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EZ SIPS – Word on the Street

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Hi, welcome to the EZ SIPS blog at www.structuralinsulatedpanels.com. I just sold an EZ SIPS order to a builder in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and he’s excited to see the results. Last week it was a development in Sioux City, Iowa. The nice thing is that we have a network of EPS manufacturers across North America, so the panels are manufactured close to the build site.

We’re finding that it’s mostly stick-frame builders who are interested in EZ SIPS. They like the idea of building foam insulation right into the wall as they build. So do I. Let me tell you a bit about the history of EZ SIPS.

Back in the 1990s, I worked with a company that manufactured and sold EPS panels that fit in between studs. Walking down the wall, you would see ‘panel, stud, panel, stud, panel…’. Kind of like fiberglass bats, but closed-cell EPS foam instead. It was a good product, but since EPS is rigid, there was the possibility of space between studs and panels…and where there’s space, there’s airflow.

It wasn’t until much later that I thought back to that product and started daydreaming. ‘What if you made the panels biggerand thicker, with a thermal break flange to connect the pieces, and cut out space for the studs?’ The idea for EZ SIPS was born. Next up: EZ SIPS for roof insulation!