New-Generation BioSIPs May Be The Answer

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sip-panel.jpgAn architect professor and her team from the University of Colorado have been working on a new generation of Structural Insulated Panels that are used as a building’s wall and roof system. SIPs panels are renowned for their ability to create strong, energy efficient buildings that are quick and cost-efficient to construct.

Using physical models and computer modeling software from CU’s aerospace engineering sciences department, the research is expected to reveal which combination of cellulose — primarily paper, cardboard, and agricultural and wood waste — will work best in such an application. Insulating soy-based foam is another essential ingredient in the panels and will encapsulate the 4″-6″ fiber cores to form a 4’x10′ panel.

“The end result will be a cost effective, fire-retardant building material with a structural core material diverted entirely from Colorado’s waste stream for use in building streamlined, energy efficient homes,” said Julee Herdt, the architect.

The research team will use the finished panels to build a solar-powered test structure on campus which will be monitored for energy efficiency. The plan is to market and sell the new and improved BioSIPs panels upon completion of the research.

See my earlier posts on the benefits of SIPs and the core makeup.

Source: News Center / University of Colorado at Boulder

Tag(s): Energy, Going Green, Green Building, The Great Green Outdoors

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  1. SP on March 19th, 2008 2:28 pm

    Thats fantastic, its about time SIPs are built with non-petroleum based foam. I like the concept even more because I am a CU alum… Go Buffs.

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