Author: Eur Ing M. D. Beare (CARE, AKS Ward-Lister Beare Consulting Engineers)
31 July 2015
First published: 31 July 2015
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Eur Ing M. D. Beare (CARE, AKS Ward-Lister Beare Consulting Engineers)
Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are engineered, load-carrying, timber-based panel products that can be used in walls and roofs of residential and light commercial buildings. These lightweight panels combine the structural and thermal envelope of the building; they are manufactured offsite in a factory and shipped to the construction site, offering advantages to the build programme. This panelised form of construction allows SIPs to be assembled to form highly airtight, energy-efficient building envelopes.
The concluding article in this series discusses the span-to-effective-depth method for verifying deflection limits of slabs and beams.
(This article was corrected on 1 October 2015. For details, see the corrigendum published on page 37 of the October 2015 issue.)
In this article, issues associated with the scaffolding of historic structures are briefly explored and illustrated through four case studies. These are projects that crossed the author's desk, as a consulting engineer specialising in the conservation of historic structures, within a few months of each other. They explore some of the constraints imposed by 'historic fabric' and other factors, the compromises made, and the solutions reached.