A metal skin SIPs building system is being introduced on an affordable housing project in Odiham to test the use of alternative modern methods of construction across the Housing Associations portfolio.
The product is designed to form a highly insulated and airtight envelope from foundation to roof that can be rapidly delivered on small scale sites. The system will be assessed against traditional construction solutions, as well as timber skinned SIPs, which have recently required larger scale layouts in order to be commercially viable. Understanding the embodied energy used to create, transport, and potentially reuse the product will form part of the assessment, along with feedback from the tenants once occupied.
The scheme will be gas free and adopts ASHP and MVHP systems to heat and ventilate the home. A local design code limits the choice of external materials but offers a constraint that will need addressing on future projects.