Building and Energy Code Compliance of Insulspan® SIPs

Achieving a target energy rating sometimes depends on your own goals. Other times, the goals of your client, or the codes of the region where you plan to build, may be driving a target energy goal. The great news is that no matter what is driving your energy efficiency goals; Insulspan can help you meet your needs. Below, we cover some of the most common code questions. If you have a specific question about a code in your area, please let us know.

Insulspan is the Only SIP Company with Evaluation Reports in the U.S. and Canada

ICC Evaluation Service, Inc. (ICC-ES) is the most widely recognized national evaluation body in the United States that conducts technical evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials for compliance with code. ESR-1295 provides evidence that the Insulspan SIP System is a suitable alternative to methods of construction described in the codes noted below, subject to the conditions of use detailed in section 5.0 of the evaluation report:

  • 2015, 2012, 2009 and 2006 International Building Code®
  • 2015, 2012, 2009 and 2006 International Residential Code®

The Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) provides a national evaluation service for new and innovative materials, products, systems, and services that is recognized by provincial and territorial building regulatory bodies. CCMC Evaluation report 13016-R confirms the Insulspan Structural Insulating Panel (SIP) System complies with the National Building Code (NBC) of Canada 2010 and 2015 when used as exterior insulated load-bearing wall and roof panels.

Working Within the Parameters of Local Codes

Certain States in the U.S. and Provinces in Canada have established more expansive codes than their standard country codes. Below are some examples of how we meet those individual challenges. Contact us to learn how we can meet yours.

California Title 24 Compliant

Based on Title 24, signed into law in 2008, California code has a goal to reach zero net energy (ZNE) use in all new homes by 2020 and in all new commercial buildings by 2030. The first step toward zero net energy use is reducing the amount of energy you take from the grid. Creating a super-efficient building envelope is ideal for accomplishing this goal. Learn more about Insulspan and net zero.

NTA Listed for Seismic Design Categories A, B, C, D, E, and F

Most municipalities have additional actions that designers and builders need to incorporate into buildings constructed in areas with the potential for seismic activity. With NTA ratings for seismic zone A, B, C, D, E, and F, you can rest assured that Insulspan SIPs are a strong solution for meeting the seismic needs. For more information, view Technical Bulletin 105a.

GREENGUARD Certified

green guard logo for Insulspan SIPsInsulspan SIPs have been granted GREENGUARD certification by UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Environment. “UL Environment’s GREENGUARD Certification program helps manufacturers create and helps buyers identify and trust—interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used.”

For more information, view Project Information Bulletin 216.

City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Building By-Law 11748

Not only do Insulspan SIPs meet the code requirements of British Columbia, they also address the City of Vancouver’s 11748 By-Law regarding minimum thermal resistance requirements.

For more information, view Project Information Bulletin 222.

BC Energy Step Code

The goal in British Columbia is to have all new buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032. BC Energy Step Code defines performance requirements for new construction grouped into “steps”, and it is up to the design and building team to determine how the performance level is achieved. Incorporating Insulspan SIPs, with their high R-value, into the building’s thermal envelope is a fundamental step towards meeting these performance requirements.

Ontario Climate Change Action Plan

Along with British Columbia, Ontario leads the energy efficiency code standard of Canada in much the same way that California does in the U.S. In 2020, the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan closes a loophole. This loophole currently allows builder substitution of high-efficiency heating equipment in order to compensate for less-efficient building envelopes. Builders looking for better ways to achieve tighter, more efficient, building methods, can count on Insulspan SIPs as the perfect solution.

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