Structural Insulated Panels
ASES has a long history of engineering design expertise in a variety of unconventional materials including structural insulated panels (SIPs) and insulated concrete forms (ICF). ASES can provide analysis, evaluation and suggest solutions to any SIP or ICF engineering challenge you may face. No matter what your Structural Engineering challenge, ASES has the engineering expertise to evaluate it, define it, propose solutions and ultimately implement the best structural engineering solution for you.
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are building panels comprised of a core of rigid foam insulation between two skins of wood, oriented strand board (OSB), aluminum or steel structural panels that can be used in exterior walls, roofs and floors for residential and light commercial construction. The “sandwich” nature of the panels enables them to be both very strong and insulate very efficiently.
ICFs for Speed and Efficiency
Construction using ICFs have many of the same benefits of SIPs on the jobsite. Because they are pre-manufactured, they install quicker than conventional concrete forms. Since they are left in place, they also reduce the labor normally required to strip the forms after the concrete hardens.
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) are ordinarily constructed with polystyrene forms that are intended to remain attached to the concrete placed into the center of the wall. The ICF is both a form for the concrete pour and then acts as insulation for the wall once the concrete has hardened.
Engineered for Strength and Function
Both SIPs and ICFs require very specific engineering to ensure they perform to their peak capabilities providing structural strength and exceptional insulation and energy-efficiency. ASES has enjoyed engineering beautiful and efficient structures with both SIPs and ICFs for decades. Our expertise with these building systems ensures both energy-efficient and cost-effective construction solutions for your building structure.
SIPs are Efficient and Strong
Construction using SIPs can be a very efficient building method that eliminates many of the weak insulating points of conventional construction. With fewer structural members (2-bys) interrupting the insulation envelope as well as outstanding air infiltration characteristics, SIPs are extremely energy efficient, while still providing exceptional structural strength. Because SIPs are typically pre-engineered and factory fabricated to very tight tolerances before being shipped to the site for assembly, on-site construction is greatly streamlined and minimizes labor and weather delays. This process dramatically reduces the cost of labor and time typically found with conventionally stud-framed structures.