Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) are key components of a high-performance building envelope for light commercial structures.
SIPs consist of a polyurethane or expandable polystyrene (EPS) core between two wood or OSB structural skins, and are used as roofs, walls and floors.
IMPs feature a polyurethane insulating core and diffusion-resistant metal skins, and are used as the facade or roofing elements in cold storage, commercial and industrial buildings.
For the occupant, key advantages of these materials include structural durability, superior R-value for energy efficiency, and environmental comfort, health and safety. For the contractor, advantages include design freedom, speedy construction and cost efficiency.
Boasting extremely low thermal conductivity levels, BASF Elastopor® rigid foam is a significant component of high-performance IMPs, SIPs, or other sandwich panels. Used for the insulating core material, Elastopor has the ability to flow through and adhere to complex shapes.