costs about the same as building with wood frame construction, when you factor in the labor savings resulting from shorter construction time and less job-site waste. Other savings are realized because less expensive heating and cooling systems are required with SIP construction. SIPA does not maintain pricing data from individual manufacturing members. If you are looking for pricing information, please contact our members directly by clicking on "Find SIPs" or complete the form located under "Let's Talk SIPs" and our members will contact you with information specific to your request.◄
THE MURUS COMPANY They use either Polyurethane, or Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), or Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) for their SIP panels.
►The Murus Company has been producing SIPs since 1987. Our manufacturing facility is located in scenic Mansfield, Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Williamsport, PA. Murus manufactures Structural Insulated Panels - nothing else, using only the highest quality materials and cutting edge technologies. Aside from building the finest and most innovative SIPs available, Murus believes in total client support. We provide outstanding technical assistance and service throughout the term of your project. Murus can provide factory precision pre-cutting with our state-of-the-art CNC (Computer Numerical Control) automatic cutting equipment. Panel layout drawings are included in this service. Murus can also provide professional on-site technical assistance during the installation of your SIPs. Murus does not franchise or license our products to others, nor do we sell products through dealers, distributors, or manufacturers' reps. When you contact Murus, you'll interact with a Murus employee who is your direct link between your needs and the company. We believe the best way to preserve consistency and uniformity in the quality of our products and services is to maintain our tradition of company-owned manufacturing, assuring that you will receive only genuine Murus Structural Insulated Panels. The entire Murus staff is committed to providing the best quality products to our customers. We are proud of the superior workmanship and attention to detail that is built into every Murus SIP. If you'd like to see how Murus SIPs are made, we welcome visits and would be happy to show you our manufacturing facility.◄
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