You're Ready to Build with SIPS: What's Next?

You’re sold on the benefits of using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) What’s next? We recommend choosing a project to pilot SIPS. As an architectural firm or developer, incorporating SIPS can significantly enhance your project’s efficiency, sustainability, and overall performance. Here’s a step-by-step guide to ensure a smooth transition and successful implementation.

Educate and Onboard Your Team

Conduct Informational Sessions

Begin by organizing informational sessions to educate your team about the benefits and technical aspects of SIPS. Highlight key advantages such as improved energy efficiency, faster construction times, and superior structural integrity. Estech Global offers comprehensive workshops designed to educate team members on the intricacies of SIPS technology. These workshops can cover topics ranging from the basics of SIPS construction to advanced installation techniques and troubleshooting common issues. By providing a detailed understanding of SIPS, you can ensure that all team members are on the same page and fully committed to the project’s success.

Provide Training

Schedule training sessions with Premier SIPS experts to equip your team with the necessary skills for designing and working with SIPS. This training should cover:

  • Design Principles: Understanding how to integrate SIPS into architectural plans, considering factors such as load-bearing capacities, insulation properties, and thermal bridging.
  • Installation Techniques: Best practices for handling and assembling SIPS, including step-by-step instructions for sealing, fastening, and finishing panels.
  • Quality Control: Ensuring the highest standards throughout the build process by implementing regular inspections and adhering to best practices for sealing and fastening.

Convince Stakeholders

Present Case Studies

Share case studies of successful SIPS projects to demonstrate the proven benefits and reliability of this construction method. Highlight improvements in energy efficiency, cost savings, and build times. These case studies should include detailed performance metrics, such as energy consumption reductions, cost savings over time, and feedback from previous clients. By providing concrete evidence of the benefits, you can help alleviate any concerns stakeholders might have about adopting a new construction technology.

Highlight Long-term Benefits

Emphasize the long-term benefits, including lower energy costs, enhanced building performance, and potential for higher LEED ratings, which can be appealing to eco-conscious clients and investors. Discuss how SIPS can contribute to sustainability goals, reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, and enhance indoor air quality. Additionally, highlight the durability and low maintenance requirements of SIPS, which can lead to further cost savings over the building’s lifecycle.

Finalize Your Design

Collaborate with Structural Engineers

Work closely with structural engineers to ensure your design is optimized for SIPS. Review Premier SIPS load charts and design resources to confirm that your plans meet all structural and performance criteria. Engineers can help you understand the specific requirements for different types of SIPS, such as varying thicknesses and core materials, and how these will impact the overall structural integrity and energy efficiency of the building.

Address Compliance

Ensure that your design complies with local building codes and regulations. Premier SIPS are recognized for their compliance with multiple building codes, including the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC). However, it’s crucial to verify this for your specific project to avoid any potential legal or safety issues. This may involve submitting your designs to local authorities for approval and making any necessary adjustments based on their feedback.

Order Your SIPS

Detail Your Requirements

Once your design is finalized, place your order with Premier SIPS. Provide detailed specifications, including panel sizes, thicknesses, and any custom requirements. Don’t forget to include splines and other accessories. Ensure that your order accounts for all aspects of the project, including any custom cuts or unique design features that require special attention. It’s also beneficial to confirm lead times and delivery schedules to align with your project timeline.

Plan Logistics

Coordinate with Premier SIPS to ensure a smooth delivery process. Prepare your site to accommodate the delivery and storage of panels, and schedule deliveries to align with your project timeline. Consider factors such as the availability of equipment for unloading and moving panels, protection from weather conditions, and secure storage to prevent damage or theft. Detailed logistical planning can prevent delays and ensure a seamless integration of SIPS into your construction schedule.

Prepare the Job Site

Clear and Organize

Clear the job site of any obstructions and ensure there’s adequate space for unloading and storing the panels. Organize the site to facilitate efficient access to the panels during installation. This includes setting up designated areas for storing different types of panels and accessories, ensuring that pathways are clear for transporting panels to their installation points, and preparing the foundation to be level and square.

Gather Tools and Equipment

Ensure all necessary tools and equipment are on-site. This includes SIPS-specific screws, sealants, pneumatic or electric caulk guns, tape measures, levels, and other standard construction tools. Additionally, having backup supplies and contingency plans for equipment failures can help maintain progress and prevent unexpected delays. Training your crew on the proper use and maintenance of these tools can also improve efficiency and safety.

Review and Train on Installation Guidelines

Distribute Documentation

Provide your team with Premier SIPS’ detailed installation guidelines and best practices. Ensure everyone understands the critical aspects of handling, assembling, and securing the panels. Distribute printed and digital copies of these guidelines, and consider holding a kickoff meeting to review key points and answer any initial questions. Reinforce the importance of adhering to these guidelines to ensure the structural integrity and performance of the SIPS.

Conduct Hands-On Training

Arrange for a hands-on training session where your team can practice installing SIPS under the supervision of an expert. This practical experience is invaluable for building confidence and proficiency. During these sessions, simulate real-world scenarios that your team might encounter, such as handling large panels in tight spaces or addressing minor installation errors. Encouraging questions and fostering a collaborative learning environment can also help identify potential issues before they arise on the job site.

Execute the Installation

Follow Layout Drawings

Begin the installation process by following the pre-defined layout drawings meticulously. Ensure the foundation is level and square before erecting the wall panels. Accurate execution of the layout drawings is crucial to avoid misalignments and ensure that the panels fit together as designed. Regularly check measurements and alignment during installation to catch any deviations early.

Ensure Proper Sealing and Fastening

Apply a 3/8” bead of Premier SIPS sealant on all panel joints and use the recommended screws with specified spacing to secure the panels properly. This ensures the structural and thermal performance of the building. Pay special attention to areas prone to moisture ingress, such as roof joints and around windows and doors. Using high-quality sealants and following the manufacturer’s instructions can prevent air and moisture leaks, contributing to the overall energy efficiency and durability of the structure.

Conduct Quality Checks

Regular Inspections

Perform regular quality checks during the installation to ensure panels are correctly aligned and fastened. Verify that the sealant is uniformly applied and there are no gaps or breaches in the insulation. Implement a checklist to document each inspection, noting any issues and the actions taken to resolve them. Regular inspections help maintain high standards and catch potential problems before they affect the overall build quality.

Post-Installation Review

Once the installation is complete, conduct a thorough inspection with the entire project team to address any issues promptly and ensure compliance with all design specifications. This review should include a detailed walkthrough of the structure, checking for any signs of improper installation or missed steps. Addressing these issues immediately can prevent costly repairs and ensure that the building performs as expected.

Complete Exterior and Interior Finishes

Exterior Finishing

Proceed with exterior finishes such as siding, brick veneer, or stucco. Ensure these materials are compatible with SIPS and follow best practices for their application. Consider the specific requirements of each finishing material, such as ventilation for brick veneer or moisture barriers for stucco, to ensure that they integrate seamlessly with the SIPS and provide long-lasting protection and aesthetics.

Interior Finishing

Apply interior finishes, like drywall, directly to the panels. Ensure all mechanical systems, such as HVAC, plumbing, and electrical, are integrated seamlessly. Plan the routing of these systems to minimize the need for additional penetrations in the panels, and ensure that all penetrations are properly sealed to maintain the integrity of the building envelope. Coordination between trades is crucial to avoid conflicts and ensure a smooth installation process.

Ensure Compliance and Handover

Final Compliance Check

Verify that the completed structure meets all local building codes and regulations. Address any final adjustments needed to ensure full compliance. This may involve final inspections by local authorities, testing systems for functionality, and ensuring all documentation is in order. Compliance not only ensures the safety and legality of the building but also provides peace of mind to stakeholders and clients.

Project Handover

Prepare a comprehensive handover package for your client, including all documentation, warranties, and maintenance guidelines. Highlight the benefits and features of the SIPS construction to reassure them of their investment. This package should include detailed instructions on maintaining the building’s performance, troubleshooting common issues, and contact information for support. A well-prepared handover can enhance client satisfaction and set the stage for future projects.


Piloting SIPS on your project is a forward-thinking choice that offers numerous advantages. By following these steps, you can ensure a smooth transition and successful implementation. Leverage the resources and support provided by Premier SIPS, including their detailed manuals and technical assistance, to achieve the best results. Embrace this innovative building method and lead your team into a more efficient, sustainable future.