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What is the Difference Between SIPS and Panelized Construction?

There are many types of construction methods out there and it's often hard to know exactly how you want or should build your home. Types of construction include popular stick frame construction, timber frame, log homes, modular, panelized, SIPS and more! Today, we thought we would cover two prefab building system options that offer quality and speed: Panelized construction and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS). Between our sister brand Davis Frame Company and our own brand, Energy Smart Panels, we offer both options and each have their own set of perks! 

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Custom Prefab Home in Massachusetts

Learn more about this hybrid home currently under construction in Essex, MA! The custom home features a combination of construction methods, including timber frame, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and conventional Energy Smart 2x wall and roof panels. This one level home features an Eastern White Pine timber frame with a Queen Post truss design in the central core of the house where the great room, dining and kitchen are. The wings of the home feature conventional 2x panelized construction. The roof over the timber frame is comprised of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), for optimal energy performance. Also attached is a garage, which is constructed of our conventional wall and roof panels, a speedy way to frame a house! 

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Hybrid Construction on Lake Winnipesaukee

This past winter we worked with custom home builder Hayward and Company on a hybrid home project on Lake Winnipesaukee. This beautiful new lakeside home features a combination of construction methods, including a timber roof system, a SIPS roof for optimal energy performance and 2x6 conventional walls. 

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The Importance of a Vented Roof for Your New Home

One element of construction has always been important for a healthy, happy and high performing home-- "vented" roofs. A vented roof system is an air space (cavity) between the roofing material and roof insulation.

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