Commercial, residential projects recognized with SIPA awards

Commercial, residential projects recognized with SIPA awards

Al’s Pheasant Ranch & Lodge by Enercept won in the category of commercial/industrial above 10,000 square feet. Photo courtesy of SIPA

Several commercial and residential projects were recognized last month at the 15th Annual Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Building Excellence Awards.

Judges scored the projects 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.

SIPA is a non-profit association dedicated to increasing the use and acceptance of SIPs in green, high-performance building by providing an industry forum for promotion, communication, education, quality assurance and technical and marketing research. SIPs are a high-performance, panelized building system that offers superior thermal performance, airtightness and durability for energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings.

The 2017 Building Excellence Awards recipients were:

Overall Competition Winner and First Place Single Family Homes above 3,000 square feet – Parfitt Residence by Premier SIPs/CVH Builder & Zero-Energy Plans. The SIPs walls and roof make this home energy efficient by adding continuous ground-to-roof insulation while eliminating the thermal bridging and air infiltration associated with stick-framed construction. Due to SIPs, the building team was able to install and dry in the entire roof in just one day.

The project is in Anacortes, Wash., and achieved a Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) of -19 with an air leakage rate of only 0.82 air changes per hour (ACH).

Overall Competition Runner-up and First Place Single Family Homes below 3,000 square feet – Justin Residence by Extreme Panel Technologies/Stinson Builders. SIPs provided a unique solution for this home designed without ridge beams. In fact, per the builder, only SIPs could deliver the combined structural and energy performance required to meet the project’s net-zero energy goals. This home is in Mendota Heights, Minn., and achieved a HERS of 23 with an air leakage rate of 0.91 ACH.

First Place Commercial/Industrial above 10,000 square feet – Al’s Pheasant Ranch & Lodge by Enercept. The 20-room lodge featuring post and beam construction and vaulted ceilings is a perfect display of how SIPs support design flexibility for timber framed construction. The SIP walls and roof not only made building faster and easier, but it also limits the exposure of the timbers to the weather. The project is in Emery, S.D.

First Place Commercial/Industrial below 10,000 square feet – Ideation Design Group by Enercept.

Using SIPs reduced construction time of this 42-person design studio. The exterior walls were framed, sheathed and insulated in four days with only four men. The project is in Phoenix.

First Place Agriculture – West River Vet Clinic by Enercept. SIPs fast-track installation means that crews can complete the interiors of this energy-tight veterinary clinic during the winter months with only two temporary heaters. The project is in Hettinger, N.D.

First Place Affordable Housing – Modernista House, Innova Eco Building System/Capital Group Developments. With dramatic 12-foot ceilings, the energy-efficient home exemplifies energy-efficient modern design made possible with SIPs. Miami-Dade County approved magnesium oxide skinned SIPs provided a unique advantage to this job due to its 180-mph hurricane resistance rating. The project is in Pompano Beach, Fla., and achieved a HERS of 68 with an air leakage rate of 2.8 ACH.

First Place Renovation –Peace Church, Energy Panel Structures. Using 10-inch thick SIPs to renovate a church roof with vaulted ceilings increased energy efficiency, the construction speed while preserving the buildings ecclesiastical design – all at a cost less than conventional framing with spray foam.

Additionally, the construction crew reported that jumbo SIPs panels further increased efficiencies and speed while reducing labor. The project is in Rochester, Minn.

To learn more about these projects, the runners up and SIPs, visit


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