YEOVILContemporary Patio, Perth
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Good to know:OSB is not waterproof, so depending on what the rigid outers of your SIP product are made from, you may have to install an additional cladding product to the exterior walls, which can increase costs. Inside the home, however, this isn’t an issue, and you can save time and dollars by leaving the face of the SIP walls exposed. This has been done to great effect in this Perth, WA home, designed by David Barr Architects: the gently textural, honey-toned OSB is showcased as a design feature and lends a cosy warmth to the large living spaces.SIPs are available in a range of pre-cut standard sizes, or can be custom-manufactured based on your house/extension design. Thanks to their thick foam core, SIPs offer excellent insulation properties and there is no need to include additional insulation during construction. They are commonly specified in Passivhaus design.
What Are SIPs Made Of?Each panel contains two outer engineered skins with an insulating foam core. These skins are typically oriented strand board (OSB) but may also be magnesium oxide, plywood, sheet metal or fibre cement. Get the look of timber without the cost of solid wood
SIPs can be used for fully load-bearing or simple partition walls, as well as ceilings. They reduce material costs and site labour time, and the panel technology is ideal for creating airtight and energy-efficient buildings. This extension to the rear of this federation home is constructed from SIPs and is a prototype for a relatively low-cost and sustainable type of contemporary home addition.