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  1. Thanks for your feedback. Have done that - but worked with Government also. The result is very positive, with a number of units being built with SIPs for the government, who have thoroughly researched each of the sustainable attributes of the panel and made the decision to go with it. Slowly but surely, with government mandates directing the changes, and the consumer being hit in the pocket with ever increasing energy costs, and legislation evolving to ensure that more efficient homes are built, the consumer is becoming more aware of their investment. All is looking fantastic for SIPs.
  2. SIPs are extremely strong. Trees falling on them, projectiles hitting them in storm demonstrate extremely strong envelopes.
  3. Yes. The SIP is used for the floor, external and internal walls and roof, thus enabling for a whole thermal envelope. The preliminary blower door test, showed a lower air exchange rate than on any other home they had tested, including modern, recently built, completed, homes in Canberra; and that was a preliminary test, without windows installed or external doors fitted - simply boarded prior to installation. Another test is imminent at time of completion. In addition the window frames, glass, water tanks, and finishes etc, will give it it's ten star rating. Sensors to be applied to the house will monitor temperatures inside and out and the level of energy used for that time. Note that the latest winner of the Solar decathalon in Europe built by Virginia Tech and competing against the best, used standard SIPs for the roof and a vacuum SIP for the walls. The most efficient way to create an energy efficient house, is to have a tight thermal envelope. SIPs does this, and is able to do this on mass, making it certainly a viable building material for the future, with Life Cycle Analysis demonstrating potential savings in energy of up to 60%. It is being utilised by governments in the UK at present for social housing and is a growth industry there. Other attributes, is that it is lightweight, cut to specification in factory (lean building), able to be erected very, very quickly, allowing other trades onto site to work in conjunction with one another, can be built to three storeys and has excellent sound insulation for use in units where privacy is often questionable. It is cyclone and earthquake 'proof' too, with many cases of a SIPs house being THE house standing after such devastation. The potential for indigenous housing is enormous, as it requires one experienced carpenter, to supervise the erection to the standard required, using unskilled labour, or a labour force that is on a fast learning curve, enabling individuals to 'specialise' and assist in the building of their own communities. It is also culturally appropriate and extremely, extremely strong. The maintenance of such a home would be dramatically reduced!!! The cost of housing in some of these communities, is not as much the initial cost, but cost of maintenance. The houses, with appropriate designs, with input both ways from local communities, could be THE solution to the overspending and backlog of houses for, in particular, indigenous communities in Australia. An email, written to Jenny Macklin regarding the suitability of the product, nto assist in overcoming the dire need of indigenous communities and housing, was simply discarded, without being read!!!!!
  4. Check the website again. The metric conversions are there. There is a manufacturing facility in NSW where the interest and demand has been very high. Ten star home currently under construction - almost finished in Canberra a great model.
  5. Saw your reference to Structural Insulated Panels. SIPs are used in many countries, for sustainable housing with huge success, and even in current downturn in housing in US, is a growth product, as the need for sustainable building becomes more understood. Huge growth of SIPs application in building has taken place in the UK, since the Egan Report on housing was released, with SIPs commonly used for a range of applications, in particular for social housing, from single to multi residential buildings, units, townhouses, schools, health care facilities and commercial buildings. Many, many competitions regarding sustainable building, zero energy homes, have seen SIPs used for floors, external walls, internal walls and roofs, producing competition winners, and the highest level of sustainability, according to criteria set. Your reference to the SIPA site is a very good one. Not only is SIPs strong - no one could hit a hole through it-it is earthquake resistant, hurricane and cyclone 'proof', and has attributes that can not be argued in terms of suitability for sustainable building. We have built homes, using R Control SIPs panels in Australia, in a number of states. We hold the licence to manufacture R Control SIPs for both the Australian and New Zealand market, and manufacturing is due to commence of the panel early 2010 in New South Wales. Engineered lumber is increasing in popularity as the price of steel and lumber increases, for its strength, durability, and long term sustainability. We have built using SIPs with other products, such as Hebel, demonstrating its versatility. Great for retrofits and extensions too. SIPs applications are endless, with a variety of thicknesses, sizes, and R Values available to suit conditions. SIPs has been used from Antarctica to Texas and Arizona, demonstrating its suitability for hot and cold climates, and is being used to help rebuild in places such as Greensburg and in New Orleans after Cyclone Katrina, because of its proven success in buildings constructed from it, remaining intact after severe conditions. It is used for indigenous housing, as it is culturally appropriate, social housing, as it has long term sustainabity and cuts energy costs markedly, and for the finest of architecturally designed homes, able to be used on difficult terrains, where traditional construction would be costly. There are few, if any, design constraints, using SIPs panels. The website, for anyone interested in new technology available to the market (not new, used for over 30 years - but an invigorated interest now - with focus on sustainability) but in its infancy and now available in Australia and New Zealand is: Pat Davies