A modular house in Northeast Portland will become one of the first city-approved single-family residences in Portland to be built with structurally insulated panels (SIPs).
David Cohan, project manager for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance received a $10,000 Green Investment Fund grant from the city in April 2007 to build a 2,000-square-foot SIPs house in Northeast Portland.
Though current structural codes in Portland don't allow for construction with SIPs, Cohan negotiated with the city's Building Development Services and the manufacturer to reach an agreement that would allow the house to be built.
And after Cohan partnered with Seed Architecture, the house, to be located at Northeast 45th Avenue and Ainsworth Street, is one step closer to realty.
SIPs are high-performance building panels made by sandwiching a core of rigid, foam-plastic insulation between two layers of oriented strand board. The foam fills the space between walls, leaving no place for air and energy to escape through. [Read full article]
By Nathalie Weinstein
Daily Journal of Commerce Portland Oregon - DJC