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  • Anonymous says:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Simpler, stronger, faster building method, October 1, 2008
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    This review is from: Building with Structural Insulated Panels: Strength & Energy Efficiency Through Structural Panel Construction (Hardcover)
    Many people have swung a hammer, but I have participated in remodeling and new home construction. Frankly, it bothers me to laboriously assemble each wall, then add trusses and rafters, and sheath the whole thing. Insulating after this can be a repetitive process (not to mention itchy). I have wondered how to simplify home construction.
    SIPs are the solution. Structural outer sheets of wood bonded to Insulation with another Panel of wood inside. There! The whole thing can be positioned in a bed of adhesive to form a small or large section of wall. Slightly longer and thicker panels form roofs with vaulted ceilings below. Factories can preform SIPs with electical wire recesses and window openings. Just follow the blueprints, use a crane for the heavier pieces, and the book claims homes can be closed up in 4 days. They are going to be more wind resistant, quieter, and energy efficient.
    This book covers introduction, history, and current state of art. The author is an experienced home-contractor and is enthusiastic enough to reveal the brand names of his most useful powertools (and how to use them), the factories he is familiar with, and the back of book lists resources for experienced SIP architects, manufacturers of SIPs, and tools. It is not quite a how-to manual; that must come from the manufacturer of the specific panels. But I feel confident that I could deal with an experienced architect who wanted to use SIPs to create a beautiful home for me (and I would spend all my free time helping the crew!)
    The pictures are highest quality, too.
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  • Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Seems to be useful today, March 9, 2014
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    This review is from: Building with Structural Insulated Panels: Strength & Energy Efficiency Through Structural Panel Construction (Hardcover)
    It would be nice to update the information with 2014 material. I am guessing that many techniques have changed, and perhaps the SIP manufactures can now install a 4″ Plumbing roof vent in the walls during the planning stages? The pictures of how they did it in the field back in 2000, it seems very cumbersome.

    How about it? A revised version of the same book?

    Thanks it is still useful to get a understanding of how SIPS work.

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  • Anonymous says:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Pretty good basic information, August 28, 2009
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    gadgetman (New Hampshire) –

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    This review is from: Building with Structural Insulated Panels: Strength & Energy Efficiency Through Structural Panel Construction (Hardcover)
    This book was helpful to me, but I’ve been familiar with SIPs for years. It was written a few years ago, and could use some updating on the list of manufacturers. It doesn’t really address the problems that sometimes occur if ants burrow into the foam (generally through a foam-insulated foundation), and I wish the manufacturers who include boron in their foam to combat this were noted. I also was hoping to read about bowed panels: at least one manufacturer used to make curved panels for a traditional “bow” roof house, but they no longer make them, and no mention is made of this, or if others still manufacture them–or any other unusual shapes.

    But overall, if you’re not already an expert, this will definitely give you lots of information about this fantastic way to build!

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