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The Future is Panelized: A Better Way to Build Energy-Efficient Homes

 

By Dennis Michaud on August 17th, 2023

Is There a Better Way to Build?

It’s no secret the construction industry is facing numerous challenges, including labor shortages, supply chain issues, and the increasing need to build more energy-efficient buildings. Though demand for new residential construction soars, bottlenecks, inflation, cost overrun, trade scheduling, weather-related delays, and the complexity of evolving building codes and standards make it hard for any developer to keep up.

But many builders still don’t know that there’s an innovative way to overcome these challenges while building high quality energy-efficient homes in a fraction of the time.
How? With panelized construction.

What Is Panelized Construction?

Panelized construction is a cutting-edge building method that involves the fabrication of building components in a controlled environment before they are transported to the jobsite and assembled. This approach significantly streamlines the construction process, makes more efficient use of labor and materials, reduces waste, and offers greater quality control, making it an appealing alternative to traditional on-site construction methods.

For forward-looking builders who want to capitalize on advances in manufacturing, design, and building science to create efficient, high-quality homes, panelized construction is an exciting opportunity. Its ability to speed project completion, simplify labor, and improve sustainability makes it a hard-to-resist option in today’s rapidly evolving construction industry. As technology continues to advance, panelized construction is likely to play an increasingly significant role in shaping the built environment of the future.

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The Ins and Outs of Panelized Assemblies

While some panelized systems are limited to the framing and sheathing of the building, others, like CertainTeed’s ONE PRECISION ASSEMBLIES, include windows and doors, siding, roofing, insulation, water and moisture barriers, and even finishes. Our built-to-spec floor, wall, and roof panels are so complete, a fully insulated, weather-tight, and sided home can be completed in as little as one day, ready for MEPs and interior fit-out

ONE PRECISION ASSEMBLIES features an advanced Performance Core with thermal and moisture performance optimized for the local climate. This Performance Core reduces energy consumption as well as moisture intrusion issues, like mold growth.  For builders seeking even more performance, options are available to meet certification programs such as Zero-Energy Ready Homes and EnergyStar.

For finishes, we leverage CertainTeed’s industry-leading siding, roofing, and gypsum portfolios, such as Monogram or Board and Batten vinyl siding and Landmark or Landmark Pro roofing.

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The Benefits of a Controlled Environment

Manufacturing panels in a controlled environment offers undeniable advantages. Most notable is the potential for improved construction quality. Constructing panels in a factory enables skilled workers to focus on precision and detail, resulting in panels that are often more accurate and consistent than those constructed on-site.

Additionally, the standardized production process can help identify and rectify design flaws or construction errors early in the process, reducing the likelihood of costly rework. The fully insulated and weathertight panels of ONE PRECISION ASSEMBLIES are manufactured to your building design, ensuring that it is loyal to the original plans and providing permitting documents with the necessary level of detail. Our digital tools convert your overall design into a suite of custom-sized wall, roof, and floor panels, as well as stairs, all optimized for transportation and seamless assembly by our team on the jobsite.

Quick and Simple Onsite Assembly

For ONE PRECISION ASSEMBLIES, the on-site installation process is extremely quick and requires much less labor compared to conventional methods. Because panels are pre-engineered to fit together seamlessly, assembly becomes a matter of coordination, all handled by CertainTeed, rather than extensive on-site construction work.

Unlike standard construction, which is subject to weather-related delays and on-site constraints, panelized construction allows for uninterrupted work. This not only accelerates project timelines but also reduces the disruption and inconvenience caused to nearby communities. Your assemblies can be installed on site by CertainTeed and made weather-tight in one to three days. And because homes are raised in a matter of days, not weeks, you can build almost any time of year.

Build More, Waste Less

The benefits don’t stop there. Panelized construction also eliminates the need to store materials at the jobsite where they may be exposed to the elements, reducing the risk of damage. Combined with the efficiency of panelized construction, this helps to reduce material waste.

In traditional construction, excess materials and resources are commonly discarded due to imprecise measurements or on-site adjustments. In contrast, the pre-engineering offered by ONE PRECISION ASSEMBLIES significantly minimizes waste generation. This environmentally friendly aspect of the method aligns with modern sustainability goals.

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The Future of Single-Family Construction Is Here

At CertainTeed, our full-service panelized solution helps residential builders and developers who want to build more beautiful, durable, energy-efficient homes per year by simplifying and accelerating the construction process. We streamline everything from compliance and labor to material handling and waste management. And our quality, performance, and durable aesthetics give your homes an edge over the competition.

ONE PRECISION ASSEMBLIES are truly built for the future. They are engineered to enable easy future renovations and finish changes, and to significantly reduce maintenance over generations, extending the life and desirability of your homes for years to come.

Plus, you can lean on the comprehensive support and expertise of the ONE PRECISION ASSEMBLIES team throughout your build and beyond. And you can have peace of mind with a trusted, industry-leading warranty from CertainTeed. Reach out today and see how ONE spec from ONE manufacturer with ONE warranty can enhance your speed, performance, and simplicity.

Visit certainteed.com/one-precision-assemblies and call 610-893-6200 to speak with a ONE PRECISION ASSEMBLIES specialist.