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Sam Rashkin, chief architect, building technologies office, at the Department of Energy explains the advantages of SIP construction,here.

The big news in the SIP world is that Extreme Panel Technologies has been sold to the P. Alan Smith group based in Arkansas. This is not official yes, at least the Extreme website does not feature this. Owners Terry and Linda Dieken were not planning on selling the company that they had started in 1992 and grown into the 600 # gorilla that it is today. The Smith group approached Terry and Linda and the final details are being worked out. What it will mean for our customers is yet to be seen but a SIP plant to serve the South of the country gives us more options for product. This will also be good for the SIP industry with the high profile projects that Mr. Smith will likely bring to the company. Congratulations!

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SIPsmart founder, Michael Morley, wrote the definitive book of the SIP industry, “Building with Structural Insulated Panels”, Taunton Press.  Find out more by clicking on the cover


Welcome to SIPsmart Building Systems, Inc.

At SIPsmart we believe that architecture and building science can be integrated with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) to produce High Performance buildings in the residential and light commercial fields. There is no better way to resist the forces of nature and save energy than to build the structural/thermal envelope of the building with SIPs.

SIPsmart is the most experienced SIP provider in the Midwest. We are proud to represent Extreme Panel Technologies, Inc. Extreme’s state of the art production facilities are located in Cottonwood, MN. The plant features a seamless production line from one button panel lamination to the latest generation of Hundegger PBA processor.

Our ARCX designs are a unique application of SIP technology and advanced geodesics to produce true geodesic domes or hybrid buildings that are like nothing else on the market. Click here to learn more about ARCX.


See SIPsmart Kit Homes here.


Sarah Susanka FAIA has long been fascinated by the success of the Sears Kit Homes of the early 20th century. Several years ago, she began scheming with Michael Morley -- friend, colleague, fellow author, and an expert in Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) construction methods -- to create a smaller but better home for today's homebuilding market that could be purchased as a SIPs kit.

A Not So Big Bungalow is being completed in Toronto, Canada by owner Scott Williamson and his wife. Scott bought the plans and has made some modifications. Because it is built on an island off the edge of Toronto the foundation is made from drilled piers and beams 24” above grade. I love this foundation type and it could be adapted to most sites. Click here to take a look at the details of this project.

The Not So Big Bungalow SIPs Kit



Hear Meg Retersdorf talk about her SIPsmart home.