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What are the Components & Parts of a SIP Panel?
Rob Clutter, VP at Eco-Panels of Tennessee, discusses what components and parts make up a SIP panel.

    Video Transcript: What are the components & parts of a SIP panel?

    Hi, this is Rob with Eco-Panels of Tennessee and today I wanted to kind of go over what does our panel look like kind of the anatomy of a panel.

    What what are the different parts?

    How do they go together and kind of give you a little bit more detail.

    I guess on some of the components and parts that go into making an eco-panel so first let’s just start with with a panel.

    Wall Panel

    I’ve got a wall panel now, this is a short wall panel, because for demonstration purposes, I don’t want to be hoisting up an eight eight or nine foot panel here to to show you.

    That makes it much more difficult for me to flip around.

    So different parts of an Eco-Panel on this is the inside of the panel this is a half inch piece of OSB, the outside of this panel, also has a half inch piece of OSB, and in the center of the panel is closed cell foam that we use; and in other videos we talk a little a little bit more detail about the foam and how it reacts and what it does, but this is a four and a half inch thick total thickness panel this has an R Value of 26 on this particular one.

    Now we also make a six and a half inch thick panel that is pretty much constructed the same, just a thicker thickness of foam in the center, and that has an R Value of 40.

    This panel, also on the end Tongue Groove of the panel where they join together, with another panel has a tongue and groove profile, so when we shoot the foam it has a raised part a tongue.

    It has a recessed part that’s the groove

    Adhesive Foam and that matches the other side, so that when these two go together that’s creating a good seal.

    Now with your Eco-Panels package, we send an adhesive foam and a foam gun so that when you are assembling this on site or your builder that you would put the adhesive foam here in this groove and then you would shoot another line here along this tongue so that when these two panels go together we’re going to get an even better seal that’s going to keep that cold air out of your house.

    Now we use a cam lock system and this panel has a cam lock in it Cam Lock Key, so I’ll kind of show you how that operates.

    Your package also comes with a cam lock key.

    We like to say it’s the key to the house, so once the panels go together you have the the hook part of the cam lock and then you have the latch part on the other side so that when this goes together this grabs the latch and then you I don’t know if you can see this, but Cam Lock Capacity if you look closely it grabs it and then it pulls so it doesn’t just clamp down on it actually grabs it and then goes in so it’s grabbing that latch and then pulling that toward it actually each of these cam locks.

    It’s rated at 450 pounds of pulling capacity in an eight foot panel there would be four sets up and down so you’d be about every two foot so you’d have two four six eight and you’d have four sets nine foot panel you’d have five sets ten foot panel and so on.

    So let me kind of show you how these two lock together, I’ll hook these two panels together.

    So you put them together like that, you turn the key and lock them, and that is now locked together.

    So another thing to mention on kind of the anatomy of a panel is this electrical box.

    So one of the things that we do at Eco-Panels of Tennessee is we place your electrical box needs in the SIP panel walls according to where you desire them to be.

    This can be an outlet plug, it could be the plug for the television up high, it could be a higher plug that’s say above a kitchen cabinet or something if your kitchen’s on an outside wall.

    We can also do light sconces, we can do switch boxes, so if you had like a three gang switch it would be a different type of box that we would install and then this box has a chase a conduit.

    Chase that connects from the box to the end of the panel so if it’s on a crawl space or a basement many times these chases would go down so that they can be accessed under the crawl space area or the basement; if it’s on a slab those chases may go up so that they can be accessed at the top of the wall to tie the different plugs together.

    Once you’re running your wiring we can explain more every house is different so when we talk about your particular project we can kind of get into those details.

    Another thing that we do is this panel I showed you had the OSB on both sides quite a few of the panels that we make have the ZIP sheathing on the outside so it has the OSB on the inside and then the ZIP on the outside.

    This is a Huber ZIP product and you can look that up on the internet, the ZIP has a waterproof coating already on the OSB.

    So if you use the ZIP system and use their tape at the seams, you don’t have to use a tyvek house wrap.

    It replaces that makes it very tight this is waterproof which which a lot of our customers choose that I would say I would say probably 60 – 70 percent of the houses that we make have this ZIP on the outside.

    So talk to us about that as well.

    Now a couple other things the bottom of the wall panel will have a void in it, like this.

    So this void sets over top of the sill plate on your foundation.

    So If you, let’s imagine that this is a subfloor there would be a sill plate here that would be a two by four in the case of this size panel this panel would then fit over top of that two before flush with the outside of your subfloor and then this would be attached with screws or nails to attach the wall panel system to the subfloor properly; and there’s some details on that in our assembly manual that we’ll be glad to share with you, a little different if it’s a slab.

    But we can go over those details with you, but essentially kind of the same thing the second part of that is the top plate and one of these panels I brought over here has a top plate that’s this one so bottom plate we talked about.

    Here the top of the panel will have a plate embedded in it, so this top plate is part of the upper part of the panel, so that is your first plate for when you’re going to set your second floor or your roof system on top of the wall.

    In our assembly manual we have details on where you add a secondary plate on top of this to kind of tie everything together so you have two plates at the top of the wall like you would in standard construction.

    The first plate though is already embedded inside the panel and already done for you.

    As far as the rest of the assembly goes, one other thing I’d like to mention is the corners.

    We are the only panel company that has a patent on a SIP corner, and I’d like you to see this is foam I want you to see how this foam is all the way around this corner

    Corners are the most notorious places for a home to leak energy if you use a thermal imaging camera on a conventional house the corners just light up.

    There’s just not really a great way to get insulation in there.

    It’s really hard to do we have removed that area of suspect on air infiltration and heat loss by making a solid SIP panel corner.

    Eco-Panels is the only company that does this.

    We have the patent on this and we want to make sure we’re the only company doing this and that’s why we have the patent, so that kind of gives you some basic ideas on what our wall panels look like, the different component pieces that make up a panel.

    We’d be happy to share more information with you.

    You can you can shoot us an email, you can give us a call, you can text us, we can send you our assembly manual that has a lot of pages; it’s 100 something pages with a lot of pictures, by the way which I enjoy books with pictures, that kind of show you how this all goes together and certainly we’d love to just talk with you about your project.

    You know I always tell people that every house is different, which is one of the really cool things about about our jobs is we do such a variety.

    Every every home is a little different so there’ll be some nuances.

    Some homes have been pockets, some people houses have there’s always some specialty things and we can handle that too, we’re not just cranking out stock panels and say so sorry this is all we do.

    We are able to custom adapt the panels to your specific design.

    So contact us, we’d love to hear more about your project and we can go over some details that might be specific to you.

    We’re going to post the contact information here in just a second and look forward to hearing from you.

    We hope that helped!

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