MAGNESIUM OXIDE Structural Insulated Panel Systems (SIPS), Eco-Friendly Building Systems
SIPS are a composite building material, consisting of an insulating layer of rigid expanded polystyrene (EPS)
sandwiched between two layers of structural board.
To some degree, the growth in housing unit size and demand for energy services has been countered by improvements in energy intensity. Some energy end uses have become much more efficient in the past three decades, such as refrigeration and clothes washing. Efficiency gains also have been made in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment, as well as in windows and insulation. As a result, from 1985 to 2004, the energy intensity of the residential sector decreased by 9 percent as measured by energy use per household. Nevertheless, the growth in the number of households and size of houses increased total energy use
Using today’s best practices, builders have demonstrated that it is possible to design and construct new houses that are 30 to 40 percent lower in energy intensity than a typical code house, at little or no additional cost.
You can think about and improve the energy efficiency of your home if you are building or renovating, buying or selling or renting. The decisions you make now will affect your lifestyle and your energy costs for many years to come.