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Structural insulated panels: Impact on the residential construction process

Mullens, MA and Arif, M 2006, 'Structural insulated panels: Impact on the residential construction process' , Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 132 (7) , pp. 786-794.

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Abstract

Uncertainty and risk have contributed to the reluctance of U.S. homebuilders to embrace new construction technologies. This paper explores one innovative, but underutilized building technology, structural insulated panels (SIPs), and its impact on the residential construction process. The paper presents findings from a side-by-side case study of the construction of two Habitat for Humanity homes, one SIP and one conventional wood-framing. Although the study focuses on labor productivity and cycle time during framing, other key construction performance metrics are assessed including worker safety, quality/workmanship, material waste, worker skill levels, and equipment requirements. Findings indicate that SIPs saved about two-thirds of the site framing labor for walls and roofs, with cycle time savings of similar magnitude. No significant impacts on other construction performance metrics were observed, however, size of the panels did require a lift truck and construction crane. While conclusions are limited by the scope of the case study, the writers believe that building with SIPs can be very efficient. The paper identifies key actions required of builders and SIP manufacturers to maximize potential benefits.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools
Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0733-9364
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: M Arif
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 17:01
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 00:01
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/36080

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