SR468 Fire performance of structural insulated panels (SIPs) for residential buildings (2022)
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- Anna Walsh, David Carradine, Kai Li, Kevin Frank and Gorge Hare.
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- Research report
Construction using structural insulated panels (SIPs) has been suggested as one possible solution to New Zealand’s urgent need for fast, affordable and quality homes.
SIPs for residential construction have a relatively short history of use in New Zealand, and therefore little information is available about their performance in a local context.
This report considers the fire performance of SIPs based on overseas and New Zealand literature at both a material and building level.
This literature review presents observations and findings from overseas and New Zealand literature to understand how SIPs perform in fire scenarios.
The main focus of this review has been on SIPs systems used for residential construction, although learnings from commercial applications have been included as relevant.
In addition, the work has considered fire safety regulations in a selection of countries and how compliance of SIPs buildings is managed in those jurisdictions, including New Zealand.