Category Archives: SIPs

Structural Insulated Panels

Verifying the Electrical Chases in Our SIPs are Clear

We spent the day working on the electrical chases in the gable roofs.  The chases must be ‘open’ throughout their length so the electrical wiring can be completed.  Any chases that are blocked are not acceptable. This is our last chance to verify these chases are 100% clear and electrical wires can be run unobstructed […]

Integrating Our Drainage System

There is no point being ‘weather tight’ until we can move water from our roof to the storm sewer.  Given our desire to harvest all of the rainwater on our roof for landscape irrigation, with our underground cistern, this becomes a bit complicated.  Like our entire project … Rainwater Capture System – Design Overview When […]

‘Tyveking’ Our Roof

OK, ‘Tyvek’ isn’t a verb.  But, then again, neither is ‘Google’.  But everyone ‘Googles’ people, materials, terms, etc.  We ‘Tyveked’ our roof today. Dave Edwards’ two-person team from Earth Bound Homes worked all day putting building wrap (Tyvek) over the flat and gable roofs.  The Tyvek needs to be in place before Akeena Solar puts […]

Verifying Our Insulation Performance and Value

We are getting closer to putting the tapered insulation down on our flat roofs so we can put the membrane on and get water tight.  Before doing so, we verified that the SIP roof has no ‘voids’ in the insulation where the individual pieces come together.  In anticipation of the next step, becoming weather tight, […]