Structural Insulated Panels: What are the Pros and Cons?

construction of a house in the countryside using structural insulated panels
(Image credit: SIPS@Clays)

Structural insulated panels are a build system that can act as an alternative to traditions build methods such as brick and block. Abbreviated to SIPs, and sometimes erroneously called SIPs panels, they've become one of the most popular modern methods of construction in recent years.

Allan Corfield

Allan is a RIBA chartered architect and has overseen the design of over 350 low energy homes across the UK. He is one of the UK's leading experts on modern methods of construction including SIPs (structural insulated panels), is part of the Structural Timber Association, Passive House Trust and a member of the self build industry body, NaCSBA. He regularly contributes to Homebuilding & Renovating magazine and is a speaker and self build expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows. Since 2009, Allan has grown his custom and self build architectural practice, AC Architects, to a team of 16, and recently created AC Structures, a leading engineering business for self build projects.