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The Biggest SIP project in China ^_^


Moganshan, a bamboo mountain outside Hangzhou, a second-tier city two hours from Shanghai. Just below the mountain’s peak was a tiny, 14-person farming village called Shanjiuwu, the future site of luxury resort Naked Retreats (now Naked Home Village).

New Housing System (SIP) To Get Shaken Up in Earthquake Test at Cincinnati Lab!

"Sustainable" House Holds Up Through Strongest Earthquakes in Live Test

0318_shaketestThe "sustainable" house design being studied by the FAS Housing Technology Project will stay intact even when it is shaken by forces larger than the strongest known earthquake. This was the result of a live shake table test held on January 19 at the Trentec laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Coming soon after the devastating December 26 tsunami that swept across South Asia, the successful test aroused wide interest in this new technology. The design has already been shown to be cost-effective and safe in fire and wind. It is also environmentally friendly because it uses no wood. FAS considers it could provide earthquake-resistant, energy-efficient housing at very low cost to millions living in seismically active regions such as Indonesia and Afghanistan. (FAS Public Interest Report, Fall 2004 p.10). Seismic Evaluation of SIPs.pdf


International Code Council Adopts SIPs into IRC

icc_logoStructural Insulated Panels (SIPs) achieved a major milestone in their history May 22, 2007 when the International Code Council (ICC) voted to adopt the building system into the International Residential Code (IRC), Section R614. Builders wishing to use SIP walls in residential projects in jurisdictions that have adopted the IRC will not need to show equivalency to the IRC through additional engineering. SIP walls are included in the IRC for buildings that are no greater than 60 feet in length, 40 feet in width, and two stories high.

Approved SIP wall panels are 4 1/2 inches and 6 1/2 inches thick and up to 10 feet tall. According to the Structural Insulated Panel Association, the organization that championed SIP adoption into the IRC, the building site must be limited to a maximium design wind speed of 130 mph Exposure A, B, or C; a maximum roof snow/live load of 70 psf; and

CCMC evaluates a single-rib structural insulated panel system


IRC's Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) has just evaluated a product that gives builders in Canada another option for walls and roofs: a single-rib structural insulated panel (SIP) system rather than the currently available multiple-rib structural systems (at conventional spacings of 400 mm or 600 mm). More and more, builders are considering the use of SIP systems because they combine the structural system, wall and roof sheathing, and insulation in a single step.

Developed by Plasti-Fab of Calgary, Alberta, the PlastiSpan SIP system brings the Canadian building market one step closer to offering pure SIP systems that use no ribs. The system consists of a 7/16" oriented strand board (OSB) bonded to both sides of an expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation core. It incorporates single structural ribs at the panel edges, every 1200 mm, with a specific nailing schedule (see figure). The structural ribs are made of 2x4s for the wall panels and of either 2x10s or prefabricated wood I-joists for the roof panels.