“Whether you are planning to build an extension or designing a property from scratch, using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) is a great way to create a strong and eco-friendly design.”
MAGAZINE may 2013
“WE WERE AMAZED AT HOW QUICK OUR EXTENSION WAS BUILT , THE SIP STRUCTURE WAS DELIVERED , ERECTED AND MADE WATER TIGHT IN THE SAME DAY . WE HAVE BEEN USING ROCKWOOD FOR 7 YEARS NOW SO WE KNEW THE QUALITY OF THEIR WORK WAS EXCEPTIONAL . WHAT WE REALLY LOVED ABOUT THE SIPS BUILD WAS THERE WERE NO BUILDING MATERIALS STORED IN OUR GARDEN OR DRIVEWAY , WE HARDLY KNEW WE HAD BUILDERS WORKING THERE . ALL THE MATERIALS WERE BROUGHT TO SITE EACH DAY AS REQUIRED AND RUBBISH TAKEN AWAY EACH NIGHT , SO WE DID’NT NEED TO HAVE A SKIP PARKED ON OUR DRIVE”
SIPs Case Study
Breighton, North Yorkshire.
“The new stonework matches the existing to perfection and if we didn’t know the inner skin was SIPS it would be impossible to tell from traditional build except possibly that the rooms are square and the thermal quality is better”
“2 weeks after the structure was brought to site we were able to occupy the finished bedrooms.”
“The whole team (including sub-contractors) took pride in their work and with the finished job. They were polite and carried out the work with the minimum of disturbance and offered sensible suggestions.”
BYRON & JANET BAILEY,
( full testimonial at bottom of this page )
WHAT ARE SIPS
Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are a high performance building system for residential and light commercial construction. The panels consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB).
SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective. Building with SIPs will save you time, money and labour.
SIP WALL EXTERIOR
BRICK AND STONE These are tied to the SIP wall with stainless steel ties screwed to the face of the panel, leaving a 50mm cavity between.
BLOCK AND RENDER Tied to the SIP wall as above then finished with either a traditional sand & cement render or a silicone based coloured render.
BRICK SLIP SYSTEMS A cost effective method of achieving a brick finish
RENDER BOARD SYSTEMS Silicon based render is applied over a cement board which is fixed to treated battens attached to the external SIP wall. Available in a range of colours
TIMBER CLADDING One of the most compatible boarding materials used with SIPs is Cedar. The timber boarding is beautiful to look at and is very durable. It is fixed to treated softwood counter battens that are attached to the SIP walls.
Many other cladding options are available
SIPS have been used extensively in the USA over the past 50 years but are now a popular choice in uk construction.
SIPS are environmentally friendly and ecologically sound , they are the innovative building construction method of the 21st century.
Using SIPS to build your home, extension or garden room allows us to construct your building in our workshop at the same time as our ground works team are on site forming foundations floors and drainage.
The building is then dismantled, delivered to site and usually erected and made water tight in 1 day.
The SIP panel replaces the internal leaf of a traditional cavity wall. This wall is the main structure of a building as it supports upper floors and roof structures.
So using SIPS we can build all these structures in our workshop which has many benefits;
1) Rapid build times , once the SIP structure has been erected on site multiple trades can be completing their work at the same time . Depending on size and complexity of the project you could be living in your new building in as little as 2 weeks.
2) Most materials are stored in our workshop keeping your driveway and garden clear .
3) All cutting of timber , panels , plasterboard etc is all done in our workshop keeping your property clean , tidy and dust free.
4) We only require a skip on site for the initial ground work phase, after this any other waste is taken back to our workshop skips every night keeping your property looking tidy.
5) The SIP construction method is not only convenient for the client but is usually cheaper than traditional blockwork construction.
6) SIPS offers greater design flexibility than traditional construction materials
Testimonial/Case Study – Rockwood Building Services
When Rockwood (Lee and Mickey) were in the process of upgrading their website they asked me as a recent client if I would provide feedback on how the improvement and renovation works at my 1960’s built bungalow had gone. As I was very pleased with the how Rockwood had performed and the quality of the work I was happy to do so and offered to write up the testimonial as a case study.
The project was to demolish an existing garage to the side of the property and construct a single storey extension to provide 2 bedrooms; construct a single storey extension to the rear to form a dining room; carry out internal remodelling to move the existing kitchen into the existing master bedroom; convert the existing 2nd bedroom to form en-suite wetroom and separate utility room; form new family bathroom and entrance hallway and replace windows. The whole scheme was to be carried out with my wife and I in occupation.
We had recently moved to York therefore I needed to start from scratch in finding builders to carry out the works. I am a Building Surveyor with over 40 year’s construction experience and well aware of the perils and pitfalls of employing poor tradesmen.
I was impressed with work a neighbour property and they were happy to give me Rockwood’s details; I also had recommendations of other builders from friends and details of a builder who I had seen working locally. I asked these builders to visit and gave them a specification to quote for works. Pricing was very competitive and all quotes came in very close with the eventual winner being Rockwood Building Services.
At this stage Lee asked if I would be interested in Rockwood constructing the inner skin of the extensions using structural insulated panels (SIP’s) instead of traditional build, for the same cost. I was aware of the benefit of SIP’s and had previously enquired with manufacturers regarding building in this manner however, they did not know of anybody local to York who carried out extensions only new build properties.
I had obtained quotes for a full rewire and new heating and hot water system, but asked Lee to obtain alternative quotes using their regular specialist sub-contractors. Due to the disjointed work programme the existing heating and electrics were to be maintained while the new systems was installed until a suitable switch over could be achieved. The quotes obtained were competitive and we used these contractors who performed very well and fitted in with the build programme. I would also recommend these contractors.
We agreed a start date and programme of work. I had already obtained planning consent and agreed that the works would be completed using the Building Notice route rather than submitting full plans to Building Control which could have delayed start.
Two weeks before the start date Lee and Micky carried out a full detailed measured survey opening up areas and taking laser levels to enable drawings to be produced for the proposed SIP’s structure and structural calculations.
As promised Mickey turned up on time on the allotted start date with his ground work team and despite the appalling weather they demolished the garage. The groundwork’s were completed to the Building Inspectors satisfaction and in line with programme.
During this period the main SIP’s structure was constructed in the workshop which we were able to inspect it before it was delivered.
2 weeks after starting on site the structure arrived, was erected and made weather tight the same day. This enabled first fix heating and electrics to be fitted the next day while the new roof was being joined to the existing roof and access to the new wet room commenced. 2 days later ground work for the 2nd extension to form the dining room commenced.
2 weeks after the structure was brought to site we were able to occupy one of the finished bedrooms.
Before the SIP’s structure for the dining room we asked if it have a vaulted ceiling to this area. This change was accommodated with no additional expense or change to programme.
Lee suggested the inclusion of a timber clad veranda outside the dining room which was to have bi-fold doors which we asked him to price prior to approving go ahead. We are very pleased with the result. I had said to Lee previously that I fancied incorporating a curved wall between the hall and new bathroom. Lee shared my enthusiasm and the resulting work produced a stunning feature to both areas.
In week 7 the dining room structure was erected, first fix electrics and heating to the kitchen and dining room was carried out and this area was plastered. The wet room and utility room (which provided a temporary kitchen) were also completed. By the end of week 8 the installation of the new kitchen had commenced; the former bathroom and wall between the existing entrance lobby and kitchen were also demolished.
The new stonework completed by Mickey compliments and matches the existing stonework to perfection and if we didn’t know the inner skin was SIPS it would be impossible to tell from traditional build except possibly that the rooms are square and that the thermal quality is better.
The whole team (including sub-contractors) took pride in their work and with the finished job. They were polite and carried out the work with the minimum of disturbance and offered sensible suggestions. Through choice we had some additional work carried out which was competitively priced and the main work finished to programme and budget. I have already recommended Rockwood and the sub-contractors to friends and neighbours.