Barrier Technology

20 August 2009

Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Launches New Blog

SIPA - The Structural Insulated Panel Association ( has launched a new blog covering topics of interest to manufacturers of and builders or building owners using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) in both residential and commercial construction. Current topics on the blog include an announcement that SIPs will soon be featured on an upcoming issue of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, a survey of consumer thoughts on energy efficient homes, and announcement of a SIPs design symposium at the end of the month.

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are high performance building panels used in floors, walls, and roofs for residential and light commercial buildings. The panels are typically made by sandwiching a core of rigid foam plastic insulation between two structural skins of oriented strand board (OSB). Other skin material can be used for specific purposes. SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be custom designed for each home or building. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient, and cost effective. Building with SIPs will save you time, money and labor.

Barrier's Blazeguard coating, moreover, saves SIP manufacturers and builders even more time, money, and labor by providing a factory-applied 20-minute thermal barrier to the face of a SIP, meeting the requirement of IBC 2603.4, which calls for a thermal barrier in front of solid foam core plastic. Builders are thus spared time and expense of fire-protection SIP panels with single or multiple layers of gypsum wallboard on-site. Ideal opportunities for SIP builders to save money with Blazeguard include those in which gypsum and skilled gypsum labor is hard to get (remote locations), buildings with high ceilings or gradually curved surfaces, locations given to excessive moisture, and modular buildings built in a factory and shipped to a site.

Barrier has been a member of SIPA for the past two years, and our National Sales Manager - Jim Dukart - sits on the SIPA Board of Directors. We believe in the value of SIPs - particularly as national energy codes call for more energy efficient buildings, and encourage everyone to check out the new SIPA blog for more information about SIPs.

The blog can be found via the SIPA website at or directly at

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Barrier develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary fire resistant building materials designed to help protect people and property from the destruction of fire. Barrier's award-winning BlazeguardĀ® structural wood panels exceed International Building Code requirements in every targeted fire test and application. BlazeguardĀ® is coated with Barrier's patented, non-toxic, non-combustible Pyrotite formulation, which releases water when exposed to the heat of fire.