Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Building Systems Councils are celebrating Building Systems Week from Aug. 7 - 11 This week-long event aims to educate NAHB members and consumers on the advantages of systems-built homes as opposed to traditional stick building.
Prefabricated in an efficient, controlled setting, systems built homes, which include modular, panelized, concrete, log and timber framed homes, provide homeowners a building alternative that often saves time and money.
For home builders, adopting building systems can alleviate many of the concerns facing today’s housing industry, most notably the cost and availability of labor. With the majority of construction taking place at the factory, systems-built homes require fewer man hours to build once they arrive on site.
Systems built homes also score high on the green-building scale as material waste is significantly reduced in the factory and job site. Assembly in an enclosed environment allows systems-built homes to fulfill key components of green building certifications, including the ICC/ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard.
“One huge advantage is that instead of using multiple subcontractors and trades people, a builder or developer partners with a manufacturer to outsource much of a home’s construction, significantly reducing on-site build time,” said BSC Chairman Norm Hall, territory manager and factory-built structures industry manager for Simpson Strong-Tie. “BSC members have been at the forefront of new construction techniques and building technologies, which ultimately benefits the consumer.”
In conjunction with Building Systems Week, the BSC is hosting a free webcast on Aug. 10 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET titled “Builders and Manufacturers—The Money is Over Here.” Led by Valerie Jurik-Henry, a 30-year veteran of the housing and health care industry, the event will cover adaptive housing, which has become an increasingly important topic in the home building community. As America's baby boomers eclipse retirement, the demand for aging-in-place housing will continue to grow. Consumers will also have an opportunity to learn and ask questions about how building systems products can help meet their adaptive housing needs. To register, contact Devin Perry at Dperry@NAHB.org.
To find out more about the Building Systems Councils and its members, contact John Lingerfelt at 800-368-5424 x8357.