The UK government has a target for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016. According to level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the national standard set out by the Building Research Establishment, all emissions from homes and any activities taking place within them have to have a net zero carbon impact over the period of one year. This target, combined with more environmentally conscious house hunters, has made the building industry turn to structural insulated panels (SIPs) as the future of housing, reports SIPFIT Direct (http://www.structuralinsulatedpanels.co.uk/).
A huge amount of the energy used by the UK construction industry comes from the making and transporting of building materials – cut this energy consumption down and you significantly reduce that of the building industry as a whole and, as a result, a fair percentage of all UK energy consumption. SIPs manufacturers are capable of building thousands upon thousands of homes each year thanks to the swift and efficient manufacturing processes involved and the fact that the shell of a flat pack house can be erected in a matter of hours. SIPs are quick to manufacture and a flat pack house comes largely complete, cutting back on transport costs of the individual composite materials.
The construction process with SIPs also creates far less waste than traditional construction methods, no substances which deplete the ozone are used in the process and the inherent thermal performance of the insulated panels means that less heating is needed and carbon dioxide emissions are kept to a minimum: impressive environmental credentials.
If the UK government is to meet the stringent target of all new homes being zero carbon by 2016, and if it is to meet the general nationwide need for more affordable housing, it has to turn to new construction methods such as the revolutionary SIPs building system. Find out more about SIPs and flat pack house construction at http://www.structuralinsulatedpanels.co.uk/.