Structural insulated panels, commonly known as SIPs, are made by sandwiching insulation between two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB).

The panels are strong (often requiring little further support), and offer good U-values and excellent airtightness.

These seven homes all feature SIPs in their construction.

1. An Energy-Efficient Barn Style Home

A Barn Style Home Featuring Structural Insulated Panels
  • Location: Stirling, Scotland
  • Build cost: £474,000 (£1,185/m²)

Homeowner Colin Amor chose to build his barn-style home using SIPs to make his home as airtight and energy-efficient as possible.

2. Contemporary-style Oak Frame Home

Charming oak frame home using structural insulated panels (SIPs)
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Build cost: £301,000 (£1,881/m²)

After struggling to find a suitable home when wanting to downsize, Sue Crowe opted for self build. Her contemporary oak frame home features structural insulated panels which were erected quickly and offered remarkable U-values at a reasonable cost.

3. Characterful Oak Frame Cottage

Charming oak frame and SIPs cottage
  • Location: Cambridgeshire
  • Build cost: £200,000 (£909/m²)

Rebecca and Matthew Stenson’s oak frame self build has been clad using SIPs and finished externally with a traditional lime render, proving that an understated cottage style can be achieved on a modest budget.

4. An Unusual SIPs Home

Self build home in suburban Manchester featuring structural insulated panels
  • Location: Manchester
  • Build cost: Undisclosed

Isobel Heyworth’s self-designed new home has been constructed using SIPs and is considered a benchmark for new houses in her Manchester suburb.

5. A South-Facing Cornish Self Build

SIPs self build in Cornwall
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Build cost: £360,000 (£1,333/m²)

Beccy and Steve Kestin have built an energy-efficient home, choosing structural insulated panels for their fast construction time and airtightness. Despite its extensive use of glazing, the property is superbly insulated thanks to the SIPs.

6. Timber Clad Oak Frame Home

Energy-efficient timber clad home using SIPs
  • Location: Cambridgeshire
  • Build cost: £941,000 (£2,476/m²)

First-time self builders Caroline and Julian Owen encased the walls of their oak frame self build in SIPs to satisfy their desire for an energy-efficient home.

7. Striking Riverside Self Build

Striking riverside self build using SIPs
  • Location: Lewes, East Sussex
  • Build cost: £850,000

Stephen Yeomans has incorporate SIPs into his head-turner of a self build. The panels were used for the roof and first floor walls, which were then wrapped in an expanded corten steel mesh.

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