SIPA Update
Jul. 10, 2015

SIP Design Guide Phase I on track for July 2016 delivery
SIPA's landmark technical project to provide the design community detailed design specifications and commentary is on track for delivery of "Phase 1" next Summer 2016 along with the beta release of an Interactive Design Software for the first four detailed design examples for public use and comment. A second beta release of the Interactive Design Software adding in examples five and six will follow December 2016. "Phase 2" which includes design examples based on each chapter of the design specifications will be released Summer 2017. The entire project will be complete Summer 2018. See the attached calendar for the detailed roll-out schedule.More

New SIPA Project Highlights showcase 2015 multi-family Building Excellence Winner
This month's featured Project Highlight is the Park Row Apartments project which won the multi-family category of the 2015 SIPA Building Excellence Awards.

Built by Southwest Minnesota Housing Specialist, the Park Row Apartments in St. Peter, Minnesota, use Energy Panel Structure SIPs for the walls as a key part of its high performance building enclosure for this low income rental facility. Large jumbo SIP panels were used with precut headers to speed installation and get the project back on schedule after numerous bad weather winter delays. The project achieved an impressive HERS 54 with blower door test rates of less than 3 Air Changes per hour (ACH50). There were two 20 unit complexes each with two floors for 26.4 Kft2/building.

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4 advantages of metal roofing
Whether it's time to replace your existing roof or you're thinking about upgrading your home in the future, chances are you haven't heard all that much about metal roofing. Although wood and asphalt shingles are the most popular materials out there, they pale in comparison to the benefits a metal roof can provide. Unmatched in longevity, durability, and cost-effectiveness, metal roofing is also gaining popularity for its myriad eco-friendly benefits as well. Below, we've listed the four biggest advantages to installing a metal roof, and why this is one upgrade you seriously need to consider during your next home renovation. More

Survey: Building envelope materials selection
Professional Builder
More than half of the 255 respondents in Professional Builder's survey said that they tried new building-envelope products or construction methods in the past two years, and 31 percent were still assessing the benefits of those new approaches. However, 21 percent indicated that they were pleased with their trials. Building-envelope components are out of sight and out of mind for buyers. Consequently, only a third of builders noted that building envelope construction was a top concern for their clients compared with 54 percent who said that other factors were more important than understanding the long-term benefits of a quality-built shell for their home. Thirteen percent indicated that the envelope was not a factor at all in their customers’ buying decision.More

Prefab revolution? Factory houses are the secret to green building
The Conversation
The building sector globally currently consumes more energy than the transport sector or the industry sector. It is also the biggest polluter, with the biggest potential for significant cuts to greenhouse gas emissions compared to other sectors, at no cost. Buildings offer an easily accessible and highly cost-effective opportunity to reach energy targets. A green building is one that minimizes energy use during design, construction, operation and demolition. The need to reduce energy use during the operation of buildings is now commonly accepted around the world. More

Study: Today's buyer plan to live in homes an average of 20 years
San Jose Mercury News
In another sign the housing market continues to heal, people who lost a home in the Great Recession are looking to buy again and both younger wage earners who are forming households and other buyers say they plan to live in their homes longer than in previous years, according to an annual survey released recently. The results of the California Association of Realtors "2015 Survey of California Home Buyers" generally reflect a shift toward buying patterns more common before the market meltdown during the middle of the last decade.More