Several studies have been performed on SIPs to determine seismic activity resistance, and found them to be structurally sound during earthquakes.
Although there are many SIPs on the market, it is important to check with the manufacturer to ensure their product is seismically tested.
R-Control SIPs, for example, were used in the construction of six homes that survived a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Japan in 1995.
Easy to install, and low cost, they offer a variety of construction benefits. SIPS panels contribute to LEED, Energy Star and NAHB Green Building program certifications. R-Control SIPS are GREENGUARD certified. New construction can be up to 50% faster and 70% more energy efficient.
For the disaster-proof minded home builder, they can provide insect resistance and are also fire tested. SIP panels tested in 2004 withstood temperatures of over 1000ºC with minimal smoke. R-Control SIPs are documented to have survived tornadoes and debris as well.
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