This paper overviews the thermal performance of various wall construction assemblies including structural insulated panels (SIP) and wood frame walls based on laboratory testing and in-situ testing. Moreover, results from a series of simulation analysis are summarized to assess the thermal performance of residential buildings constructed with SIPs for various locations in the US. The simulation results are utilized to developed a simplified analysis tool to estimate the energy use savings associated of utilizing any wall construction assembly SIPs instead of wood frame walls are discussed for selected US locations.

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