Installation Tips & Training

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How to install…

A Premier SIPS Structure

Premier SIPS Installation GuideMost projects are delivered to the jobsite pre-fabricated per your floor plans. Windows, doors and archways are pre-cut when you install the panels. Wall, roof and floor SIP panels arrive numbered for simplified installation.

When installing the walls, it is usually best to organize the panels in the approximate location or sequence of their final installation. Keep the bottoms of the panels toward the bottom plate (see below) and leave about three feet of room near the plate. It is best to have at least two people to install a wall under 10′-0″ and a minimum of 3-4 people for walls over 12′-0″.

Once panels are being raised into place, someone can apply Premier Mastic to the seams while others can be plumb up the walls and nailing them off. Panels can be nailed between each other at a later time. The headers can be installed after the wall panels are assembled.  Window bucks can also be installed after the wall panels are assembled. Detailed Premier SIPS Installation Guide are also available.

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Always begin at a corner. Place the first panel over the bottom plate and flush to the exterior of the building. While holding the panel approximately plumb, in and out on the face, plumb the outside panel exactly vertical and nail off both sides.

It will stand up easily by itself at this time. After placing the proper sealant on the seams, situate the panel on the other side of the corner over its bottom plate, tight up against the first panel, and nail off. At this time, the two panels are not attached to each other. Align and attach the panels at the corner.

One panel will run long and the other panel will butt up against the previous one. The panels are then attached with Big SIPs Screws through the longer panel (just inside the dimensional lumber placed in the corner) and into the dimensional lumber in the second panel. The Big SIPs screws are placed approximately 3″ from the top and bottom of the wall and then at a maximum of 2 ft on center,  or per the engineered detail drawings for that particular job.

Sizes

Standard Premier SIPS Sizes

  • 4′ x 6′
  • 4′ x 8′
  • 4′ x 9′
  • 4′ x 10′
  • 4′ x 12′
  • 4′ x 14′
  • 4′ x 16′
  • 4′ x 18′
  • 4′ x 20′
  • 4′ x 24′ 

Standard Premier Jumbo SIPS Sizes

  • 8′ x 8′
  • 8′ x 10′
  • 8′ x 12′
  • 8′ x 14′
  • 8′ x 16′
  • 8′ x 18′
  • 8′ x 20′
  • 8′ x 24′

Standard Premier SIPS Nominal Thicknesses

  • 4″
  • 6″
  • 8″
  • 10″
  • 12″

Insulfoam ci Panel (continuous insulation sheathing)

Reduce costs. Increase comfort. Ideal for new construction or retrofit applications, insulating a building’s envelope with Insulfoam’s ci Panel is one of the most economical ways to combine continuous insulation (ci) and nail base sheathing.

The ci Panel meets building codes and energy standards and offers an all-in-one solution for continuous insulation (rigid foam EPS from Insulfoam), and nail base (OSB or Ply) for cladding attachment. Install easily over stick framing in Type V consturction and decrease a building’s energy use and increase indoor comfort with one easy to install exterior panel product.

Get more information here: Premier ci Panels – Continuous Insulation Nailbase & Sheathing.

SIPs Wall Technical Bulletins

Technical Bulletin #2 Pointload

Technical Bulletin #4 Wall panel design loads

Technical Bulletin #5 Staple use in SIPs connections

Technical Bulletin #6 Premier SIPs Screws & fasteners

Technical Bulletin #7 Fire resistant assemblies

Technical Bulletin #8 Wiring Premier SIPs

Technical Bulletin #10 Premier SIPs used as headers

Technical Bulletin #11 Screw fastener capacities in OSB

Technical Bulletin #12 Nail withdrawal capacities in OSB

Technical Bulletin #13 Premier SIPs with I-joists

Technical Bulletin #14 Premier SIPs mastic usage

Technical Bulletin #15 Wind speed vs. pressure

Technical Bulletin #18 Type S panel capacities

Technical Bulletin #19 Type L panel capacities

Technical Bulletin #24 Attachment of exterior claddings to Premier SIPs

Technical Bulletin #25 Sound transmission

Technical Bulletin #26 Beam pockets in Premier SIPs

Technical Bulletin #28 Vapor retarders with Premier residential SIPs

Technical Bulletin #29 Premier SIPs used in exterior walls

Technical Bulletin #30 Supporting headers in Premier wall SIPs

Technical Bulletin #33 Premier SIPs used in as Shear Walls

Technical Bulletin #36 Premier Continuous Insulation Shear Value

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SIPs Wall Details

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SIPs Wall Specifications

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SIPs Wall Training

We are ready to help you can learn the best ways to work with Premier Wall SIPs.

If you’re interested in receiving SIPs training, Contact the Representative in your area.

SIPS Roofs

When compared to traditional roof systems SIPS are the best product to consider. Premier SIPS are significantly stronger. They are straighter for better roof installation and maintenance, and they are considered one of the only sustainable framing products on the market.

Premier Structural Insulated Panels are composed of two sheets of oriented strand board structurally laminated and pressure-cured to a rigid core of foam insulation.

Installation of roof panels is determined by the structure of the roof. Your Project Manager will help walk you through requirements based on your floor plans. Questions ahead of time? Refer to the full Installation Guide, contact your dedicated Project Manager or contact our in-house Technical Division which is staffed with engineers and construction professionals ready to answer your specific project questions.

Premier stocks a huge assortment of SIPS in all sizes ready to be delivered.  Custom sizes can also be manufactured and fabricated to fit your floor plans — with minimal lead time. No project is too big or too small.

Sizes

Standard Premier SIPS Sizes

  • 4′ x 6′
  • 4′ x 8′
  • 4′ x 9′
  • 4′ x 10′
  • 4′ x 12′
  • 4′ x 14′
  • 4′ x 16′
  • 4′ x 18′
  • 4′ x 20′
  • 4′ x 24′ 

Standard Premier Jumbo SIPS Sizes

  • 8′ x 8′
  • 8′ x 10′
  • 8′ x 12′
  • 8′ x 14′
  • 8′ x 16′
  • 8′ x 18′
  • 8′ x 20′
  • 8′ x 24′

Standard Premier SIPS Nominal Thicknesses

  • 4″
  • 6″
  • 8″
  • 10″
  • 12″

SIPs Roof Technical Bulletins

Technical Bulletin #1 Short span, high load

Technical Bulletin #3 Cantilever Load Capacities

Technical Bulletin #5  Staple use in Panel Connections

Technical Bulletin #6 Premier Panel Fasteners

Technical Bulletin #7 Fire resistant assemblies

Technical Bulletin #13 Premier SIPs with I-joists

Technical Bulletin #17 Recessed Lights in Premier Panels

Technical Bulletin #18 Type S panel capacities

Technical Bulletin #19 Type L panel capacities

Technical Bulletin #20 Premier Splines

Technical Bulletin #22 Diaphragm capacity of Premier SIPs

Technical Bulletin #27 Venting of Premier roof panels

Technical Bulletin #28 Vapor retarders with Premier residential SIPs

Technical Bulletin #31 Low slow roofing in commercial applications

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SIPs Roof Details

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SIPs Roof Specifications

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Premier Roof Insulated Nail Base: Insul-Lam& Insul-Vent

Insul-Lam is used as a non-structural nail base in either a one-layer or two-layer roof system. For a two-layer system,  the installation is the same as that for a one-layer system, except staggering the joints between the first and second layer.

It will be necessary to remove 1 1/2 inch of EPS from the edge of the Insul-Lam sheets that create the edge of the roof assembly. Removal of the EPS should take place with a heating element set to the proper depth.

Begin by snapping a chalk line 1 1/2 inches around the perimeter of the roof deck. The Insul-Lam should be flushed to the line. Begin laying the sheets together. Once an Insul-Lam sheet is in position, fasten the assembly to the deck with Big SIPs Screws, following the recommended fastening pattern.

Install lumber into the offset created around the perimeter of the the roof. Nominal 2X material should be inserted into the reveal. Once inserted, attach with 8d nails 6″ o.c.

Once all Insul-Lam panels have been installed and fastened, roofing material may be installed following the roofing material manufacturer’s instructions.

View product brochures for more information about Insul-Lam:  Premier Nail Base for Roof Decks and/or Premier InsulVent – Insulated & Vented Roof Deck Nail Base

Insulfoam ci Panel (continuous insulation sheathing)

Reduce costs. Increase comfort. Ideal for new construction or retrofit applications, insulating a building’s envelope with Insulfoam’s ci Panel is one of the most economical ways to combine continuous insulation (ci) and nail base sheathing.

The ci Panel meets building codes and energy standards and offers an all-in-one solution for continuous insulation (rigid foam EPS from Insulfoam), and nail base (OSB or Ply) for cladding attachment. Install easily over stick framing in Type V consturction and decrease a building’s energy use and increase indoor comfort with one easy to install exterior panel product. Get more product information, download the Premier ci Panels – Continuous Insulation Nailbase & Sheathing brochure.

Roof SIPs Training

We host regular training seminars and are happy to help offer resources and literature so you can learn the best ways to work with Premier Roof SIPs.

If you’re interested in receiving SIPs training, Contact the Representative in your area.

Ridge Caps

Premier’s Ridge Cap Details are a great reference for Ridge Cap installation. When installing a ridge cap, it is critical to seal the area where the two bottom skins meet at the ridge. Use a liberal amount of Premier Panel Mastic and seal off this area completely. Make sure to also seal off any other penetrations into the panels at this location. Pay particular attention to the joints of the panels making sure that no air movement can occur at these joints.

Then place the sealant at the locations shown on the Premier Ridge Cap Details reference. Install the proper size of dimensional lumber and nail off the top skin as shown. The bottom of the 2x can be toe nailed into the bearing beam below. Rip and cut 7/16″ OSB sheathing and seal down all edges to the existing foam. Use the screws as illustrated and affix the sheathing as shown. If large voids are found during installation use a low expanding foam sealant to fill them. Cover the entire ridge cap with an ice and water shield type of product and lap over the existing panels on both sides of the ridge.

SIPS Header or Beam

SIP Header and Beam Technical BulletinsSIPS Headers & Beams

Technical Bulletin #10 Premier SIPs used as headers

Technical Bulletin #26 Beam pockets in PBS SIPs

Technical Bulletin #30 Supporting headers in PBS wall SIPs

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SIP Header & Beam Details

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Header & Beam Specifications

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SIP Header & Beam Product Sheet

Premier SIPS Headers & Beams

Top & Bottom Plates

After your sub-floor or slab is ready, lay out your bottom plates around the perimeter of the floor 7/16″ from the edge. If you have a sub-floor, drill holes in the bottom plate to allow access to the vertical electrical chases in the wall panels.

Next, stand your wall SIPs – see “Installing walls” in the directions above. After your walls are standing, insert your top plates into the recesses at the top of the wall. Keep the top plate continuous between panels. After the panels are standing on the bottom plates and the top plates are inserted, use 8d nails (or equivalent) to attach the panel to the top plate from both sides of the panel.

Drill holes in the top plate to allow access to the vertical electrical chases in the wall panels.

Engineered lumber is available as an upgrade during fabrication.

Platform/Balloon Framing

Platform framing and balloon framing usually pertain to structures of two, or more, stories. Platform framing is the most commonly used method to use in typical SIPS construction when panels are the structural elements in the building, and when the second-floor system is placed directly over the first floor walls. Panels have a higher axial load capacity (the load comes down on top of the panels) when the floor system or roof system is placed directly on top of the walls below.

Balloon framing is most commonly used in two applications, timber frames or tall walls, such as stairways that go through two or more floors of a building. In these applications, the wall panels are not typically being used to support heavy floor loads.

Always consult with your engineer of record concerning your specific design requirements when using Premier SIPS.

 

Connections: Corners, Splines, I-Joist, Lumber, etc.

One of the best parts of a Premier SIP system is how easily the panels connect together. Due partly to how the panels connect, the installation of SIP framing systems is much more efficient than other stick-framing methods. In fact, Premier SIPS structures are installed in days rather than weeks.

About SIPs Structural Connections

Premier Structural Insulated Panels are composed of two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB) structurally laminated and pressure-cured to a rigid core of foam insulation.

Premier SIP panels are joined together in one of three ways:

  • 8′ long by 3″ wide block splines
  • Dimensional lumber (2×4, 2×6, etc.)
  • I-joists in 10- and 12-inch depths

SIPs Connections Technical Bulletins

Technical Bulletin #5  Staple use in Panel Connections

Technical Bulletin #6 Premier Panel Fasteners

Technical Bulletin #11 Screw fastener capacities in OSB

Technical Bulletin #12 Nail withdrawal capacities in OSB

Technical Bulletin #20 Premier SIPS splines

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Connections Details

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Connections Specifications

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How to incorporate & install…

Insul-Beam

Measure the total depth of header required and add any sheathing or plating to achieve this dimension. Make sure to allow room for the panel top plate to be continuous over the window opening.

Take a measurement to determine how long the header needs to be.  Cut the header 1/8″ short of this dimension, avoiding the nails in this header the nails that are in this header. Apply Premier SIPS Mastic to the insides of the opening. Make sure that the trimmers are installed in the wall panels on both sides of the opening. Drop the Insul-Beam horizontally into the opening.

Do not nail the panel skins to this header yet. If required. cut your continuous top plate to go a minimum of 1′-0″ (3′-0″ is better) past each side of the opening. Apply the appropriate panel mastic, install the top plate and nail the top plate into the Insul-Beam first with 2-12d nails 12″ on center. Attach the panel skins to both sides of the top plate before  attaching them panels skins to the header. This method helps to insure that your wall remains straight. Fir out both sides of the Insul-Beam with 7/16″ sheathing to match the thickness of the panels.

Refer to Premier Insul-Beam Header Details for additional information.

All Details PDF and DWG

Insul-Lam

Insul-Lam is used as a non-structural nail base in either a one-layer or two-layer system. For a two-layer system, the installation is the same as that for a one-layer system, except for the staggering of the the joints between the first and second layer.

It will be necessary to remove 1 1/2 inches of EPS from the edge of the Insul-Lam sheets that create the edge of the roof assembly. Removal of the EPS should take place with a heating element set to the proper depth.

Begin by snapping a chalk line 1 1/2 inches around the perimeter of the roof deck. The Insul-Lam should be flushed to the line. Begin laying the sheets together while applying a bead of Premier Panel Mastic (sealant) on all foam to foam joints prior to installing the adjacent panel. Once an Insul-Lam sheet is in position, fasten the assembly to the deck with Big SIP Screws following the screw pattern shown on Premier Vented/Non-Vented Insul-Lam details, or the spacing and frequency determined by engineering.

Install lumber into the offset created around the perimeter of the roof. Nominal 2X material should be inserted into the reveal after Premier SIPs Adhesive has been extruded onto the EPS of the Insul-Lam panel. Once inserted attach with 8d nail 6″ o.c.

Once all Insul-Lam panels have been installed and fastened, roofing material may be installed per the roofing material manufacturer’s instructions.

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SIPS Mastic & Other Accessories

Premier stocks and offers accessories for your use in your SIPS framing installation. Accessories are custom produced so they are the ideal fit for use with Premier SIP systems.

Big SIPs Screws

Premier SIPS Screws – “Big SIPS Screws” – were developed specifically for the attachment of Premier SIPS to beams, purlins and posts of wood, and light gauge metal.  They also feature:

  • Corrosion-resistant powder coating
  • Excellent pull-out resistance, withstanding over 980 pounds of force
  • State-of-the-art tempering and coating technology
  • Sizes from 5″ to 16″ in increments of 1″

Premier SIPS Mastic

Premier SIPS Mastic has been specifically formulated for the sealant applications required in the erection of Premier SIPS.  This formulation of mastic consists of polymers that are designed to remain flexible and provide a seal against water vapor transmission and air infiltration.  Premier SIPS Mastic has the following features:

  • Sealant for all types of construction
  • Permanent, non-brittle formula
  • Gunable at low temperatures
  • Withstands cold, freeze-thaw cycles
  • Retains its flexibility with age
  • Resistant to moisture, dampness & temperature fluctuation
  • Impervious to water wash-out

Ridge Cap

Ridge Cap is a custom-ordered one-pound-density EPS foam shape that fills  the void at a typical ridge connection. It allows for an easier roof connection at the ridge by using the factory (or job-site) square panel edges. It is available in 8′ long pieces and is custom made for each project. The foam is cut with a hot wire to the shape that is determined by various factors including, roof panel thickness, the pitch of each side of the roofs involved and, in some cases, the type of roofing material that is placed on the finished roof.  Please refer to the Accessories: Ridge Cap Detail (Premier-304) for more information.

Foam Scoop

foam-scoop_thum1A foam scoop is a heating element with a handle that you can use to remove foam from the edges of a panel.  Most panel projects are pre-fabricated, but there can be circumstances that will require you to modify a panel in which a foam scoop will be necessary.

For example, you may want to make a window larger, and after enlarging the opening bigger the foam will need to be recessed so you can insert lumber around the window.

Or you may have a project that you would like to fabricate on your own, in which case we will send you blank stock panels.  A foam scoop is then necessary to recess the panels for any lumber you may need to install.

Accessory Technical BulletinsPremier SIPS Accessories

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Accessory Details

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Accessory Product Brochure

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SIPS with Timberframing

There are a number of ways that SIPS can be installed on a timber frame.

If a crane is convenient, most people will install the sheet rock to the SIP panel before the crane arrives. If the panels are being set by hand, the sheetrock can be temporarily attached to the timber frame while the panels are being set.  A crane is usually a much faster and safer way to install SIPS on timber frames.

Another option is to use standoffs or spacers over the timbers that are narrower to the timbers, but at least 4 inches wide.  The panels are set and attached to the timbers:  and the interior finish, such as dry wall or tongue and grove material, can be installed after the structure is dried.  The spacers allow the interior finishes to be slipped behind the timbers.

The wall panels are set first. Start at a corner and place panels proceeding away from the corners. Place the proper plating in the first panel after the mastic has been applied, and nail it off. Make sure the panel is plumb and then attach it to the frame.  Use Big SIP Screws spaced a minimum of 2′ on center. Drive the Big SIP Screw with a 1/2″ driver drill.  Avoid crushing the OSB skin, which should only be slightly compressed.

If the screw head goes through, remove it and re-install it in a nearby location. Start to go down one of the walls by placing two beads of Premier Mastic on both sides of the splines (before you install it), near their outside edges. (See Spline Connection Details- PBS 005.) Place the spline into the recess on the standing panel, making sure,  the mastic is facing the wood on both sides of the panel. Place Premier Mastic on the plate and vertically up the standing SIP panel. Make sure the SIP wall is set (the horizontal electrical chases should be closer to the bottom).

To place the next SIP, hold one end out approximatley 6″ away from the standing panel and then tip the top (or the bottom) of the SIP panel to engage the spline recess full depth. Use a type of scissors action to slide the panel into the existing one.  Trucking ratchet straps or bar clamps can enable the panels to fit together snugly. Allow 1/8″ gap between the panels. Attach this panel to the timber frame as before and nail or screw off the panel joints on both sides (as shown in Spline Connection Details, P-005 and Typical Timber Frame Details-PBS_003). Continue to the end of the wall and trim the last SIP panel (if required).

Roof SIP panels are installed in a similar manner but generally all roof SIPs are set with a crane. Cranes will use an eye-hook or some other method to pick up the SIPs. Check with your salesman to see what is used locally.

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Plumbing

Plumbing Made Easy with SIPS

Installing a plumbing system in a SIPS structure is a simple process for plumbing professionals. Premier Structural Insulated Panels structures are pre-insulated with rigid foam, so plumbing systems are installed primarily in interior walls. Not much of an adjustment from other stick-frame plumbing system installations.

Plumbing Details with SIPS

PBS-210, Island Vent Detail

PBS-311, Roof Penetrations

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Plumbing & SIPS Training

We are happy to help offer resources and literature so plumbing professionals feel comfortable installing plumbing SIPs panels. The process really is easy.

If you’re a plumbing professional interested in receiving SIPs plumbing training. Contact the Sales Representative in your area.