flexiblefullpage - default
Currently Reading

Builders' Changing Views of Off-Site Construction Technologies

Off-Site Construction

Builders' Changing Views of Off-Site Construction Technologies


August 17, 2021
panelized home
Photo: stock.adobe.com

Many home builders searching for solutions to address ongoing industry challenges see off-site construction technologies as an answer, according to data from Home Innovation Research Labs. In August 2019, September 2020, and July 2021, Home Innovation asked builders how often they anticipate using certain off-site construction practices in five years compared to the past year. The most recent July results show builders are ready to adopt these practices and the pandemic accelerated their interest. Of the 348 builders surveyed in July, 22% said they would increase their use of roof trusses, 19% plan to increase their use of turn-key framing services, and 14% would use pre-cut framing packages more.

The July 2021 survey found that builder intention to increase roof truss usage continues at the top – signaling to truss manufacturers that now may be a great time to expand capacity to meet an anticipated increase in demand. Interest in turn-key framing services rose to the #2 spot in our 2021 survey, undoubtedly a beneficiary of the instability in the supply chain and the construction labor shortage. Interest in pre-cut framing packages and wall panelization followed in the #3 and #4 positions – slightly down from last year in intent-to-adopt, but still up considerably from 2019.

In terms of accelerating interest, turnkey framing, while not necessarily confined to offsite production, seemed to get the biggest boost in the past year. This was followed by precast concrete panels – not so shocking considering the relative stability concrete prices compared to lumber and wood panels. Modular building also saw an increase in interest since last year despite showing a market share decline over the past decade among new single-family homes our Builder Practices Reports and the U.S. Census Characteristics of New Housing data.

For offsite housing solutions to take deeper root, as these studies suggest they can, there must be additional production capacity built to meet and exceed the growth rate of U.S. housing production.

Read More
 

Related Stories

Building Technology

Construction Innovation: Framers Fitted for Tech

When it comes to high-tech construction, framers are fitted for tech. The construction industry should embrace that

Housing Giants

2022 Housing Giants Report and Rankings

Pro Builder's Housing Giants report ranks the top U.S. home builders by revenue, closings, and type and location of homes built and takes a deeper dive into two driving forces in housing today: built-for-rent and off-site construction

Sustainability

Production Builders Are Taking a Modular Approach to New Housing Development

Production builders are turning to off-site construction to complete residential projects efficiently and sustainably

Advertisement
boombox1 -
Advertisement
native1 - default

More in Category




Advertisement
native2 - default
Advertisement
halfpage1 -

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.


Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Subscribe
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.