Both Baker and LeRoy note that the construction industry is plagued with a dwindling supply of craftsmen, and experienced framers are getting harder and harder to come by. The ability to assemble the panels in a controlled factory setting, then erect them on site as complete walls, reduces the need for framers at the job site. And less time in the field speeds up the job overall without compromising quality—always a plus.

"It took about nine days in the field to install the SIPs," says Tom, "plus another day and a half or so to make the connections to the old house. When you add in the three days or so it took to fabricate the panels, we could have framed the house in about the same time. But those first few days were in the shop, which frees up the job site for other work. And once the walls are up, they're already insulated, which saves us those days. I definitely see time saved on work days on the site."

As if we needed another reason to be sold on SIPs, Baker points out that the panels are made from renewable resources, with wood grown and harvested for just this purpose. "These panels eliminate an enormous amount of lumber from a project," he says. "And they use absolutely no old-growth timber, which is getting more and more scarce."

Strong, efficient, fast—and green? What more could you ask for in a house? And the first time a New England blizzard buries the finished house under a pile of snow, we'll be glad to think about the homeowners warm and safe inside.
Ask TOH users about Insulation

Contribute to This Story Below

    More in Framing & Insulation