Design, Fabrication, and Installation of Engineered Panelized Walls: Two Case Studies
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January 2002, 74 pages
This publication provides an evaluation of current technology used in the design, fabrication, and installation of panelized walls systems, including engineered wood frame walls and an innovative steel frame wall system. In addition, procedures used for regulatory approval and, ultimately, the delivery of products and services associated with panelized wall construction are documented. Where appropriate, recommendations for improved technology and procedures are provided.
Two case study projects provided for a real world evaluation of existing panelized wall systems used in the home construction industry. One case study, a custom home, was located in an area subject to hurricane-force winds. The other case study, a production-built home, was located in an area subject to severe earthquakes. At one of the sites, innovative engineering technology from previous HUD-sponsored research was used to demonstrate advanced methods for design, fabrication, and installation of panelized wall systems. This innovative approach to building design and construction holds promise of greater affordability and safety, particularly for homes built in the most hazardous areas of the United States.
A companion document titled
Model Guidelines for Design, Fabrication, and Installation of Engineered Panelized Walls, implements many of the findings and recommendations made in this document. In particular, it addresses key technology and procedural barriers to the effective use of conventional and innovative panelized wall systems.
Content updated on 3/24/2006