36 x 24 Feet Model
SIPS – Solid Core Building Envelope
As General Contractor, Spartan supplies the best in Energy Star building components, to add to your SIP buildings. Spartan integrates and sells products which are LEED approved and have Energy Star Ratings for Appliances, HVAC, Windows, Roofing, Plumbing and Water.
What is Green Building?
Green building is the practice of minimizing the impact a building has on the natural environment. Although there are numerous theories and rating systems proposing how this can be accomplished, they all share several clear goals:
- Reduced Energy Consumption – Energy is in high demand, and the processes used to generate energy often produce carbon dioxide emissions. Decreasing energy and fossil fuel use in buildings is important to prevent large-scale climate change.
- Material and Resource Conservation– Green designers and builders select building materials and methods that reduce the amount of natural resources required to construct a building.
- Healthy Indoor Environment– With people spending 90% of their time indoors, buildings should create a safe environment for occupants, free from mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other harmful airborne pollutants.
- Water Conservation – Water-saving systems limit the use of this important natural resource and prevent water pollution that can damage natural ecosystems.
- Site Planning – Careful site and infrastructure development will minimize water and air pollution.
Why is Green Building Important?
The construction and operation of buildings has a significant impact on the environment. Buildings account for 39% of total U.S. energy consumption and 38% of carbon dioxide emissions.
Green buildings use less energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and playing an important role in combating global climate change.
Buildings also use a tremendous amount of natural resources to construct and operate. Spartan green buildings use these resources more efficiently, while minimizing pollution that can harm renewable natural resources is crucial to a sustainable future.
There are economic benefits to green buildings as well. Energy-efficient buildings cost less to operate. Studies have shown that healthy indoor environments can actually improve employee and student productivity.
LEED stands for green building leadership. LEED is transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe. LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.
LEED v4 is the newest version of the world’s premier benchmark for high-performance green buildings.
This version is bolder, more specialized, and designed for an improved user experience.
Here’s why LEED v4 is better:
- Includes a focus on materials that goes beyond how much is used to get a better understanding of what’s in the materials we spec for our buildings and the effect those components have on human health and the environment
- Takes a more performance-based approach to indoor environmental quality to ensure improved occupant comfort
- Brings the benefits of smart grid thinking to the forefront with a credit that rewards projects for participating in demand response programs
- Provides a clearer picture of water efficiency by evaluating total building water use
Spartan’s main focus is to sell products that are cost effective, high quality, energy efficient, and rack up the LEED points for building certification.
LEED, Silver, Gold and Platinum building certification programs recognize best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
High LEED scores reflect Building Values, which are showing significant interest by home and building buyers. Spartan will review with our customers the various products listed as building blocks, and can be prioritized, purchased and implemented in the home designs to qualify for high LEED certifications.
Spartan building blocks include:
Health Safety and Entertainment
Interior Finish and Trim
SIPs save Energy
Building with SIPs creates a superior building envelope with high thermal resistance and minimal air infiltration.
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Whole-wall R-value studies show that a 4-inch SIP wall (nominal) rated at R-14 outperforms a 2×6 stick framed wall with R-19 fiberglass insulation.6
- ORNL blower door tests reveal that a SIP test room is 15 times more airtight than its stick framed counterpart with fiberglass insulation.
- Up to 40% of a home’s heat loss is due to air leakage.
- SIPs have demonstrated amazingly low blower door test results when properly sealed. Based on the reliable performance of SIPs, ENERGY STAR for Homes chose to eliminate the required blower door test for SIP homes to meet ENERGY STAR standards.
Structured Insulted Panels (SIPs) give architects and builders an easy way to create an air-tight building envelope that will improve the energy efficiency and durability of any home or light commercial building
SIPs, a structural building system made from foam insulation sandwiched between two sheets of oriented strand board, plywood, or fiber cement panels, has long had a reputation as a technology with advantages over conventional stick framing. It’s resource-efficient, strong, and fast. SIPs is also reported to create a thermal barrier so tight that it can save homeowners up to 50% on heating and cooling costs.
The SIPs building envelope is so tight and the R value so high, the building stays at a more constant temperature. As a result, inhabitants are more comfortable, air conditioners run less, and building owners save money on utility costs. If you combine the 50% savings with Net 0 Energy
SIPs technology also has been endorsed by the people whose job it is to assess the merits of a technology and its relevance to the home building industry. Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for example, confirmed years ago that SIPs have a higher whole-wall insulation value and R-value than a conventional framed stud wall.
SIP VS Stick Built
Builders agree that comparing similar homes that have been built with SIPs and compared to advanced framing techniques with single plate, insulated header, and foam insulation, the framed house was $9,000 less. However, this results in thermal bridging in the studs. If we want to get to a similar SIPs product in R-value and quality, we would have had to wrap the house in rigid foam board. At that point, the price would have been the same and the stick built foam-insulated house is not as tight as the SIPs house.
Spartan would like to works with builders to use SIP Technology and will cater our services to Builders.
Spartan takes the intimidation out of SIP Panels and best practices. Though using SIPs is fast and resource-efficient, there is a learning curve. Spartan will shorten this curve by supplying Builders the following services:
LEED Consulting & Certification