Our proprietary OTechnology structural insulated panel and finish system ensures fast and easy assembly, lowered construction costs, optimum structural, and thermal performance, high durability, and low maintenance. The typical building industry uses structural insulated panels (SIPs), but many contain toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). OTechnology designs are constructed with our own unique SIPFS that include the highest level of sustainable building techniques with no VOC-polluting materials.
SIPFS are prefabricated insulated structural elements for use in building walls, ceilings, floors, and roofs. They provide superior and uniform insulation compared to more traditional construction methods (stud or “stick frame”), offering energy savings of 12%–14%. When installed properly, they also provide a more airtight dwelling, which makes a house more comfortable and quieter. Using SIPFS creates a superior building envelope with high thermal resistance and minimal air infiltration, creating an extremely energy efficient structure.
Insulation and air sealing lowers the monthly utility bills by reducing electric and gas use at the point of consumption. Due to the inefficiency of energy production and transmission, the small amount of electricity that is saved at the home reduces a larger amount of produced power demand at the power plant, thus reducing the demand for electrical power plants. Fewer required power plants means less air and water pollution as well as a reduction in the environmental impacts of resource extraction.
Health and / or Social Benefits
Our SIPFS designs allow for better control over indoor air quality because the airtight building envelope limits incoming air to controlled ventilation. Controlled ventilation filters out contaminants and allergens, and also allows for incoming air to be dehumidified, reducing the possibility for mold growth.
In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors. The families who live in homes that focus on creating better indoor air quality report fewer negative health effects, including asthma episodes.
All of the properties of the SIPFS create long-lasting economic benefits. The fast and easy assembly allows the structure to have lowered construction costs. The optimum structural and thermal performance allows for higher energy efficiency that saves money on utility needs for the lifetime of the structure. The high durability and low maintenance ensures extra spending is not necessary for repair fees. Overall, the economic benefit of the SIPFS pays off from the construction all the way to living conditions.
Green Building with SIPS (PDF)
Structural Insulated Panel Association Website
Tiny House Panel System – Update
Tiny House Design Website, September 2009