Installation Methods: Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC

SIPs - Electrical Made Easy

SIPs have standard horizontal chases pre-cut at 14" and 44" above the floor and 6" from door openings on both sides. If you need additional chase locations you can esily add them during the design phase. For quick chase access, simply drill access holes through the top and bottom plates so your electrician will not have to drill into studs (like other dimensional lumber framing techniques).

How To Install Electrical in SIP walls

  • Layout all electrical power and switch locations in the exterior walls.
  • Cut away interior OSB to the size of your electrical box.
  • Scoop out EPS foam to fit the electrical box.
  • Install electrical box into the panel and screw to the OSB. Use a remodelers box with tabs that you can screw into the OSB skins.
  • Push or pull electrical conductors through pre-drilled electrical chases to the box location and rough-in.

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Plumbing Made Easy with SIPs

Installing a plumbing system in a SIPs structure is a simple process for plumbing professionals. Structural Insulated Panels structures are pre-insulated with rigid foam, so plumbing systems are installed primarily in interior walls. Not much of an adjustment from other stick-frame plumbing system installations.

HVAC Systems Simplified

SIPs structures have greater insulating properties and less air infiltration, allowing homes to hold heat and cold much better than other stick-frame-lumber-structures.  In fact, structures made with Roof, Wall & Floor SIPs regularly require smaller HVAC systems because the structures are much more energy efficient.