Reducing the carbon footprint
Six-inch-thick SIPs served as load-bearing walls and all buildings used some timber frame elements for the roof structure. Roofs on all the buildings were constructed with 10-inch-thick SIPs, creating a cathedral ceiling.
"When you have a bunk room on the upper floor, it helps to have a cathedral ceiling that makes it more spacious," said Bialecki. "Also, by having the taller ceiling in the two-story spaces we were able to bring in lighting. Part of the buildings' energy efficiency is to bring in the daylight to minimize the use of electricity for lighting during the day."
The high performance SIP building envelope helps retain heat produced by an in-floor radiant heating system with 94 percent AFUE natural gas boilers. To prevent radiant heat gain during the summer months, the SIP roof panels are topped with Bialecki's trademarked Umbrella Roof System. The system consists of a second layer of roof sheathing with a radiant barrier that is installed over furring strips on the SIP roof panels. The radiant barrier reduces heat transmission, while the vented air space uses natural convection to push unwanted heat away from the building.
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