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Panelized Construction and Modular Homes [IMAGE: Tilt-up panels speed site work.]

Factory built panels and modular homes are giving conventional site-built homes a run for their money, in more ways than one. A study published by the Wood Truss Council of America showed savings of over $3,000 when a 2,600-square-foot home was built with trusses and wall panels versus conventional framing techniques.

Costs vary widely depending on the materials and the experience of the building crew, but building home modules or panels in the controlled setting of a factory often results in higher quality, more resource efficient construction. In many cases, the product is more energy efficient and termite resistant than stick-built homes, too. Check around for reasonable price quotes.




Common Questions


Lean Factories Cut Costs, Boost Production

Automated Builder , July 2007
The Factory Building Symposium on Lean Production attracted some of the biggest names in the industry. These companies have been working with HUD's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) and the Manufactured Housing Research Alliance (MHRA) to incorporate lean production methods into their home building factories.

Top Building Technologies of 2006
Professional Builder , December 2006
If you limit yourself to the headlines, 2006 was a bad year for builders. New home sales lagged, construction costs soared and homes sat vacant for months. But for builders who have adopted new building science technologies, the market is looking bright.

Streamline Your Business
Professional Builder , August 2006
As the white-hot housing market cools, builders can maintain a competitive edge by improving construction quality while controlling costs.

Modular and Green
Professional Builder , July 2006
David Bennert is co-founder of Innova Homes, a small building company in Asheville, N.C., that builds about six homes a year. His style: modular. His reasons: speed of construction, pricing and quality control. But he has a new specialty: being green.

In Manufactured We Truss
Professional Remodeler , April 2006
While stick building remains the standard, remodelers are taking a cue from new home builders' use of pre-assembled trusses when it comes to big jobs. Manufactured roof and floor trusses can ease and expedite the process of installing the roof and floor systems in an addition, and more importantly, provide time, labor and material savings in the process.

[IMAGE: West of Pennsylvania a module is lowered into place on site.]

A PATH Case Study

Hybrid Combines the Strength of Steel with the Speed of SIPs

ToolBase Newsletter Articles

ToolBase E-News volume 159

Manufactured Homes Compete with Traditional Houses

Modular Manifacturers Get Lean with PATH

ToolBase E-News volume 10 issue 2 (June 2005)

Factory-Built Housing: Overcoming Negative Perceptions

Panelized Construction Comes of Age

Tip of the Month

Modular Housing: Nice Designs, Neat Installations--and Affordable Prices


Steel-Framed Modular Housing

Tilt-up Roofs for Manufactured and Modular Homes

Hybrid Modular/Panelized Housing

Modular Multiple Dwellings

[IMAGE: Panelized and modular systems go up more quickly, but plans must be reviewed just like in conventional construction.]

On-Site House Factory

Ray-Core Panels

Panelized Wall and Roof Systems

Precast Concrete Foundation and Wall Panels

Strawboard Panels

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) - Fiber-Cement-Faced

Precast Concrete

Shear Wall Panels

Technologies in Practice

West of Pennsylvania, Brooklyn, NY

Long and Gordon, Dove Street, Boston, MA

Solar Townhouses, Philadelphia, PA

New Colony Village, Corridor 1 L.P., Jessup, MD


Applying Lean to Factory Home Building

Factory and Site-Built Housing: A Comparison for the 21st Century

Community Guide to Factory-Built Housing

Industrializing the Residential Construction Site

Designing Homes Using Insulating Concrete Forms

Panelized Wall Systems: Making the Connections

Common Questions

Content updated on 10/30/2007

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