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SIPS Technical Bulletins

BM TRADA has been commissioned to develop a series of Technical Bulletins which are intended to provide the reader with introductory information on using structural insulated panels for construction.

SIPS Technical Bulletin 1 - Structure

Available to STA members only!

This Technical Bulletin is intended to provide the reader with introductory information on using structural insulated panels for construction...

 

SIPS Technical Bulletin 2 - Fire

Available to STA members only!

All forms of construction need to comply with the fire performance requirements laid down by national Building Regulations and there is no difficulty in SIP based structures meeting the required levels, given correct design, standards of manufacture and workmanship...

 

SIPS Technical Bulletin 3 - Acoustics

Available to STA members only!

There are no specific requirements for the sound insulation performance of external walls within National Building Regulations. Normally the acoustic performance of an external wall is only considered when a significant external noise source is present, e.g. a building is being constructed near a busy road, rail line or airport...

 

SIPS Technical Bulletin 4 - Thermal

Available to STA members only!

With the fabric first approach, elemental U-Values and heat loss are driven down to very low levels, so the building consumes a minimal amount of energy staying warm or cool. With SIP structures, because part of the structure of the building is insulation, excellent U-Values can be achieved for a minimal wall thickness...

 

SIPS Technical Bulletin 5 - Durability

Available to STA members only!

SIP external wall sections are clad and lined in a similar way to timber studwork buildings. The SIP structure itself is protected from moisture by both the cladding and the breather membrane on the outside of the panel, as well as a cavity...

 

SIPS Technical Bulletin 6 - Sustainability

Available to STA members only!

SIPs offer a relatively low embodied energy building system with good long term thermal and air tightness performance and are also able to offer a long design and service life (in excess of 60 years)...

 
 
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