The Structural Insulated Panel Association's
BEST Program (Builder Education with SIPs Training)
offers a 10-part series of free online training videos and tests.
Presented by Al Cobb, the links and descriptions to the videos
can be found below.
 
 BEST Lesson 1:     An Introduction to SIPs
SIPschool's Al Cobb introduces structural insulated panels (SIPs). Topics include the early and 
recent history of SIPs, the anatomy of a SIP, common applications of SIPs, and SIP manufacturing.

 
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 BEST Lesson 2:     Basic SIP Design & Engineering 
  Lesson 2 covers the fundamental information necessary to design and engineer a 
SIPs building. Topics include which architectural styles are best suited for SIPs 
and how to tailor SIPs to best suit the needs of the building.


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 BEST Lesson 3:     The SIP Order Process  
Al Cobb presents how to thoroughly and efficiently plan a SIP project, including topics such as estimating and quoting costs and services, finding panel suppliers and the writing specifications for panels to suit the needs of a project.
      
 
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 BEST Lesson 4:     SIP Building Science    
Building science concerns the flow of energy and moisture through buildings. 
In this lesson, Al Cobb examines the building science behind SIPs.
            

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 BEST Lesson 5:     SIP Layout Drawings  
Lesson 5 gives an overview of panel layout drawings. Topics include the purposes 
of panel layout drawings and the review process.
      

 
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 BEST Lesson 6:     Site Planning and Coordination 
 In this lesson, Al Cobb discusses key information for planning and coordinating a SIP job site. 
Topics include best practices, safety, panel delivery and material handling equipment.
  

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 BEST Lesson 7:     Layout and Panel Installation
This lesson provides an overview on how to install SIPs. Topics include tools and techniques, site management and how to tailor the SIP installation to each specific project.


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 BEST Lesson 8:     Integrating Mechanical Systems
In this lesson, Al Cobb explains on how to integrate mechanical systems into a SIPs project. Topics include working with mechanicals trades, HVAC analysis and how to control dangerous pressure conditions that can lead to backdrafting of combustion appliances.

 
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 BEST Lesson 9:     Finish Materials and Detailing
Lesson 9 outlines on how to apply finish materials and properly detail SIP projects. Topics include siding choices and fastening procedures, window and door installation and back-ventilation techniques.


 
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 BEST Lesson 10:   SIP Sales    
 In this final presentation, Al Cobb explores how to sell SIPs. Topics include how best to discuss price, and how to persuasively overcome various objections that prospective clients may have.
           

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SIPA
 sponsors two AIA Continuing Education courses in two different formats
-- face-to-face presentation by SIPA members in your area or online video
through the education provider 
The Continuing Architect - links below. 
 
Each course is one hour in length and attendees earn 1 HSW Learning Unit.  

Residential Design with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS101R) 
This course will explain the benefits of designing with structural insulated panels (SIPs) for residential applications.  The designer will gain a better understanding of application, assembly and detailing in order to properly utilize SIPs  for optimum energy efficiency and durability. Through case studies and design strategies, the designer will walk away from this course with a better understanding of designing for current industry standards with SIPs. Narrated by Al Cobb. Run time 60 minutes.

 

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Commercial Design with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS101C) 
This course will explain the benefits of designing with structural insulated panels (SIPs) for commercial applications.  The designer will gain a better understanding of application, assembly and detailing in order to properly utilize SIPs  for optimum energy efficiency and durability. Through case studies and design strategies, the designer will walk away from this course with a better understanding of designing for current industry standards with SIPs. Narrated by Al Cobb. Run time 60 minutes.


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