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SIPs raise big questions

November 25, 2006

Building with SIPs raises a whole host of questions; a never ending stream of what ifs, what abouts, and I never thought of thats.

John Brown

I bat these questions around in conversations and online and make lists of questions for the industry experts. I’ll get to these questions…

But first I digress.       

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My grandfather was an ironworker. He worked the day he died and I never met him. My father was a rivet catcher until he said FU to that and never looked back. More power to him and my growing up sheltered. I huffed dust as a framing and finish carpenter until I laid down my own nail gun and started banging away at a keyboard. I look back every day and love every minute of it. What I had and what I have.


It works for me because I still have the connection to shelter. Our shelters evolve with us and we evolve into them. For most of us, our shelter is our single biggest investment and asset. Also for most of us, it’s our single  biggest consumptive item. It’s our biggest black mark on the earth.


And it’s the place we can make the biggest positive impact. 


Are SIPs for real?

November 20, 2006

John Ross Fine Homebuilding Assitant Editor John Ross

I’m on a gonzo journalism assignment for Fine Homebuilding Magazine (or as gonzo as we get in the annals of serious how-to). In this blog I’ll bring you the chronicle of my investigation into what some are saying is the next generation of residential structures.