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Here you’ll find articles of interest to all Backyard Works customers, shed owners/lovers and those interested in adding a Backyard solution to their own backyard be it a shed, studio or Backyard Laneway House.

If you have any questions regarding Backyard Sheds construction or features or even DIY advice please let me know – leave a comment below or email your question through the Contact Us page. I’ll get back to you right away and you may even see your question featured here on the Backyard Works blog.

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Steve Curtis


Backyard Works and SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) Construction

Posted by: Rik | Posted on: September 17th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Up until recently, all our sheds and studios were built with traditional wood-framing systems and insulation materials. Because the demand for more environmentally-friendly building materials has vastly increased as well as our goal to build/install Backyard Studios quicker and more efficiently, we’re making a commitment to provide SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) built Studios to our customers.

The Structural Insulating Panel (SIP) System from Backyard Works is a “sandwich” of performance-rated oriented strand board (OSB) structurally laminated to a continuous core of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation.

The SIP System is an industry leading ready-to-assemble (RTA) system, which reduces construction time and improves efficiency.

Blueprints for your home are loaded into computerized factory equipment where SIPs are manufactured to our specifications, then delivered to your location as a ready-to-assemble building system.

 The energy efficiency of buildings built with the SIP System out-performs buildings constructed using wood-framed wall and roof systems in three main areas:

  1. SIPs wall and roof assemblies from Backyard Works contain less dimensional lumber. In wood-framed construction a thermal bridging is created between the exterior of the building and the finished interior when insulation is interrupted by wood studs which also leave more than 20% of the wall area uninsulated. SIP wall and roof assemblies provide higher R-values than typical wood-framed construction alternates as there are significantly fewer thermal bridges.
  2. Higher R-value keeps conditioned air in. The R-value of a wall or roof is a measure of its ability to keep heat from flowing through it. Higher R-value for walls and roof means less heat loss and less energy needed for heating and cooling.
  3. The closed cavity wall and roof design prevents air movement. In wood-framed construction, wall and roof R-value is decreased by insulation gaps around wood framing and by settling of insulation. These defects increase air leakage through the construction. This not only increases energy use, but can lead to condensation on the surfaces of wood components within assemblies. The continuous core of EPS insulation in a SIPs from Backyard Works, vastly reduces air leakage and heat loss, while also allowing better control of indoor air quality.

The SIP System allow us to construct your building more quickly, provides a more efficient insulated building and greatly reduces the material waste on site. Rather than taking a week to frame and insulate your studio the new SIP System will enable Backyard Works to have your studio shell up in a in ONE day.

While the cost will be a bit more than a traditional framed and insulated buildings, the savings in construction time and energy efficiency will more than justify the small increase in cost for this method of building. Contact us today for your quote for a SIP System built Backyard Works studio or home office.