Platinum Homes is one of the first New Zealand homebuilders to offer clients the option of building a new home using structurally insulated panels – known as SIPs.
Healthy, energy efficient homes have gotten a new look thanks to group home builder Platinum Homes.
Platinum Homes is one of the first New Zealand homebuilders to offer clients the option of building a new home using structurally insulated panels – known as SIPs. The SIP building system replaces traditional timber framing and insulation with interlocking panels of one layer of rigid polystyrene sandwiched between two layers of Oriented Strand Board (OSB). The panels can be used for walls, ceilings and floors.
“We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation in the housing sector. It’s such a simple and effective concept,” said Dave Andrew, Chief Executive of Platinum Homes.
“A SIP home is 50 percent more energy efficient than a home built with standard timber framing, which means lower energy consumption and lower utility bills – all good news for the homeowner.”
Platinum Homes is working with leading New Zealand SIP supplier Formance who manufacture the panels at their Christchurch factory. Formance’s SIP system exceeds current New Zealand Building Codes and creates homes that are healthier than traditional timber-framed homes.
Thanks to their effective insulation, SIP houses require less heating and cooling than other houses. They can also be built faster than conventional systems.
Insulated panels have been used in North American construction since the 1930s, but it was not until the 1950s that the concept evolved into structurally insulated panels, where the panels snap together and eliminate the need for framing. Since then, SIPs have been in high demand due to the ever-increasing need for better insulation. In addition to commercial and industrial construction, they are also becoming increasingly popular in residential construction.
“When our customers tell us what’s most important to them in a new home, they almost always say that a healthy and energy-efficient home is high on their list of priorities,” says Andrew.
“Houses built with SIPs definitely meet both criteria. Not only that, a SIP house will be a sustainable home that is comfortable and easy to live in.”
SIP panels are eco-friendly and sustainable every step of the journey. Made from recyclable rigid polystyrene, they are sandwiched between prefabricated OSB panels, allowing them to perfectly complement the design and reduce on-site waste. About 90 percent of each tree can be used to make OSB, while less than 25 percent of each tree is used in timber frame construction. SIP homes also have a lower carbon footprint over the life of the building compared to a traditional timber frame home.
Andrew says Platinum Homes is now offering SIP construction to clients in Tauranga, Taranaki and Christchurch and hopes to expand to other regions.
“Building a new home is such a big step and it’s important to us at Platinum to be able to offer our customers great options to choose from. We can now offer our clients the peace of mind and security of building with a major group home builder like Platinum Homes, with the added benefit of using an innovative, proven building system.”
Planning and designing a SIPs home is the same as any other home. It ends with the house plans being sent to Formance’s SIP factory where prefabricated panels are custom made, shipped to site and fixed. The panels even come in different thicknesses depending on how much insulation is needed – from heat or cold. A SIP home maintains a constant, comfortable temperature year-round with less heating or cooling than a traditionally built home.
“You and your family will enjoy a healthier home, which is especially important if you have a child with asthma or another respiratory condition,” says Dave Andrew.
“We believe in the benefits of building with SIPs and are delighted to be able to leverage our position as a group home builder to show our customers the future of homes in New Zealand.”
Anyone interested in seeing what a SIP home looks like can visit a Platinum Homes SIP show home in Tauranga, which is currently under construction and will open later this year.
For more information on building a SIP home with Platinum visit: platinumhomes.co.nz/structural-insulated-panels.