SIPs association recognizes sustainable building projects

SIPs association recognizes sustainable building projects

Interior of the Beineke renovation. Photos courtesy of SIPA.

Awards were presented in eight categories at the 14th Annual Structural Insulated Panel Association Building Excellence Awards, April 5, during the association’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference.

The projects were scored on four criteria including how the use of structural insulated panels (SIPs) resulted in quantifiable energy efficiency; design and structural engineering innovation; creative use of SIP construction; and overall environmental sustainability.

Beineke Renovation

“With more than 40 entries in this year’s competition, the winning projects represent the finest SIPs construction. We will share these case studies with builders as we continue our path toward mainstreaming energy efficient SIP construction across the world,” said SIPA Executive Director, Jack Armstrong.

The 2016 Building Excellence Award Non-Residential Overall Winner was awarded to the Rocky Mt. Institute Innovation Center. Submitted by Premier SIPS, the office building accommodates 50 staff, plus 80 people in the convening space and serves as a living classroom for sustainable design and construction. The building is the largest Passive House Certified office building in the U.S., exceeding the Architecture 2030 Challenge Goals and earning all 19 LEED energy points.

SIPs combined with strict construction details helped provide an air-tight design of 0.36 ACH for improving energy efficiency. In fact, the Innovation Center uses 74% less energy than the average building in this climate (as determined by Energy Star). SIPs were both in the walls and in the innovative curved roof panels.

The competition’s Residential Overall Winner was the Beineke house renovation project submitted by submitted by GreenTech Construction with panels manufactured by MM&I RenegadePanels. This approximately 4,500-square-foot 1872 timber-framed home was renovated with a ready-to-assemble SIPs package that not only maximized the home’s energy performance but, also improved its structural integrity. Additionally, the factory-precut panels improved the speed and accuracy of installation. The resulting 47 HERS Index and the extensive reuse of existing building materials makes this project a useful prototype for sustainable energy retrofits across the country.

Awards in each of the following eight categories were given to the firms listed below: 

  • Affordable Housing: Sugar Mills Villas, St. Croix, submitted by Innova Eco Building System.
    Sugar Mills Villas
  • Agricultural: Organic Greenhouse, submitted by Innova Eco Building System.
  • Commercial/Industrial/Institutional over 10,000 sq. ft.: Rocky Mt. Institute Innovation Center, submitted by Premier SIPS.
  • Commercial/Industrial/Institutional less than 10,000 sq. ft.: Blue Wave on the Bay Hotel & Store, submitted by Enercept Structural Insulated Panels
  • Multifamily: Lake Area Suites, submitted by Enercept Structural Insulated Panels
  • Renovations: Beineke House Renovation, submitted by GreenTech Construction.
  • Single Family Homes over 3,000 sq. ft.: Twin Mountain Home, submitted by Foard Panel Structural Insulated Panels.
  • Single Family Homes less than 3,000 sq. ft.: Dunn Residence, submitted by Extreme Panel Technologies.

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Topics: Building Green, Foundations, Lumber and Structured Panels, Thermal Envelope

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