Stud Framing vs Structural Insulated Panels

Traditional Vs Modern Building Methods: Stud Framing vs Structural Insulated Panels

As modular home builders, we’ve compared stud framing with Structural Insulated Panels building materials. Read our blog on why SIPs panels offer superior home insulation and more!

Building a new home is an exciting time, however, home-makers can be left with a variety of construction options. At Modhaven, we are here to help you with making the best decision for building a home! This resource will compare the advantages and disadvantages of stud framing vs structural insulated panels – helping you with your new-build home.

Homeowners and contractors have a variety of options for framing and insulation systems. Two of the most popular and widely used options are stud framing and structural insulated panels (SIPs). Both building methods have unique advantages and disadvantages. Get in contact with Modhaven for advice on what is the best choice to meet the homeowner’s goals and needs.

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For centuries, stud framing has been the traditional method for building homes, used for exterior and interior walls. A stud is a vertical framing member that forms part of a wall or partition. This construction method involves building the house walls with wooden or metal studs that make partition walls, and the insulation is placed between the studs. This method is popular as it is cost-effective and enables easy access for electricians and plumbers to install systems during construction. Despite this, SIPs have favourable energy efficiency while stud framing options are more time-consuming to build.

A comparison of Modhaven homes compared to conventional housing

In comparison, structural insulated panels have been used worldwide for many decades. However, they have only recently been embraced by the New Zealand building industry. SIPS are constructed from a foam insulation core sandwiched between two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB). These panels are used for both structural framing and insulation for walls and roofs. When examining the properties of stud framing and SIPs, SIPs are more energy efficient as they have a higher R-value per inch of thickness. Also, they can be installed in a fraction of the time it takes to build a home with stud framing. At Modhaven we use our factory precision manufacturing process to ensure that electrical, plumbing and other services are carefully designed and cost-effectively installed into our homes.

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