Video: Panelization Tends to Top Builder Challenges

Originally published by the following source: SBC MagazineOctober 14, 2019
by Sean Shields


A recent article suggests few home construction technologies offer as much promise as panelization and prefabricated building components.

“Amidst a shortage of skilled labor and, in particular, framing labor, prefabrication offers the tantalizing potential to speed up cycle times and allow builders to erect their homes with fewer workers on-site.”

In the video below, Keven McCook, a managing director at FMI, argues the benefits of panelization speak directly to five of builders’ top challenges: the lack of skilled labor, project cost increases, schedule compression, project complexity, and safety.

McCook goes on to make the argument SBCA’s Framing the American Dream (FAD) project has proved for decades. “Panelization, on the right projects and the right geography, can deliver a project 50% quicker than traditional construction methods. Those faster project deliveries can lead to reduced costs for builders.”

Also in the video, Kent Colton, former CEO of the National Association of Home Builders, states that growing awareness about prefabricated and pre-cut framing components will help spread those technologies throughout the industry and improve productivity.

Component manufacturers can play a key role in growing that awareness with SBCA’s Component Marketing Toolbox, FAD and the Best Way to Frame website (


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