Structural Insulated Panels

To capitalize on views, Catalyst Architecture oriented the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex on a north–south axis, but limited glazing on the longer elevations.

Mahlum Architects specified SIPs in its design for Finn Hill Middle School in Kirkland, Wash. The bulk of the construction for the 116,000-square-foot facility was completed in one year.

The design for Finn Hill Middle School uses a 16-foot SIP module, which also created a uniform approach for Mahlum Architects to size the facility’s classrooms.

Finn Hill Middle School employs SIPs in its walls and roofs, creating a tight building envelope. Currently undergoing commissioning, the project is striving to be 47 percent more energy efficient than targets set by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star program.

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