AFM

Credit: AFM

AFM. R-Control structural insulated panels form a strong structural system consisting of Perform Guard expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation laminated to OSB. They can be used for walls, roofs, and floors. Labor time savings range from 30 percent to 40 percent compared with stick building, the firm says. Panels are available in sizes from 4 feet by 8 feet to 8 feet by 24 feet. 800-255-0176. www.r-control.com.

Community Housing Resource Center

Credit: Community Housing Resource Center

Community Housing Resource Center. This organization that supports construction of affordable housing used structural insulated panels to build this dwelling in Atlanta. The center was drawn to SIPs because they offer lower, consistent energy bills for homeowners. 404-624-1111. www.chrcatlanta.com.

Tobler Duncker Architects. Architect Peggy Duncker designed this home for her family in Jackson, Wyo., with structural insulated panels. The architect says construction of her SIPs house cost the same as if it were stick built, and that using SIPs didn't compromise the design.

Tobler Duncker Architects. Architect Peggy Duncker designed this home for her family in Jackson, Wyo., with structural insulated panels. The architect says construction of her SIPs house cost the same as if it were stick built, and that using SIPs didn't compromise the design.

Tobler Duncker Architects. Architect Peggy Duncker designed this home for her family in Jackson, Wyo., with structural insulated panels. The architect says construction of her SIPs house cost the same as if it were stick built, and that using SIPs didn't compromise the design.

Premier Building Systems

Credit: Premier Building Systems

Premier Building Systems. Premier Panels are composed of two sheets of oriented strand board structurally laminated and pressure-cured to a rigid core of foam insulation. They come standard in many sizes and thicknesses. The company also offers accessories such as screws, ridge caps, and mastic. 800-275-7086. www.pbspanel.com.

Insulspan

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Insulspan. The company's structural insulated panels (right and below photos) are solid, one-piece structural components that can be used in walls, floors, and roofs. Each panel consists of a expanded polystyrene (EPS) core bonded between two outer layers of rugged OSB. They form a strong, versatile building shell that can significantly shorten construction times, according to the manufacturer. Their energy efficiency generally allows heating and cooling equipment to be downsized, reducing initial capital costs and operating costs, the firm says. 517-486-4844. www.insulspan.com.