SIPS Help LEED the Way

As we mentioned in a previous post, SIPS are a composite, prefabricated material that can be used for roofing. Roofing contractors in North Dakota recently installed SIPS on a new headquarters and visitor center (11,000 square feet in all) at the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge in Coleharbor, North Dakota.

The previous building was over 50 years old and the roof contained asbestos. The building was in disrepair from rodent damage, mold issues, and water leakage both from roofing issues and other damage.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, more commonly referred to as the Stimulus Bill, the building was rebuilt to LEED standards, which are the ultimate level of energy efficiency. Roofing contractors contributed greatly to this effort by installing an airtight, highly efficient roofing material for the building’s roof.

You can read more about the roofing project and the renovation here. Further info about Structural Insulated Panels for roofing can be found through the Structural Insulated Panels Association (

To learn more about LEED visit the website of the U.S. Green Building Council (