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Building with structural insulated panels (SIPs) strength and energy efficiency through structural panel construction
Morley, Michael.
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Publication Information:
Newtown, CT: Taunton Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
186 pages : (some color) illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Within the decade, it is estimated that as much as one-third of residential construction will use structural insulated panels, or SIPs. These energy-efficient building panels are among the strongest, most versatile construction components available today. Michael Morley presents information about this relatively new technology for the many builders who will be using it within the near future but who know little about it.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 2
Chapter 1 Structural Insulated Panelsp. 4
The SIP Revolutionp. 5
What are SIPs?p. 6
Why Build with SIPs?p. 10
The SIP Industry Todayp. 15
SIPs and the Building Communityp. 16
Chapter 2 Anatomy of a Structural Insulated Panelp. 20
Facingsp. 21
Core Materialsp. 23
Adhesivesp. 26
Putting the Pieces Togetherp. 27
Test Resultsp. 29
Chapter 3 Design Considerationsp. 38
SIPs: An Integrated Systemp. 38
Design Advantages of SIPsp. 43
Designing and Building with SIPsp. 47
Chapter 4 Tooling Up for the Jobp. 58
Power Toolsp. 58
Specialty Fasteners, Adhesives, and Caulksp. 65
Jigs, Templates, and Conveying Systemsp. 68
Chapter 5 Fabricating Panels and Componentsp. 74
Fabrication Optionsp. 75
Planning and Layoutp. 77
Fabricating Wall Panelsp. 78
Fabricating Roof Panelsp. 90
Packing and Shippingp. 101
Chapter 6 Standing the Wallsp. 103
Foundations and Floor Systemsp. 104
Erecting SIP Wallsp. 111
Chapter 7 Installing the Roofp. 126
Preparing for Takeoffp. 127
Placing the Panelsp. 131
Hips and Valleysp. 137
Chapter 8 Mechanical Systems in SIP Buildingsp. 140
Electrical Distributionp. 141
Plumbing Considerationsp. 150
Wiring and Plumbing Kitchensp. 152
HVAC Systemsp. 154
Chapter 9 Finish Materials for SIPsp. 158
Exterior Finishesp. 159
Interior Finishesp. 171
Afterword: From a Builder's Perspectivep. 174
Resourcesp. 179
Indexp. 184