Why Building Systems?
Building systems have many advantages, including a more streamlined construction process, improved quality control and reduced waste associated with traditional stick-built homes – all while reducing costs, making high-quality homes more affordable.
Modular, panelized, concrete, and log and timber frame home manufacturers, cut and prebuild individual components as well as entire homes within a factory-controlled environment using highly engineered construction methods. Systems-built houses are of the highest quality, meeting or exceeding the code requirements of where they are set.
Benefits of Building Systems
Labor Reduction. One of home builders' chief concerns across the nation is a lack of skilled labor. As the majority of systems-built home manufacturing happens at the factory, building systems can greatly reduce your reliance of subcontractors and the volatile labor market.
“During the building boom it got really hard to keep subcontractors on the jobsite. I needed to reduce my dependence on subcontractors to keep my business going. And now that we are experiencing a labor shortage, building systems continue to be a great business model.”
- Ken Semler, NAHB Building Systems Councils (BSC) member and owner of Express Modular
Less Onsite Build Time. NAHB analysis shows it typically only takes two days to set a modular home on its permanent foundation. In general, onsite build time can be greatly reduced using any component based systems, from prefabricated roof trusses to structural insolated panels or insulated concrete forms.
“As a builder who has worked in systems and traditional site buildings, I can tell you that my business has flourished thanks to building systems.”
- Willard “Buddy” Hughes, BSC member and owner of Hughes Construction
Reliability. The controlled environment inherent to systems-built construction means fewer delays due to weather or material procurement and enables builders to establish a more predictable and consistent building schedule.
Quality. Concrete, log, timber, modular and panelized homes are built to the same local building code standards as stick-built homes. In fact, to withstand the rigors of ground transportation, modular and panelized homes often exceed standards set by local jurisdictions. Concrete homes are rising in popularity due to the sustainable properties of the building material. Don't forget log and timber homes, which are certified for structural integrity by a third-party inspector before ever leaving the factory.
“Many of today's contemporary homes are incorporating sustainable building materials with highly energy efficient performance and designs that bring the outside in. These trends are echoed in today's log and timber home designs.”
- Doug Parsons, BSC member and president of Appalachian Log Structures
Why Join the Building Systems Councils?
The NAHB Building Systems Councils (BSC) is the voice of the systems-built housing industry – dedicated to promoting the benefits of systems-built construction to consumers and builders. Comprised of six different councils, the BSC represents manufacturers, builders and suppliers of log, timber frame, modular, panelized and concrete homes. Whether you are an experienced systems-built home professional or just interested in incorporating systems into your business, the BSC is the perfect place for you!
Benefits Available to BSC Members
Competitive Advantage. Showcase your company as a leading manufacturer, builder or supplier of systems-built housing by joining the only council that serves the entire industry. Gain new avenues to promote your company and build business relationships in one of housing’s fastest growing markets.
Business Development. Gather business leads, reach more markets and deliver more homes or products by connecting to the council’s extensive network of systems-built housing professionals in North America.
Nationwide Marketing Exposure. Reach markets coast to coast by taking advantage of the nahb.org council directories, information found in the monthly council newsletter, consumer education initiatives like National Building Systems Week and National Log Homes Month, and gain peer-to-peer recognition through the Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design. Also, for members of the Log and Timber Homes Council, connect with thousands of potential customers through the council’s consumer facing website, loghomes.org.
Events. Industry-specific events such as the Building Systems Housing Summit and Building Systems Lounge at the NAHB International Builders’ Show offer incredible opportunities to learn and network while getting face-to-face with fellow systems-built housing leaders.
Get more information about log, timber frame, modular, panelized or concrete homes. Once you have completed the form at the bottom of the webpage, you will have access to our library of downloadable e-brochures in PDF format. The BSC staff and our membership will send additional information about the systems of interest to you.