SIPs in Social Housing

SIPs in Social Housing
As you will or have discovered in our book I am a big fan of SIPs both in the economic value they bring construction but in the high quality of the home they produce. Today I pulled this off of Proud Green Home as an interesting development in social housing.

Low-income homebuilder experiments with SIP construction to replace concrete block
Tags: Foundations
May 16, 2013
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A non-profit homebuilder in Florida is experimenting with structural insulated panels (SIPS) to build a home in a historic neighborhood.

The Florida Home Partnership has teamed up with Hillsborough County and the Gramatica Group to build their first home in Plant City using an energy-efficient Structural Insulated Panel system.

Executive Director Earl Pfeiffer told the Tampa Tribune the group chose to experiment with SIPs because homes built with the panels “have an extremely high insulation value and as a result use very energy for heating and cooling, adding that because of the insulation it is projected that a washer and drier will consume more energy than the heating and cooling systems in the home.”

A SIP is a panel made up of is made up of foam insulation sandwiched between two wood panels inside the perimeter walls.

Florida Home Partnership, a non-profit homebuilder, offers affordable homeownership opportunities to low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers through the USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing Program.

The Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Office asked the company to build an energy efficient home under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The home will be built in an historic preservation neighborhood in Plant City. That means the home will have to meet historic preservation requirements as well.

The SIPs in the project are produced by the Gramatica Group a building product company owned former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Martin Gramatica, along with his brothers.

The Partnership typically builds concrete block homes, about 600 so far for low-income residents. The company offers 11 different home designs, with 3 or 4 bedrooms and 2 baths with a 1- or 2-car garage. Every home is built to ENERGY STAR standards.

About Trevor

I have lived in Costa Rica for 14 years and have been active in real estate development over that period and construction in general. I am a qualified Journeyman carpenter and cabinetmaker from Canada. My current focus project is building custom green homes and housing packages all built out of Magnesium Oxide SIPs.

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