Innova Eco Building System Receives 2016 SIPA Building Excellence Award Winner for Affordable Housing

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According to SIPA Executive Director Jack Armstrong, “We look forward to sharing this project with builders as we continue our path toward mainstreaming energy efficient SIP construction across the world,” concludes SIPA Executive Director, Jack Armstrong.

St. Croix Sugar Mills Villas

Net Zero Low Income Housing

Innova Eco Building System received the 2016 SIPA Building Excellence Award Winner for Affordable Housing at the 14th Annual Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Building Excellence Awards on April 5 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The projects were scored on four criteria including how the use of structural insulated panels (SIPs) resulted in quantifiable energy efficiency; design and structural engineering innovation; creative use of SIP construction; and overall environmental sustainability.

The winning submission in the Affordable Housing category is the St. Croix Sugar Mills Villas project for the Housing Authority, 34 homes and club house project, submitted by Innova Eco Building System, manufactures of the Innovative Magnesium Oxide SIPs (MGO) system which is at the heart of the project’s success. The project was Constructed by Burke Construction Group.

Due to the hot humid, hurricane prone climate of St. Croix, the developer was looking for a low-maintenance, durable and mold resistant alternative to typical construction. Additionally, since the cost of electricity on the island was high, he was also interested in a construction method that would reduce energy demand. The perfect solution to his problem was Innova Magnesium Oxide SIPs (MGO).

SIPs, used to build high-performance building systems for residential and light commercial construction, are panels consisting of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB). Innova Magnesium Oxide SIPs (MGO) are the next generation of SIPs, having a superior fire rating to traditional fiber cement and OSB SIPs. They are impermeable to water and used below grade and in areas where where moisture management and mold mitigation are key considerations. Furthermore, MGO SIPs are tough and hurricane resistant -- making them an ideal building system for the St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Island climate zone.

MGO SIPs also eliminate the need for drywall and additional exterior finishing, further reducing the time and cost of construction of interior, exterior walls and roof panels. A liquid applied roofing system by Sherwin Williams was applied directly to the MGO roof panels. The resulting buildings are durable, healthy and comfortable. In fact, when summer temperatures soar into the 90s, these interior living spaces remain comfortably 15 to 20 degrees lower. The homes utilizing solar hot water and a solar PV system actually produce more power than they use.

According to SIPA Executive Director Jack Armstrong, “We look forward to sharing this project with builders as we continue our path toward mainstreaming energy efficient SIP construction across the world,” concludes SIPA Executive Director, Jack Armstrong.

For a more complete case study or to learn more about SIPs, please visit http://www.sips.org. To learn more about Innova Eco Building System, visit http://innovaecobuildingsystem.com

About Innova Eco Building System
Innova Eco Building System was founded by a team of experienced SIPs builders that were one of the first to introduce SIPs construction products to South America. Recognizing the limitations of standard OSB (SIP) and Cement Fiber (CSIP) panels used here in the USA and other parts of the world, Innova and its team of Engineers developed new product options to the industry standard SIP panel in order to overcome these limitations. Our Innova panels have superior fire ratings to standard SIP panels. The loading of the Innova SIP panel is superior to CSIP and OSB SIP panels allowing the application of SIP panels to the building process for a wider range of projects. - See more at: http://innovaecobuildingsystem.com/#sthash.AuNMpRd9.dpuf

About SIPA
The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) is a non-profit association dedicated to increasing the use and acceptance of structural insulated panels (SIPs) in green, high performance building by providing an industry forum for promotion, communication, education, quality assurance, and technical and marketing research. SIPs are a high performance, panelized building system that offers superior thermal performance, air tightness, and durability for energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings. Builders and design professionals seeking to reduce energy use and minimize the carbon footprint of their buildings utilize SIPs as a cost-effective solution for exterior wall and roof systems that also cuts down on framing time, lessens construction waste, and ensures greater jobsite quality control through prefabrication. SIPs are an enabling technology to meet to the Architecture 2030 Challenge for net-zero carbon neutral buildings today. Learn more at http://www.sips.org

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