Assessing structural insulated panels - Build 176 (2020)
- Assessing structural insulated panels - Build 176 (2020)
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Structural insulated panels are relatively new in New Zealand. To ensure they are suitable for local conditions, BRANZ has developed a robust test method. This gives manufacturers a way to demonstrate their durability.
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are prefabricated sandwich panels that are used for wall, roof and floor systems. SIPs are typically made of a layer of rigid insulating material between metal or timber-based outer skins.
This article consists of the following parts:
- Fast solution, but what about durability?
- BRANZ stepped in to fill gap
- Durability test method developed
- Assessment method
- Experimental work tested methodology
- Performance varied according to components
- Next stage – a more holistic approach
- Durability workstream
- Seismic performance
- Fire performance