How to Build a SIPs Home: A Step-by-Step Guide

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(Image credit: Nigel Rigden)

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) have long been a popular method for constructing houses in many Scandinavian countries — and are being used more and more here in the UK these days. 

A SIPs construction system is made up of pre-insulated panels, commonly made up of orientated strand board (OSB) sandwiched together with a rigid insulation core. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.