In the past, structural insulated panel or SIPs were associated with prefab or modular building construction and with cheap construction, limited design styles, short life expectancy, and low flexibility. However, the technology of SIPs has evolved, and now a flat pack house of a very high quality can be created to your custom design and tailored to suit your requirements.
So how does a flat pack house made from SIPs compare with a brick house?
– A Brick House takes many professional builders a long time to construct, which makes it expensive when it comes to labour costs and requires many people with specific skills to create.
– A Flat Pack House can be constructed off-site, (which eliminates the cost of waste removal) and is delivered to your property by a lorry. A three bedroom flat pack house can be constructed in less than one week, from the bare foundation to a house that is fully airtight and watertight. This quicker construction time makes a huge difference in labour costs.
– The cost of heating a traditional three bedroom Brick House is approximately 1500 Pounds per year.
– The heating costs for a Flat Pack House of the same size would be approximately 150 Pounds per year.
– With a Brick House, insulation will need to be added to the walls to keep the inside warm during winter.
– The structural insulated panels of a Flat Pack House are made from thermally efficient polyurethane core and are excellent at insulting. The walls of the Brick House could be six times thicker before they would have the same insulating properties.
– Constructing a traditional Brick House will generate a lot of waste, which is not only hard on the environment but also inconvenient and expensive to remove.
– Because a Flat Pack House is constructed offsite, there is much less onside waste which is more efficient for your budget and the environment.
– The material costs and the labour costs of a traditional Brick House are very high, compared to the less expensive construction of a Flat Pack House.
– With a traditional Brick House, there are limits to the style and design of the building because of the restrictions of the building materials.
– Structural insulated panels are much more flexible, and because of their strength they have no need for trusses, which means that unique and creatively shaped living spaces can be created.
When SIPs construction is compared with traditional building materials, it is clear that this innovative material has many advantages.
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