Alternative Building Methods Are Revolutionising The Way We Build
Building Systems and offsite construction manufacturing are revolutionizing the housing industry in the same way that online marketplaces like Amazon revolutionized the retail industry. Even though system built homes have been around since WWII many builders have often shied away from offsite construction and building-systems technologies given the unknowns of shifting from an onsite stick built process.
However with rising lumber costs, supply issues, and skilled labor shortages, many are now eager to take a serious second look at these alternatives. There are various options for utilizing off-site construction or building systems within your current construction business such as; Floor & Roof Trusses, Pre-Cut Framing & TJI Roof Systems, Panelized Wall Systems, SIPs, Modular, Concrete, Steel, Log & Timber Components. Each have many applications and few limitations.
Floor and roof trusses are often more affordable than rafters or i-joists, require less skilled labor on site to set and can make it easier to install wiring and plumbing lines. Pre-cut framing systems are the most comparable to onsite stick built methods, only the materials are measured and cut to length per the building set of plans, tagged and shipped to the build site. Panelized wall systems typically have fully framed wall panels that are 8 to 10ft in height and up to 40ft in length -some (like what we do at Whisper Creek) also are fully finished on the exterior with windows and trim installed. Our packages also include pre-cut TJI roof systems (if the plan calls for it) with web stiffeners cut and installed prior to shipping it to the build site. Log homes don’t require framing and are finished on the exterior and interior when set, all parts are interlocking making it very structurally sound. Timber frame structures often incorporate SIPs to decrease thermal bridging which increases energy efficiency. SIP, structural insulated Panels have a ridged foam core placed between OSB or Plywood which provide a uniform nailing surface for exterior finishes, increase insulation performance, and have few design limitations. Modular systems are preassembled modules that can be highly customized and are typically 90% finished in the factory. Concrete is energy efficient, is often used in commercial and has many applications. Steel building systems have few design limitations and can be installed quickly.
The biggest reasons that builders should incorporate off-site construction and building systems into their building projects are because they typically save a lot of time on the build site, maximize material usage, decrease construction waste and enable builders to build more homes in a building season using the same overhead.
Visit the National Association of Home Builders Building System Council or the Structural Building Components Association to find out more.
It begins with an idea…
It all begins with an idea. Once you have a general idea of what the main points of your home will be such as how many square feet, one story or two, porches, general layout, we can take your references and concepts and give you an estimate on your home or commercial package. Once the estimate has been reviewed and refined we will write your contract and once the down payment is received we begin the design phase
The Benefits of Building Systems
First off you may be asking yourself, what is a panelized building system? According to the NAHB it is “a construction technique that utilizes advanced technology, quality materials, and a controlled work environment to build wall and roof systems and construct and energy efficient home in less time.” Or to say it another way we systematically design the exterior wall system and roof system and we use the same process in all of our homes be them our models…