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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve taken the most frequently asked questions regarding modular home design and made them available to you.
Working with modular panels
What are SIPS
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are pre-manufactured, highly insulated and high performance panels used to create floor panels, wall panels and roof panels. They are categorized as a ‘sandwich’ panels and they are a proven alternative to more traditional building materials such as brick, timber and steel frame. SIPs are manufactured under factory-controlled conditions.
What are SIPS made of?
Each panel contains two outer skins and a central polystyrene foam insulation core. There are different options for the finish both internally and externally depending on the manufacturer that can be integrated into the panel.
Are SIPs Fire Rated?
SIPs panels are fire rated for almost all building applications. The Panel System is rated as separating walls and boundary walls to FRL 60/60/60 and FRL 90/90/90. They can be used in all BAL zones based on the external cladding system
What are the Benefits?
Faster construction on site with pre-cut panels. Reduced transport and site deliveries. Less demand for labour & trades. Less waste generation and disposal. Less hidden costs such as scaffold and equipment hire. More comfortable, healthy home environment. Strong. Earthquake and cyclone resistant. Rapid installation
Are SIPs a sustainable product?
Structural Insulated Panels are environmentally responsible in many aspects. Starting with production through to installation and usability. Building envelope of the SIP panel home provides continuous insulation, is extremely airtight, allows for better control over indoor air quality and reduces construction waste. Life cycle analysis has shown that SIP homes have a great positive impact on environment by reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions throughout the home life cycle.
How SIP panels improve indoor air quality?
The airtight envelope of a SIP home prevents air from gaining access to the interior except in controlled amounts. Environmental triggers like dust, mould and air pollution can be dramatically reduced in an air-tight house. Heat recovery ventilator (HRV) is used to keep fresh, clean air moving through and remove unwanted moisture.
Can SIPs be combined with other building methods?
SIP panels are compatible with almost any building method and SIP walls are sometimes combined for the most cost-effective solution with a conventional truss or stick roof with no difficulties
Working with us
Our difference: You are not alone
Izabela – the company director has always had a strong interest in sustainable products and cost effective building methods. “As a wife and mum of 2 vibrant boys I know the right home design can simplify your life and be a positive influence. I also know personally the stress, frustration, satisfaction and joy of designing and building your own home. When I started to design and build of our family house with SIP panels I have learned a lot not only about the product itself but also about the whole process of contract administration, variations and hidden costs of building. I know I can help my clients to go through that road more smoothly and in more control.
Our pricing:
We are often asked how much it cost to work with us? At Studio Origami we are being upfront with you from our very first meeting to ensure your budget can realistically achieve your project goals. We have developed our fee system to suit your budget and level of service required. Our goal is to deliver great quality and value design to every project and help you guide you through areas that you want to be in charge yourself.
Our process:
We are very fortunate to work with great SIP builders who see things our way. A Builder’s involvement from the very start is the single best step to take if you want to make sure your design comes on budget. We have also developed the tendering process in a different way to make sure that we keep your budget on track and have better control of the whole build.
Do you have a specific style?
Our inspirations and design ideas are driven by crisp, elegantly minimal, simple shapes and clean lines that take into consideration the use of space and craftsmanship of materials
Does sustainable home design cost more?
This will depend on how far you want to go but one of the most important things to remember is that investing upfront can save over long term. A well design home with passive solar design, good zoning and efficient materials costs much less on bills for life. Another important consideration for the cost is size of your home. Reduced footprint is always going to cost less then ‘ordinary’ home. Smaller homes can very often offer a higher level of finish and better living comfort with less energy to run.