Net-zero energy home relies on steel insulated panels
Underneath the traditional Prairie-style architecture of this planned near net-zero energy home lies steel structural insulated panels, geothermal heating and cooling and other green building techniques. Photos show construction of a similar home using steel SIPs.
Large overhangs on all three levels help manage solar heat gain for heating and cooling the home, along with a geothermal system and R-40 insulation value from the steel structural insulated panels.
From the front, the high-performance eco-friendly elements blend unnoticed with the home’s Prairie Style roots. The goal of the home is to produce almost as much energy as the home consumers to virtually eliminate electric bills.
Hi-Tech Building Systems used steel SIPs on this home. The steel SIPs are easily handled on the job site and form framing, insulation and vapor barrier so walls go up quickly.
The steel SIPs are delivered to the site with framing for windows and doors, so there’s no job site waste and mess.
The steel SIPS are delivered assembled for the job, and the panels are impervious to moisture and insect infestation.
The steel SIPs are erected into steel tracks attached to the subflooring. The design and installation ensures a virtually airtight building envelope.
Steel SIPs integrate with standard framing techniques for roofing and interior walls.