Thursday, September 07, 2006

Materials have arrived!

Last week, our standing seam metal and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) both arrived!

The entire south roof of our house will eventually be covered in photovoltaic solar electric panels. It didn't make any sense to roof that portion of the house in slate and then cover it up with solar panels. Plus, I couldn't figure out an easy and leak-proof method of attaching the solar panels to a slate roof. I did however find some nifty extruded aluminum clamps from Unirac that allow you to attach solar panels to a standing seam roof without making any penetrations through the roof. So, I decided to roof the southern portion of our house with gray standing seam metal. A local supplier was able to order it for me and the metal was custom manufactured, cut to exact lengths, crated, and delivered in less than 2 weeks!

Procuring our SIPs was not nearly as easy. Over 5 months after we sent in our 50% deposit to Thermocore, they were finally able to manufacture our SIPs. I'll have a lot more to write about the SIPs later... In the mean time, here's a picture of nearly all of the walls for our house... on one truck!


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