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Panelized Construction 101: Back to Basic Concepts

from Forbes

SIPs satisfy the call in Forbes, April 5, 2019, article by Sheri Koones

"My continuous mantra is prefabrication is the future of homebuilding because of the many advantages to panelization and the various other prefab methods" — a view shared by SIPA and its members. A common argument is: Would you ever consider having the parts of your car delivered to your driveway so that you or a local contractor could put it together? Most people would prefer the experience and expertise that comes with a factory-built car.

Panelized construction is on the increase in this country and around the world. There is a lack of skilled labor, people willing to work outdoors in sometimes difficult weather conditions. Building panels in a factory is far more ideal, in a protected work environment. In prefab factories, there is access to more sophisticated tools and machinery, speeding up the production time, with little dependence on the weather, no waiting for professionals to appear at the job site and less waste and pilferage of materials. Ultimately there is also a cost savings in time, labor and materials. SIP builders and engineers have recognized and promoted these advantages of panelized construction for years.

Sheri Koones is a journalist, speaker and educator and has written numerous books on the subject of prefabricated & SIP homes with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainability.

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