Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) by Kingspan TEK®
SIPs Scotland is the specialist division of THCL building homes using SIPs (structural insulated panel systems) and is a Delivery Partner of the Kingspan Group TEK® Building System.
But what is Kingspan TEK®? The best way to describe it is by how it’s different to traditional construction methods which rely on bricks and blocks, or a conventional timber frame. The Kingspan TEK® Building System is based on structural insulated panels or SIPs for short. These panels are 142 mm or 172 mm thick and comprise of high performance fibre–free rigid urethane insulation sandwiched between two sheets of 15 mm Oriented Strand Board type 3 (OSB/3).
Not only are the panels exceptionally strong, they can be made up to 1.22 m wide and up to 7.45 m long and are joined together using a unique insulated jointing system to minimises air leakage which yields a more continuous layer of insulation in your walls and roof.
To illustrate this point, in a property constructed with traditional timber frame, the
repeating thermal bridges caused by timber studs in the walls,
and rafters in the roof, means that you could typically expect
15% of the walls and 9% of the pitched roof to be uninsulated.
By comparison, in a property constructed using the Kingspan
TEK® Building System (in a 142 mm thickness), as little as 4%
of the walls and 1% of the roof may be uninsulated. The overall
thermal performance of the Kingspan TEK® Building System,
which is provided by a combination of the high performance
insulation core of the panels, air tightness, and low thermal
bridging, can mean that a home’s heating system may be able
to be ‘down–sized’ considerably, which could save on both
capital and running costs.
In fact, the Kingspan TEK® Building System is the perfect high
performance building fabric solution for extremely low energy
buildings which require little or no heating at all, such as those
designed to Passivhaus standard. The Kingspan TEK® Building
System has been used as an integral component in delivering a
number of certified Passivhaus projects.
Kingspan TEK® is a Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) construction system, based on a traditional timber frame but using SIPs technology with insulated panels which are connected using a unique jointing system for wallks and roofs.
The system is a simple, but revolutionary, way of building a home quickly and with outstanding energy efficiency.
The Kingspan TEK® Building System is recognised by many of the leading building warrantee providers such as Building Life Plans, NHBC, Homebond and Zurich Municipal. It also holds a British Board of Agreement (BBA) Certification.
THCL are happy to work alongside clients, architects and designers where SIPS are required. We can also assist you with obtaining Planning and Building Regulations consent whether or not this is in conjunction with a THCL construction.
As a builder, we are happy to provide a SIPs option or provide a turn key service for your completed house.
THCL is a Kingspan TEK® DeliveryPartner. We only use Kingspan TEK® Building System panels purchased from Kingspan Insulation Limited. THCL cuts and delivers Kingspan TEK® Building System panels to site for installation by our fully trained erection team.