Structural Insulated Panels to Appear on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

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With SIPs, you own a very energy-efficient "green" home. Structural insulated panels, called SIPs for short, combine green building science and engineering to build a more energy-efficient and comfortable "green" home. SIPs are basically a sandwich of foam insulation between two layers of wood sheathing. This provides both the structure of the home and amazing insulating properties. It's actually easier to qualify as an Energy Star Home than building with more traditional wood framing.

This is a great opportunity to showcase the speed and ease of construction with our SIPs, while at the same time helping out a family who richly deserves our show of thanks for all they have done. This family will not only be rewarded with a new home this summer, but will enjoy the energy-saving benefits of SIP construction for all the years to come.

One lucky Washington-area family will soon be surprised by ABC's Emmy-award winning reality show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The program will air as a two-hour special featuring SIPA member Winter Panel as they help construct a new energy-efficient house with structural insulated panels (SIPs) for a deserving family in just one week.

The name and location of the family home will not be released until later this month.

"Everyone at Winter Panel is very excited about this project," said Dave Gauthier, President of Winter Panel Corp. "This is a great opportunity to showcase the speed and ease of construction with our SIPs, while at the same time helping out a family who richly deserves our show of thanks for all they have done. This family will not only be rewarded with a new home this summer, but will enjoy the energy-saving benefits of SIP construction for all the years to come." Gauthier and several Winter Panel staff will be providing onsite assistance to local builders Burch Builders Group LLC and G&M Contracting, Inc, who are leading the construction of the project. They will be joined by hundreds of local volunteers who will be organized by the United Way of the National Capital Area.

"SIPs really shine in this type of construction," said SIPA Executive Director Bill Wachtler, who worked with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to incorporate SIPs into the project. "Prefabricated SIPs shave 50 percent off the normal framing time, they are excellent for a volunteer work force, and the homeowners will get an energy-efficient home that will keep their utility bills low," he added.

More information on the project will be available later this month from the Structural Insulated Panel Association (http://www.sips.org), Winter Panel (http://winterpanel.com), and the Burch Builders Group (http://burchbuildersgroup.com/capitalmakeover/capitalmakeover.html)

About SIPA
The Structural Insulated Panel Association (http://www.sips.org) is a non-profit association representing manufacturers, suppliers, dealer/distributors, design professionals, and builders committed to providing quality structural insulated panels for all segments of the construction industry.

About Winter Panel
Winter Panel manufactures structural insulated panels (SIPs) for use in residential and commercial construction. Their finished buildings far exceed the energy efficiency of other construction techniques. Winter Panel is based in Brattleboro, VT and markets their products worldwide. http://www.winterpanel.com/

The Emmy award winning reality program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," now entering it's 7th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

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