RESNET Enters Into Strategic Alliance with the Structural Insulated Panel Association

May 4th, 2011 - Posted by RESNET under Hot News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - May 2011

RESNET and the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together in promoting home energy performance in the U.S.

The major components of the MOU include:

  • SIPA communicating to its members the benefits of working with RESNET certified raters, having structural insulated panel  homes energy rated and marketing the HERS Index
  • RESNET providing education opportunities for certified raters to properly rate SIP homes
  • Having a SIPA representative serve on the RESNET Technical Committee’s Insulation Industry Advisory Council
  • Collaboration in advocating federal incentives for energy efficient construction
  • SIPA communicating to its members the opportunities of being designated as RESNET Energy Smart Contractors

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are high performance building panels used in floors, walls, and roofs for residential and light commercial buildings. The panels are typically made by sandwiching a core of rigid foam plastic insulation between two structural skins of oriented strand board (OSB). Other skin material can be used for specific purposes. SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be custom designed for each home. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective.

RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden commented, “SIPS offers a viable option to dramatically increase the energy performance of homes.  RESNET is excited to team up with the SIP industry to achieve our joint goal of improving home energy performance in the U.S.”

The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) is a non-profit trade association representing manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators/distributors, design professionals, and builders committed to providing quality structural insulated panels for all segments of the construction industry.

For information on the Structural Insulated Panel Association, click on SIPA

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