Builders and architects interested in improving the energy efficiency of homes and commercial buildings can learn about structural insulated panel (SIP) construction with free educational seminars offered by the Structural Insulated Panel Association, March 23, 2011 in Greenville, South Carolina.

SIPs are a prefabricated panelized building system composed of a core of insulating foam between two structural facings, such as oriented strand board (OSB). Building with SIPs can cut home energy use by 50 percent or more when combined with other energy-efficient systems. SIPs also help builders reduce framing time and labor costs.

Two seminars will be offered the morning of March 23 at the Hyatt Regency hotel at 220 N Main Street in Greenville.

SIP Builder Training
9:30am – 12:30pm
The SIP Builder Training course will be taught by Al Cobb, an experienced SIP installer and Director of the SIPschool, the only SIP-specific training facility in the U.S.

Introduction to SIP Design
9:30am – 10:30am
FREE – AIA CES credits available
Don Jahnke of Energy Panel Structures will lead the Introduction to SIP Design course. Jahnke is an experienced SIP builder and certified HERS rater.

Attendees are encouraged to register in advance of the seminars at

About SIPA
The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) 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. Learn more at