Architects know all too well the benefits of structural insulated panels—the tight, well-insulated building envelope they provide chief among them—and Dean is no exception. “Since structure, insulation, and sheathing are provided in one step, SIPs can [reduce] construction time,” she explains. The panels, which are constructed of foam sandwiched between oriented strand boards, are also lightweight, strong, and resource-efficient. Structural Insulated Panel Association, 253.858.7472; www.sips.org.
angela m. dean, aia, leed ap
salt lake city