New energy efficient foam core panelized homes designed specifically for the extreme cold, and high wind, Bush Communities in the Northern half of Alaska. 

SIPS/Foam Core Modular Homes:

If you are looking for a good quality, super-insulated and super-strong house, a  modular home using structural insulated panels, or SIPs, may be the right choice.

SIP homes offer two very important benefits. First, they are two to three times better insulated than traditionally built modular homes because the walls are made of solid foam sandwiched between two layers of oriented strand board (or OSB), which makes it airtight. Second, the SIP wall system is three to five times stronger than a traditional modular home’s wall system due to its design.

A modular home constructed with structural insulated panels offers a fast, energy-efficient, and healthy approach to building. These homes are made in a factory-controlled environment so they are standardized and reliable. Since SIPs are prefabricated in the factory, there is less job site waste, since less material needs to be sent to the landfill. Factory fabrication is often processed with optimization software and many manufacturers recycle factory scrap to make other foam products.

A SIP building envelope provides high levels of insulation and is extremely air-tight, meaning the amount of energy used to heat and cool a home can be cut by up to 50 percent. The energy that powers homes and commercial buildings is responsible for a large portion of the greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. Reducing the energy usage of buildings enables architects, builders, and homeowners to contribute to a cleaner environment.

The insulation used in SIPs is a lightweight, rigid foam plastic composed of 98 percent air and requires only a small amount of petroleum to produce. The foam insulation used in panel cores is made using a non-CFC (chlorofluorocarbons) blowing agent that does not threaten the Earth’s ozone layer.

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