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Technical Corner: Access SIPA member code reports online through ApprovalZOOM
Looking to download product specifications and load tables from multiple SIP manufacturers? SIPA makes this process easy by posting every code report from all 20 manufacturing members online.

The SIPA code report page, powered by ApprovalZOOM, includes product data, downloadable code reports, applicable testing standards, installation instructions and relevant references.

In addition to providing a code report interface fully integrated with the SIPA website, ApprovalZOOM actively promotes SIPA member code reports and conducts outreach to building code officials.

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ACME Panel facility harnesses solar power to fuel SIP production
SIPA member manufacturer ACME panel installed 360 solar panels in 2010 to power their 50,000-square-foot SIP manufacturing facility in Radford, Virginia. To date, the 30-kilowatt solar array has generated nearly 120,000 kilowatts of electricity, saving the company over $50,000 in utility costs and preventing the emission of 184,000 lbs of carbon dioxide.

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Follow SIPA on LinkedIn
Keep up with the latest SIP news and join SIP industry discussions on the SIPA LinkedIn page. As an online network of business professionals, LinkedIn provides a powerful web-based networking platform to connect with other SIPA members and industry colleagues.

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Green Moutain Panel

Green Mountain Panel manufactures Structural Insulated Panels. We offer both urethane and EPS foam cores. R values from 15 to 50. Delivery anywhere in North America.
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New AIA Continuing Education course focuses on the chemistry of construction materials
Hanley Wood University and SIPA
Architects face many different kinds of building design questions on a daily basis, including complex decisions on the chemical makeup of building materials and how they affect the performance of a sustainable building.

A new AIA Continuing Education course from the American Chemistry Council aims to help architects cut through these complications and understand how chemical ingredients can be used to enhance building performance.

The course is available online from Hanley Wood University.

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Congratulations to the new SIPA Board members,
officers and committee chairs

At the 2015 SIPA Annual Meeting & Conference in Tucson, Arizona, SIPA members voted to elect new representatives to the Board of Directors. At the subsequent Board of Directors meeting following the conference, new officers were selected to serve for 2015.

Visit the SIPA website to meet your 2015 Board of Directors and see who is chairing the various SIPA committees. If you would like to become more involved in the association, committees are always looking for volunteers. Participating in SIPA committees is an excellent way to contribute your voice and help shape the future of the SIP industry. Contact one of the committee chairs or the SIPA office for more information.

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LEED offers Living Building Challenge alignment
The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that projects certified under the Living Building Challenge can automatically earn most of the points available under its LEED rating system for energy and water efficiency. The alignment could have practical implications for project teams, but it is at least partly symbolic.
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Building industry betting on pent-up demand to boost activity
By Michael J. Berens
The beginning of 2015 was "deja vu all over again" for the building industry, as severe weather conditions in much of the country once more dampened activity for most of the first quarter. New construction, remodeling and design work all lost some momentum coming off a strong fourth quarter in 2014, although growth remained positive overall compared to a year ago. Nonetheless, building professionals express confidence that improving economic indicators will encourage homeowners to undertake projects they have been putting off for some time.
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Green building: Energy use, energy uncertainty and renewable energy
Energy is the foundation for green building. Energy codes define the minimum acceptable standards for a climate zone. In today's world of climate change and high energy prices, it is critical that buildings use as few fossil fuels (including coal generated electricity) as possible to "futureproof" the home against unpredictable and rapidly rising prices.
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