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FAQs

Bio-SIP™ (biological-based Structural Insulated Panels) are eco-friendly building materials that use recycled plastic bottles (PET) for the insulating core, and natural fiber skins for the structural facings. They provide an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient alternative to traditional SIP panels and can be used in various construction applications.

Bio-SIP™ have excellent thermal performance. This reduces the energy required for heating and cooling a building, resulting in lower energy consumption and utility bills.

Bio-SIP™ are versatile and can be used in a wide range of residential and commercial construction projects, including new builds, extensions, and renovations. However, it is essential to consult a professional to ensure the Bio-SIP™ building system is suitable for your specific project. Certain factors, such as local building regulations, climate conditions, and project requirements may affect the suitability of Bio-SIP™ for a particular construction project. Working with an experienced professional will help you determine if Bio-SIP™ are the right choice for your project, and how you can optimise their use for maximum energy efficiency and sustainability.

Here are some additional examples of buildings where Bio-SIP™ can be employed:

  • Single-family homes: Bio-SIP™ are an excellent choice for constructing energy-efficient and sustainable single-family homes. They can be used for both new construction and home extensions.
  • Multi-family residential buildings: Bio-SIP™ can be utilised in the construction of multi-family residential buildings, such as townhouses, and apartment complexes, to improve energy efficiency and reduce the overall environmental impact.
  • Modular and prefabricated homes: Bio-SIP™ can be incorporated into modular and prefabricated home designs, providing a more sustainable option for these types of construction.
  • Tiny homes and Annex: Due to their high insulation value and space-saving design, Bio-SIP™ can be an excellent choice for constructing tiny homes or an annex.
  • Educational facilities: Bio-SIP™ can be used for constructing schools, colleges, and other educational buildings, creating healthier and more energy-efficient learning environments.
  • Commercial buildings: Office buildings, retail spaces, and other commercial structures can benefit from using Bio-SIP™ for their energy efficiency and sustainable features.
  • Agricultural buildings: Bio-SIP™ can be used in constructing barns, greenhouses, or other agricultural buildings, providing a more sustainable option for these types of structures.
  • Community centres and recreational facilities: Bio-SIP™ can be employed in the construction of community centres, sports facilities, or other recreational buildings, promoting energy efficiency and eco-friendly practices.
  • Eco-tourism lodge cabins: Bio-SIP™ can be used in the construction of eco-friendly lodging and facilities for eco-tourism, such as eco-resorts, cabins, or campgrounds, reducing the environmental impact of tourism.

The Bio-SIP™ is more expensive than traditional SIP’s due to the higher cost of sustainable materials. However, the natural fibre skins are weather resistant, and so there is no need for an external breathable membrane (house wrap). The insulation is closed cell, so no need for internal vaper control. The Bio-SIP™ is much lighter than traditional SIP’s and spline joins are already integrated, making the build much faster. This initial investment can be offset by long-term energy savings and reduced environmental impact.

Bio-SIP™ generally require low maintenance, similar to traditional SIPs. It is essential to ensure proper installation in the first place. Regular inspections and timely repairs, if needed, will help maintain the integrity of your Bio-SIP™ building.

Bio-SIP™ can be used for load-bearing walls in certain applications. The structural integrity and load-bearing capacity depend on the specific materials and design of the Bio-SIP™. It’s essential to consult with a professional engineer or architect to determine the suitability of Bio-SIP™ for your project’s load-bearing requirements.

The lifespan of Bio-SIP™ can be comparable to that of traditional SIPs, which can last for several decades with proper installation, maintenance, and care. Factors such as environmental conditions and quality of installation can impact the longevity of Bio-SIP™.

Yes, Bio-SIP™ can be combined with other sustainable building techniques, such as solar panels, green roofs, or rainwater harvesting systems, to create an even more eco-friendly and energy-efficient building. Consult with a professional to determine the best combination of sustainable practices for your specific project.