Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) combine a core of insulating foam with outer layers or oriented strand board (OSB).

  1. Train yourself about zero energy construction or get trained people involved in the project as early as possible.
  2. Protect SIPs from damage. Stack the on site - dry and flat and off the ground, and organize them so they go up locally, that is panels on top of the stacks go up first.
  3. Get the right equipment for rigging and lifting heavy and awkward building components. A boom truck, for example, may be needed for heavy lifting, and specialized tools required for cutting panels where necessary.
  4. Make sure the foundation is accurate.
  5. Provide a drainage plan on both walls and roof to protect the panels from water damage.
  6. Minimizing air leaks is a primary goal, so know the details of connecting panels and running wires.
  7. Check drawing for accuracy and make sure that details on allowable spans are correct. Verify that point loads are adequately supported.
  8. Attach solar panels to the roof to minimize penetrations of the roof membrane. Here, clips for the panels were fastened  to raised metal seams without disrupting the roof membrane and increasing the risk of leaks.
  9. A single ridge beam to support the roof panels makes construction faster. Plan the distribution of labor and arrange for a boom truck to get the job done quickly and safety.
  10. Devise a sound construction plan to match the resources that will be available, and make sure that all subcontractors undersatnd what it is.