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Ed Hudson, director of market research at Home Innovation Research Labs, presents on emerging trends in offsite construction at the 2019 Building Systems Housing Summit.[/caption]
Members of the offsite construction community gathered last week in Pittsburgh for NAHB’s annual meeting of the systems-built housing industry, the Building Systems Housing Summit
. Attendees took advantage of numerous networking opportunities and enjoyed presentations by thought leaders in offsite home building, including keynote speaker Mark Yost, president and CEO of Skyline Champion Corporation.
During his keynote presentation, Yost likened issues facing the housing industry to a puzzle, urging those in attendance to use their piece of the solution to come together as an offsite construction community to solve the nation’s building shortage. Later in the conference, representatives from the Building Systems Councils (BSC), Structural Insulated Panel Association and Structural Building Components Association hosted a roundtable discussion, addressing questions from the audience regarding what their individual groups are doing to promote the adoption of prefabricated building components.
"It’s one of my favorite parts of this event, seeing the various groups in offsite construction work together to advance the entire industry," said BSC Chairman Ken Semler of Express Modular Homes.
Attendees were treated to exclusive information from NAHB’s economics team and Home Innovation Research Labs. Danushka Nanayakkara, NAHB’s assistant vice president of forecasting and analysis, gave a thought-provoking education session on the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau on housing starts by construction type. Piggybacking on Nanayakkara’s report, the Director of Market Research at the Home Innovation Research Labs, Ed Hudson, shared information gathered from more than 300 home builders on their likelihood of adopting a building system.
Networking also plays an important role at the Building Systems Housing Summit. Attendees enjoyed the Summit Social at Teutonia Männerchor, Pittsburgh’s oldest German chorus hall. Another highlight of the conference was the building systems site tour, which visited an area home built using panelized construction and a steel truss manufacturing facility.
For more information about the BSC and the 2020 Building Systems Housing Summit, contact Devin Perry