August 2011 News: SIP built National Wildlife Refuge Complex, funded by ARRA, is almost complete
Set to open in the month of September, the new SIP (structural insulated panel) built San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC) headquarters in the central valley of California is almost complete! The ‘less-than-zero’ energy, 17,000 sq. ft. administrative and visitor’s center. This LEED Platinum seeking facility was designed by Catalyst Architecture and built by West Coast Contractors is carved beautifully into the surrounding landscape by the San Joaquin River. Source: Premier SIPs’ Blog
December 2007 News
Kevin Radanovich/President of Green Walls-US and Kimberlina Whettam/ Vice President Green Walls-US discuss environmental issues and need for Greener building practices with Senator Hillary Clinton and Mayor Antonio Villaragosa.
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Releases & News – SIPs Build Green Homes with Little Waste
Global Green Displays Chair Made of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) at the Green Resource Center in Santa Monica, California SANTA MONICA, CA—Global Green, the environmental organization represented by stars such as Brad Pitt, Matt Dillon and Leonardo DiCaprio, displays this unusual chair built of structural insulated panels (SIPs) at the Green Resource Center in Santa Monica. The chair serves to educate builders about the advantages of building with SIPs. Global Green USA works with governments, industry, and individuals to create a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. (See www.globalgreen.org.)
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) Build Green Homes With Little Waste
Los Angeles—A new construction material is rapidly changing the face of the Green Building industry in Southern California. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) were recently approved by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety for wall, floor and roof applications. The use of SIPs is rapidly growing in the construction and green building markets because of their superior energy efficiency and environmental benefits.
Kevin Radanovich, President and CEO of Green Wall, the Southern California Distributor of SIPs, built this unusual chair as a symbol of green building. Radanovich explains, “This chair is built of all that was left over from building an entire house with SIPs. There is so little waste in the building process because the SIP’s are configured per the specifications of each individual house. This is the most adaptive panel-building system out there.” Other building systems, such as conventional framing, have a substantial amount of waste remaining when a home is completed. This means truckloads of materials are thrown-out into rapidly growing landfills. “Using SIPs also means significantly less build time. If time is money, less build time is money in your pocket,” adds Radanovich.
SIPs were first used in Michigan in 1950 by Alden B. Dow, a student of Frank Lloyd right. They have been increasing in popularity in the construction and green building industries in recent years due to rising energy costs, growing environmental concerns and dwindling resources. These changes in the marketplace have resulted in greener, more efficient ways of building.
Radanovich is very excited by the possibilities of using SIPs because he believes they build better, stronger, and faster. “It’s a radical shift in building, akin to when lathe and plaster gave way to drywall,” he explains. “The time and skill it takes to build a house is now significantly reduced. Green methods in general make building efficient, affordable, and accessible for more homebuilders. Green building products use less energy, produce less waste and help to reduce global warming.
“We have to make this the new standard,” states Radanovich. He recently conducted educational demonstrations at the AIA’s Comittee On The Environment (COTE) booth in May at the ECO-build and then at the ALT-build in Santa Monica, Ca. He will also appear at the AIA sponsored MOBIUS event coming to Los Angeles in October at the Pacific Design Center.
Mr. Radanovich is about to launch another company called My Pods.biz, which will offer prefabricated green housing based on the SIPs panels.
For more information contact Kevin Radanovich at 818-421-2044 or visit www.greenwall.us.