Insulated Wall Panels

Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) are a modern alternative to traditional framing in construction. These insulated wall panels make construction, faster, easier and more enegy-efficient.

Using SIPs Insulated Wall Panels

Faster construction, tighter more insulated home

An alternative to traditional stick frame homes, SIPs insulated wall panels are gaining popularity as the leading energy-efficient solution. For homeowners who anticipate being in their home for several years, SIPs can drastically reduce energy bills, create a quiter, more comfortable home, and improve the strength of a home. Fischer SIPs produces quality, accurate SIP panels customized to your project.

What are SIPs Insulated Wall Panels?

Although there are several types of insulated wall panels available, SIPs lead the industry as the most common and customizable wall panel. So what are SIPs? Structural Insulated Panels, or SIPs, combine an insulating foam core between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB), serving as a combined solution for insulation and structural support. These panels replace the separate framing and wall insulation added to most homes. This has two benefits:

1. It greatly reduces thermal bridging (or movement of heat across uninsulated areas). Because panels fit snuggly together, there are no gaps in the insulation that typically occur in a traditional framed home.

2. Installing framing and insulation separately takes longer than installing SIPs. While SIPs often cost more up-front, reduced labor cost and long-term energy savings typically make up for that up-front cost within a few years.

Less thermal bridging, higher R-value

Did you know the R-value of wood is 1?  Unfortunately that means if you use traditional stick framing with insulation, that while your insulation blocks the flow of heat and air in and out of your home, the wood is providing gaps every 16 inches that allow heat and air to flow through relatively easily. The difference with insulated panels is there are no gaps in the insulation, ensuring your home is quieter, more comfortable and more energy-efficient.

Traditional Framing

Because of thermal bridging, the R-value of your entire wall with traditional framing and insulation is much lower than the R-value of your insulation. If you install R-13 insulation, for instance, the effective rate of your wall will be closer to R-9.

Insulated Wall Panels

With insulated wall panels, the R-value of the wall is the same as the R-value of the foam you choose. SIPs walls perform how they are rated. This also means that with SIPs walls, you can choose a slimmer wall. A 2 x4 SIP wall will outperform a 2 x 6 traditional wall, for instance.


Why Choose SIPs for Your Insulated Wall Panels?

Insulated wall panels provide numerous benefits. While many homeowners initially choose SIPs because they want increased energy efficiency, SIPs offer many other benefits as well.

Energy Savings

Many builders and homeowners choose SIPs because of their top-notch energy efficiency. By reducing thermal bridging, these panels lead to notable energy savings.

Quick Installation

Insulated wall panels replace both traditional framing and insulation. Using SIPs can cut several days off of build times.

Less Labor Costs

Quicker build times also mean less labor costs. While insulated wall panels are often more expensive than traditional framing, most builders can make up the difference in reduced labor costs.


Insulated panels are a stronger product than traditional construction and are used for high wind designs in excess of 180 mph. They are approved for Florida’s strict High Velocity Hurricane Zones (HVHZ).

Quiet Home

Better insulation means a quieter home. SIPs insulated wall panels can help reduce noise in areas where outside noise pollution may otherwise be a problem.

SIPs versus other insulated wall panels

Although there are several types of insulated wall panels available, SIPs are among the most customizeable and easies to use. Particularly in residential construction, SIPs have risen to the top as the most common alternative to traditional stick frame construction. SIPs are easy-to-assemble, and customizeable. Compare SIPs to other popular insulated wall panels below.

SIPs insulated wall panels

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)


  • Excellent thermal insulation
  • Lightweight and versatile
  • Moisture-resistant
  • Cost-effective
  • Suitable for various applications


  • Flammability
  • Less durable compared to some materials
  • Limited load-bearing capacity
Insulated Concrete Forms

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs):


  • Outstanding energy efficiency
  • High durability and resistance to pests, fire, and moisture
  • Long lifespan
  • Design flexibility


  • Higher upfront costs
  • Specialized installation required
  • Longer construction time
  • Need for strong foundation and structural support

Metal Insulated Panels (MIPs)


  • Excellent thermal insulation
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Moisture-resistant
  • Faster installation compared to traditional metal cladding


  • Can be more expensive than SIPs
  • Limited load-bearing capacity
  • May require specialized installation
  • Insulation values may vary
  • Potential for condensation in some conditions

Let’s plan your next SIP project.

Still not sure if SIP panels are right for your next project or how to take the next step? Call us today for a free consultation. We’ll help you figure out if SIP panels are a good fit, what kind of panels you are likely to need and how to proceed. Then, when you are ready, we’ll provide you a full design, including detailed drawings, for your project. 


Tell us about your project.

First we’ll help you decide if SIP insulated wall panels are right for your specific project. Then, if they are, we can talk through thickness, size and specialty panels to figure out your specific needs.

Detailed design drawings

Once you are ready to move forward with your project, we create detailed, accurate design drawings to make it as easy as possible for your builder to incorporate SIPs into your home.

Quality manufacturing

Each SIP insulated wall panel is manufactured in a factory-controlled environment to your exact specifications. Delivery is quick and easy.

Easy Installation

We provide your builder with detailed drawings and instructions to make your SIP panel installation quick and easy. In fact, SIP panel installation is typically faster than traditional construction.