Used for pipes and process equipment, the potential of mechanical insulation to play a significant role in reducing energy intensity is immense, but it is often specified incorrectly or, more frequently, not adequately maintained.
Two critical aspects of sustainable construction are long-term durability and energy efficiency. The latter is a measure of whole building performance, which depends on the envelope as well as the building systems and occupant behavior.
Designing and constructing with structural insulated panels (SIPs) can create a tight, energy-efficient building envelope. As with other high-performance wall and roof assemblies, managing air flow and moisture is necessary for maximizing energy savings, occupant comfort, and building longevity.