The nature of SIPS and their mostly offsite construction method means finished components are fully manufactured in a controlled environment, minimising loose materials sent to site and offsetting the risk of waste. All the materials used in the manufacture and construction of SIPS are sustainable and recyclable.
High precision manufacturing techniques and an intelligent inventory system means the use of materials can be optimised by standardising and reusing offcuts. All ‘waste’ from the SIPCO manufacturing process is fully recycled.
Structural insulated panels contribute positively to the environment by helping to lower CO2 levels. SIPS have significantly lower embodied energy than traditional construction materials, such as steel, concrete and masonry.
Sequestered carbon is carbon that might otherwise be in the form of atmospheric CO2 which has been safely trapped within timber building materials. This means buildings made out of SIPS become an effective form of carbon storage. The carbon is locked up until the building is demolished. The long lifespan of SIP buildings makes them ideal for this type of carbon storage in a way which can be more easily observed and measured.
Additional information can be found within the Structural Timber Association SIPS Technical Bulletin 6.