Category Archives: Energy Efficient Home Design

ICF vs SIP

           I’m often asked, “which is better, ICF or SIP?” And to be honest, I ask myself that same question. There isn’t a proven answer. Well, that is, unless you ask an ICF or SIP dealer. What I do know, is that they are both drastically better than conventional stick-framing. As far as which system…
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Passive Solar Heating

Passive solar SIP residential 4-Plex, Architecture & General Contracting by Sunlight Homes Energy efficiency comes in many different forms, from meeting strict Passivhaus (passive house) standards to simply orienting your home for southerly sun exposure. Even the tightest of budgets can take advantage of principles humans have recognized since prehistoric times - the sun warms you…
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Structural Insulated Panels

Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) combine high R-value with excellent strength, air-tightness, and the inherent benefits of pre-fabricated, panelized construction. However, they do require attention to detail and knowledge of industry preferences when designing. How to transfer loads across floor framing, how to replace the shear strength taken away by the large openings characteristic of today’s…
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Insulating Concrete Forms

Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) have combined commercial structural strength with energy consciousness into a system that is feasible for all types of projects, including cost-conscience residential. Whether you’re building in high wind or seismic region, or if you just want a quiet, energy-efficient, and durable home that you can construct without needing access to traditional…
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