Why are SIPs a green product?
Renewable Natural Resources
Foam Laminates of Vermont uses OSB as the facings for our SIPs because they are environmentally friendly. These OSB SIPs are environmentally friendly because they typically contain softwoods such as poplar and aspen, which are fast growing trees harvested on a tree farm when they are young. This is important in a green society because the emphasis is on newer and faster producing trees which protect the old growth forests. As a result of this protection towards old growth hardwoods, OSB is generally referred to as a sustainable and renewable natural resource.
Foam Laminates of Vermont uses EPS foam as the insulating agent in our Structural insulated panels (SIPs) because they do not contain any Formaldehyde or C.F.C's: the disastrous compound responsible for ozone layer depletion.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average U.S. home releases 22,000 lbs of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere each year. This is twice the amount of the average vehicle.
By reducing the amount of energy used for heating and cooling, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) can significantly reduce emissions produced by our homes and commercial buildings
Indoor Air Quality
In recent years, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the air inside the places we live and work can be more polluted than the air outdoors. This poses a serious health risk to occupants.
Poor indoor air quality can lead to irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. Furthermore, this can also increase susceptibility to headaches, viruses, and asthma-like symptoms.
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) have a high R-Value foam core without any thermal bridging studs or areas of potential compression or voids in the insulation.
SIP homes also have extremely low levels of air infiltration because there are fewer gaps to seal. When combined with other high efficiency energy systems, SIP homes commonly demonstrate 50%-70% savings over the Model Energy Code (MEC)
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