2006 - [Sustainable Concepts] SIPs and the Energy Efficient Mortgage
2006, vol. 35
Welcome to the February 2006 newsletter from Design
Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "Buildings in the U.S. consume 30
percent of the total energy and 60 percent of the electricity."
- the U.S. Green Building Council
Lisa Van Veen
Insulated Panels (SIP)
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are an efficient
and time proven technology used for building homes
and commercial structures. SIPs panels are constructed
by binding sheets of oriented strand board (OSB) to
an expanded polystyrene foam core to create an insulative
and easy to install construction material.
- SIPs buildings require less wood due to the structure
of the panels. Up to 70% less raw timber is required
to construct a SIPs building.
- The oriented strand board (OSB) component of SIPs
is an engineered wood product manufactured from
fast growing farm trees rather than old growth
forests. OSB does not require large sheets of wood
that must be harvested from larger trees.
- The energy required to manufacture components
for a SIPs structure is lower than other types of
- SIPs reduce jobsite waste which reduces landfill
use and cuts landfill fees.
- SIPs can be manufactured using non-CFC foam that
can be reused or recycled. They are also safe for
- After a building is complete, energy consumption
for heating and cooling a structure are reduced
due to the insulative properties of SIPs. A 4 1/2
wall has an R-value of 17 and a 12 1/4 wall has
an R-value of over 50.
Article & Picture © calpanels.com
When you are buying, selling, refinancing, or remodeling
your home, you can increase your comfort and actually
save money by using the Energy Efficient Mortgage
(EEM). It is easy to use, federally recognized, and
can be applied to most home mortgages. EEMs provide
the borrower with special benefits when purchasing
a home that is energy efficient, or can be made efficient
through the installation of energy-saving improvements.
Energy Efficient Mortgages can be done on most homes.
Availability is not limited by location, home price
or utility company. EEMs can be done on government
(FHA and VA) conventional, Portfolio and Jumbo Loans.
Your lender will help you choose which loan type is
best for you.
Get an EEM on:
Older homes qualifying for upgrades
New or old homes not requiring upgrades
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