Panelized Homes: by the National Association of Home Builders
Today’s panelized home building systems retain the best aspects of stick frame construction. They combine time-tested building methods with modern technology to deliver customizable, energy-efficient, beautiful new homes. Built in a climate-controlled facility, panelized home building is boasting benefits of speed and savings.
|Fast Facts: Panelized Homes|
- Panelization, the most widely-used form of systems-building, refers to a construction method where housing components are prefabricated in a climate-controlled facility before being shipped to a home site.
- A majority of today’s production and portfolio builders use factory-made floor and roof trusses, the most commonly known form of panelization.
- Component panel types include simple pre-cut floor and roof trusses and strong and efficient structural insulated panels (SIPs).
- Geodesic domes, the highly energy-efficient housing pioneered by Bukminster Fuller, are constructed of hundreds of triangular panels.
- A BSC study, in conjunction with the Wood Truss Council of America (now the Structural Building Components Association), found that construction of a 2,600 sq. ft. home with trusses and panels used 26% less lumber, generated 76% less waste, and was constructed in just 37% of the man hours of a similar, stick-built home.
|The Benefits of Panelization|
Panelized construction saves both the builder and buyer time and money with improved quality, efficiency and control. Since the first builder realized that using a truss system to better build a complicated roof, panelized home building methods have become more and more technologically advanced, leading to a wide array of benefits.
While the term “panelized housing” can refer to any number of construction styles and techniques, the benefits of building with panels are universal. From saving time to controlling costs and quality, reducing construction material waste and more, it’s no wonder that more and more home builders and buyers are choosing panelized home construction.
Make Your Designing Dreams a Reality
With the technology currently available and the inherent adaptability of the panelized systems, no two panelized homes need ever be exactly alike. Most custom home designs begin as nothing more than a daydream and a doodle. Whether you are a professional designer or just have a floor plan in mind, most panelized home companies can turn your idea into a dream home. With computer-assisted design programs, designers and engineers can turn just about any idea into a working blueprint. In many cases, the plans for your home are sent directly from a designer’s computer to the panelization shop floor, ensuring your home is built accurately and efficiently.
A New Home in Less Time
Your new home’s panels can be engineered and fabricated in a manufacturing plant in just a few days before being shipped to your home site. Once on site, the shell of a panelized home can be erected and made weather tight in just a few days! Not only does this reduced construction time save weeks compared to on-site stick building, but weather, material delivery and subcontractor scheduling delays – often unavoidable in stick-built construction – are much less of a concern for panelized home construction.
Built Precisely & Efficiently
Each worker in a panelized facility has been trained to do a particular carpentry job and through experience, has become an expert in that specialized aspect of home construction. That expertise, combined with the precision technology used to produce panelized home components and uniform quality control supervision simply cannot be replicated on a job site.
These state-of-the-art machines produce panels that are engineered to the highest quality, ensuring your home is built precisely square and dimensionally correct without room for human error. Your home’s panels are built to meet your local building code before they even leave the facility, no matter if your area requires special considerations for high winds, floods, or more.
With such a low margin of error and high amount of precision, panelized homes are known for increased energy efficiency. These homes are comfortable year round and cost less to heat and cool over time.
Eliminate Costly Overruns
When building a new home, what inflates costs – and infuriates home buyers – are unforeseen delays and circumstances. Utilizing panelized construction methods go a long way toward reducing or outright eliminating some of the costliest delays.
With a majority of a panelized home’s initial construction occurring in a climate-controlled facility, your new home’s framing materials will not be subject to weather delays and, due to the speed of assembly, the exposure to the elements is greatly reduced.
Reducing the amount of on-site labor also reduces a construction project’s reliance on subcontractors. Depending on your location, finding and scheduling subcontractors can be time-consuming and costly, with imperfections resulting from the varying degrees of expertise being applied at different jobs. Panelized construction allows a builder to better schedule and coordinate your new home’s completion.
Construction on Your Schedule
Of all obstacles home builders face, Mother Nature is often the harshest. Since your new panelized home is pre-constructed in a climate-controlled facility, worries of rain, snow, or wind damage are virtually eliminated. Most panelized homes can be weather-tight in a matter of days, keeping your home safe and dry, and free of the warping, mold, mildew, and squeaking that adverse weather may cause.