Time to install – a home constructed using SIPs can be erected up to 60% faster than a traditionally-constructed building. SIPs also make it easier to predict project completion times as the system is simple to erect, requiring less time on site and fewer specialist tradespeople.
Cost savings – a faster build program reduces the overall on-site costs due to reduced project management, cost of hiring scaffolding, plant, temporary accommodation, safety and security equipment, resulting in earlier cash recovery, improved cash flow and increased capacity. Other key cost savings include reduced foundation requirements, waste disposal and labour.
Strength – SIPs construction has superior strength. SIPs buildings can withstand extreme climate and weather conditions. A SIPs structure forms a monolithic shell which is up to seven times stronger than a conventional timber frame structure. SIPs buildings are extremely robust with a solid feel which can be indistinguishable in appearance from a traditionally-constructed building once complete.
Year-round construction – Unlike traditional methods of construction which rely on good weather for wet trades, bricklayers and on-site processes, SIPs are erected regardless of the weather, meaning there’s little or no disruption to follow-on trades. This reduces both the length and cost of the build process.
Internal fixings – In most cases, no additional timber ‘noggins’ are required to facilitate the hanging of radiators and kitchen units as is required with timber frame construction.