SIP - Energy Efficiency
Quacent SIPS ( Superior Energy Efficiency)
When it comes to losing energy, buildings primarily lose it through convection (air leaks) and conduction (through solids). However, Quacent® Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are designed to effectively combat both of these problems, leading to an exceptional level of energy efficiency in buildings constructed with them.
Having a well-insulated and tightly-sealed structural shell is important in ensuring a quality home or commercial building. However, gaps and cavities along the walls or roof can compromise insulation and lead to air leakage, allowing interior conditioned air to escape while permitting unconditioned air to infiltrate the structure. Quacent SIP panel system has a solid expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation core that remains intact, preventing it from sinking or shrinking over time like other insulation materials. In fact, a recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy found that construction using structural insulated panels can reduce air leakage to as low as 0.2 air changes per hour (ACH), significantly less than that of stick-framed buildings. By preventing conditioned air from leaking out, Quacent SIP panels help you save money on re-conditioning air while providing more comfortable interior spaces.
Enhanced Thermal Efficiency
In addition to meeting or exceeding the recommended R-values for all climates, Quacent's SIP systems reduce the occurrence of thermal bridges throughout the whole wall and roof. These bridges are interruptions in the insulation within walls where energy can easily transfer through the wall because wood offers less resistance than insulation. Traditional homes have numerous thermal bridges due to the studs that support the walls. However, Quacent EPS SIP walls and roofs have significantly fewer thermal bridges, resulting in a higher R-value for the entire wall compared to traditional stick-framed walls.
Quacent SIP panels come in various widths and offer both standard and plus EPS products, allowing builders to choose the R-value that best suits their building location and energy efficiency objectives.
Controlling moisture is essential in preventing damage to your home, and Quacent® Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) provide an effective solution to this problem. Vapor naturally moves from the warm side of a wall to the cold, a process called diffusion. As the vapor moves through the walls of your home, it can reach a dew point, resulting in condensation. Traditional walls with cavities offer a surface for the moisture to accumulate, leading to rot and mold.
The advantage of Quacent SIP walls is that they have no place for the water vapor to condense. With a continuous bond between the OSB and EPS, there are no pockets for moisture to settle. This means that the vapor continues to pass through the wall without the risk of condensation. With Quacent SIPs, you can protect your home from moisture damage and enjoy a comfortable, healthy living environment.