Europe is ready to build with SIP panels

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Designers, architects and constructors discover the possibilites of buildings made with Structural Insulated Panels (SIP panels). This phenomenon comes from North America and it is for years a big success in the entire  industry! The construction method is widely applied in applied in Canada, USA and in Mexico as well. Also on the European continent you will find more and more construction companies who design and build with this concept: will Europe (and the rest of the world of course) follow the big success of America?

Animation of SIP Construction (source YouTube: sips.org)

 

Constructions with SIP panels

SIP stands for Structural Insulating Panels. It is also known as a sandwich panel. A SIP panel consists of at least three parts. By combining an inner and outer board with a core of insulation, a SIP building system generates a wall with high strength and rigidity properties. This system is used for both bearing and non-supporting walls, but also for roofs. SIPs are high performance building systems for residential and light commercial construction. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective.

structure of a SIP panel

MgO and EPS insulation material

 

Core – Insulation

Many insulation options are available for a sandwich panel, we describe three of them: EPS, PIR and PUR.

✔ EPS is the abbreviation of Expanded Poly Styrene. It is a material that we encounter daily in our lives. Expanded polystyrene, commonly known just as styrene foam. It is mainly used in insulation materials, and because of its special properties, as well as packaging, ground, road and water engineering.

✔ PUR consists of a two-component sprayed foam that consists of: polyol and isocyanate. It has a high lambda value, and therefore defines heat loss in an excellent way. It is a widely applied insulation material. This is a CFC-free product and therefore environmentally friendly. The polyurethane foam adheres to almost any material. In addition, it is easy to use.

✔ PIR, or polyisocyanurate, is a plastic that is made specifically for insulation. PIR differs from PUR due to increased fire safety, especially in the field of flue gas development. In addition, the material absorbs no moisture. However, the main difference is the even higher insulation value of 0.023 – 0.026 W / Mk. For comparison: take glass or rock wool with a value of 0.040. PIR isolates approximately 1.7 times better for the same thickness. An exterior wall that is insulated with PIR remains relatively thin and has a excellent insulation.

Obviously, many other insulation materials are possible. An important aspect is that each insulation material has its own heat resistance, fire resistance and of course price.

Facings – Magnesium oxide boards

We were talking about the insulation, now we treat the outer two layers of the SIP panel. Most common is oriented strand board (OSB) used for the facings. But why not using MgO?
By gluing magnesium oxide (MgO) boards on either side of the insulation material, you will have an insulating panel. For convenience, we are talking about MgO sheeting material, which is also the chemical designation. One of the many unique features of MgO is that the material is non-combustible. To be more specific we are talking about European fire class A1. On the exterior the MgO board will be finished with a waterproof layer, like stone strips or cork. The interior can be painted right away or finished with plaster.


MgO boards – SINH™ board

 

Cost effective construction 

Due to its prefab characteristics it is possible to build a rough building casco in a very short time frame. The application of SIP panels has great advantages over conventional construction methods. One of them is the lead time of a the construction of a house, which means that significant cost savings can be realized. A second advantage is the independency of weather influences, which means that you are able to guarantee continuous quality.

You save on material costs, but in addition you save money in construction costs further ahead. The production time and construction time on site is significantly reduced. This leads to a cost saving on labor. Moreover, a building in SIP panels is energy efficient.


Our MgO SIP panel: SINH™ panel

 

Circular construction and zero energy buildings

We have good news in case the client or customer indicated to want to build energy-neutral. Because MgO boards production process is more than fifty percent cleaner compared to (portland) cement if we look at the carbon footprint and CO2 emissions. Additionally, there are no toxic substances used in the boards, the life cycle is longer and the building material is 100% recyclable. We have investigated this in cooperation with TNO. (TNO is the Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research)
To resume: MgO is a contribution to a better and greener environment!

What design options do we have?

Since this is a prefab building method all panels are constructed on a production facility. The assembly is at the construction site. These SIP panels can be customized according to all kind of design specifications. This provides the customer and architects enough opportunities for their own individual preferences.


New housing project in Nieuwleusen (The Netherlands)

 

An example in practice is our collaboration with the SIP panel producer RC Panels. In 2016, in Nieuwleusen (The Netherlands) they chose our MgO boards for a new construction project of zero energy houses. Please visit our project page with reference projects and all possible applications of MgO boards.

Benefits of SIPs

All benefits of SIPs:
✔ Reduction of construction costs
✔ Reduction of labour costs
✔ Reduction of lead time of projects
✔ Energy savings
✔ Wide range of applications
✔ Consistent quality
✔ Design flexibility

Tip:

Do you need to know more about MgO, insulation and SIP panels? Please get in touch with us for more information or support. Use the contact form below or call us: +31 (0)88 3748400!

 

Blog: Jan Engels and Pablo Heiliegers

 

How to paint or plaster magnesium oxide boards?

Learn how to build interior walls with SINH™ boards.

We did make a step by step video tutorial. See how easy it is to apply various finishing options on SINH™ boards.

Benefits of SINH™ board wall with a wood-batten or metal stud:

  • Simple and easy to install
  • Magnesiumoxide board is lightweight, strong and impact resistant
  • fire-resistant sheet material
  • Save drying time; screws instead of adhesives
  • Does not deform when it comes into contact with water

 

Tools and materials you’ll need:

  • Standard painting tools
  • Taping knife
  • Joint finishing knife
  • Standard health & safety gear

 

How to video

Steps wall plaster

  1. Build the interior walls with SINH™ boards, click here for the how-to-video
  2. Apply a coat of plaster primer
  3. Cover the joints between the MgO boards with fibre-mesh tape
  4. Plaster the wall according to regular plastering techniques

 

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Steps paint or wallpaper

  1. Build the interior walls with SINH™ boards, click here for the how-to-video
  2. To prevent cracks, fill and smoothen the joints with a suitable finishing paste
  3. For optimal result apply two or three layers
  4. Apply paint primer
  5. Paint the wall or apply wallpaper

 

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For any further assistance or questions, please get in touch with our technical team.
Or visit our documentation and how to use section.

 

Blog: Pablo Heiliegers

How to build an interior wall using magnesium oxide boards?

Learn how to build an interior wall with magnesium oxide SINH™ boards.

We did make a step by step video tutorial. See how easy it is to build a drywall by using SINH™ boards.

Benefits of SINH™ board wall with a wood-batten or metal stud:

  • Simple and easy to install
  • Magnesiumoxide board is lightweight, strong and impact resistant
  • fire-resistant sheet material
  • Save drying time; screws instead of adhesives
  • Does not deform when it comes into contact with water

Tools and materials you’ll need:

  • Standard screwing drill
  • Standard health and safety gear
  • Track saw
  • Self-drilling, countersunk, slotted-head screws
  • Hand drill for pre-drilling frame
  • Standard saw
  • Retractable knife

How to video

 

Steps:

  • Place the wood-batten or metalstud framework
  • Saw or cut the SINH™ board to the correct dimensions
  • First mount one side of the frame
  • Place insulation, for maximum fire resistance performance we advise to use stone wool insulation material
  • Mount the other side of the frame
  • Finish the wall, click here for the how-to-video
    hoe-bouw-binnenwand-magnesiumoxide-plaatmateriaal-doe-het-zelf-foto2For any assistance or further questions, get in contact with our Technical team.

Bungalow Park Vapi, India

For the construction of a new Project Bungalow Park in the state of Gujarat, SINH Building Solutions teamed up with Avadh.

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A company that has implemented groundbreaking projects in Amreli, Surat, Bardoli, Navsari and Ahmedabad. Avadh has a strong reputation for pioneering innovative building solutions in the design of lifestyle projects, and its quest for innovation led to the sourcing of SINH™ board for roofing underlayment for this project.

Avadh’s choice of SINH™ board was based mainly on the fact that SINH™ board is strong and lightweight, making it possible to reduce the load on the rooftop structure. This generated significant cost savings in the steel roof construction, as well as for transport and labour costs.

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Other compelling arguments for using SINH™ board were that SINH™ board is fire- and water-resistant, highly durable and can serve as an excellent insulation layer for both hot and cold. All these properties enabled Avadh to comply with the most stringent of health and safety requirements in this project.

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The fact that SINH Building Solutions is a stock-holding company in SINH™ magnesium oxide boards, offering great technical service and timely on-site delivery, sealed the partnership. The end result was excellent collaboration and the realisation of yet another innovative building project for Avadh.

If you have any questions according our projects or if you need more information about how to apply MgO boards for roofing underlayment, please contact us through the contact form below.