Established in 2006 by industry veteran Al Cobb, SIPschool provides training and consulting in all areas of SIP manufacturing, design, and construction.  Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are typically made by sandwiching a core of rigid foam plastic insulation between two structural skins of oriented strand board (OSB), metal, or concrete.  "I was frustrated with the general misinformation associated with SIPs," says Cobb.  "I felt the industry needed and unbiased vehicle to promote all types of SIPs, backed with solid, fact-based training.  In the last 8 years we've served over a 1000 students here at our home facility and have trained many more at off-site seminars".

The building industry recognizes the potential of SIPs in all areas of construction.  This interest has coincided with the consumer's growing appetite for green building products and energy-efficient options.  "When training ensures the proper design and installation, a SIP envelope can meet all the consumer's expectations.  SIPs provide lower energy costs, reduce our carbon footprint and provide a safer, cleaner and structurally superior building system," says Cobb.  "Pre-planning in a SIP build is an important part of the process.  You need to be considering issues such as proper HVAC sizing, sealing strategies, electrical issues.  The R-value benefits provided by SIPs are significant, but unless you're installing these panels correctly you might as well just leave your windows open."

SIPschool's many service include classroom instruction such as the SIPs 201 Owner/Builder, SIPs 202 Two Day Installation Workshop, our industry recognized SIPs 301 Certified Installer: Installation for SIP Professionals, AIA and Building Inspector seminars, international manufacturing startup consulting, and project inspections. 

Classes are offered in Shenandoah Junction, WV, or at off-site locations.