In a past article, we addressed the question of whether log homes are energy efficient. However, today’s energy codes are becoming more stringent, and energy costs are rising. In response to this reality, potential homeowners sometimes ask us how we increase the energy efficiency of our log and timber homes.
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are the perfect product to pair with log and timber frame homes because of their structural strength, large panel size, and high R-value. The SIPS are created by structurally laminating a continuous core of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation between two performance-rated oriented strand boards (OSB).
EPS is a rigid closed cell foam plastic filled with air. Because the EPS is pressed into sheets, retains its shape, and does not settle, the R-value does not change or degrade over time. In addition, the sheets create a continuous core of EPS inside the SIP. This continuity reduces air leakage and heat loss by keeping the conditioned air inside the home. As a result, SIPs create homes that have high energy efficiency ratings and significantly lower energy costs.
Partnership with Insulspan
PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes uses SIP wall and roof panels manufactured by its sister company, Insulspan. This partnership offers many benefits to you.
First, as part of your home’s construction documents, the degreed architects at M.T.N. Design, the in-house design firm of PrecisionCraft, create manufacturing specifications for Insulspan to use. Because of their familiarity with the product, you can rest assured that the specifications meet Insulspan’s requirements. This saves time and money during the manufacturing stage.
Second, your project manager will coordinate the shipment of the SIPs, and logs and timbers with your build site’s readiness. The partnership between PrecisionCraft and Insulspan makes this coordination is easier. In addition, depending on where the timbers for your home are crafted, the SIPs and timbers may be shipped on the same truck. These elements create time and cost savings.
The final advantage of this partnership is found when the SIPs, logs, and timbers integrate flawlessly together during installation. Watching the easy construction of your home knowing that the products were designed to work together creates peace of mind.
To learn more, visit PrecisionCraft’s Energy Efficiency page.