Structural Panels Australia is an Australian owned company, based in Bayswater, Victoria that manufacturers Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS). SIPS can be used for all wall, floor and roof applications. The SIPS panel is made up of an insulation core with skins on either side of it. Generally the insulation core is of EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) and the skins are of OSB (Orientated Strand Board). SIPS are a load bearing structural system which replaces conventional timber stud framing & insulation in a single panel.
Structural Insulated Panels are high performance, engineered roof, wall and floor panels for use in residential, commercial, educational, and other buildings. In wall applications, SIPS provides high strength in racking and diaphragm shear capacities, making them suitable as shear walls to resist high winds and earthquakes.
In roof applications designers can specify SIPS to create vaulted open spaces as they have long clear span capability. SIPS can reduce the need for intermediate structural supports.
The owner of this house spent considerable time researching the requirements of an energy efficient solar passive home. This home uses SIPS panels for the walls in combination with Tridek Roofing panels. These panels together, played a large part in achieving this energy efficient design. This house has been oriented perfectly to the north with the Tridek roof at the appropriate angle and will use virtually no energy for heating and cooling.