Greg Watson

Integrated Closed Wall Panel Systems

Greg Watson

For many years, wood frame wall panels have been constructed on site by contractors, and, in more recent times, by component manufacturers too. The wall panels assembled by component manufacturers primarily are open panels. These consist of lumber studs at predefined centers sheathed externally...

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June 2020
Issue #12251
Page 70
Gary Fleisher

Modular Industry in Best Position to Take Over Mid-Rise Housing

Gary Fleisher

Since 2010, the number of households that rent has grown from 32% to 36% with the addition of 4,000,000 new renters. Mid and high-income renters saw the biggest increase. With construction slowing down due to COVID-19 and lawmakers debating the pros and cons of rent forgiveness for those who...

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June 2020
Issue #12251
Page 94
Gary Fleisher

Innovations in Modular Construction Not For Everyone

Gary Fleisher

The 2008 housing recession ended with many East Coast modular home factories closed forever along with scores of independent new home builders, both site and modular. There were no buyers looking for new custom homes. Then in 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States...

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May 2020
Issue #12250
Page 92
Gary Fleisher

8 Intrinsic Values of Modular Home Construction

Gary Fleisher

Whenever a site builder asks me why they should go modular, they are really asking me how they can make more money going modular. Some of them are long time site builders that have looked at converting to modular construction and just can’t bring themselves to pull the trigger. It’s...

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April 2020
Issue #12249
Page 98
Craig Savage

A Case for Innovation in the Building Industry

Craig Savage

For years, I’ve been interested in why the residential building industry has been so slow to innovate. Other industries constantly innovate. The U.S. automobile industry, arguably pushed along by Japan and European car makers, continues to advance its products and production methods....

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 72
Craig Webb

This Chart Helps Spur Mega-Millions in Off-Site Construction Investments—But Can It Be Trusted?

Craig Webb

Go to a meeting about modular construction, mass timber, and other off-site components manufacturing and odds are one of the speakers will show this chart [See PDF or View in Full Issue]. I’ve been to events where four consecutive speakers showcased it in their presentations. Some of these...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 90
Gary Fleisher

Millennials Creating a Modular Housing Evolution

Gary Fleisher

Contrary to what we Boomers think, Millennials are no longer children. Born between 1981 and 1996, they are in their twenties, or even late thirties, and already entering the single family home market.  Millennials will outnumber Baby Boomers in 2020 and they’re a market segment...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 105
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word from 2020 IBS on Floor Cassettes

Joe Kannapell

A few CMs have already heard the “buzz” about floor cassettes from the annual International Builders Show (IBS). A good portion of January’s Show dealt with offsite construction, and prebuilt floor sections are of major interest. At one of the Show’s seminars, we...

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 143
Gary Fleisher

Why Modular Home Factories Need to Expand Right Now!

Gary Fleisher

Just in case you haven’t looked out your window lately, new home construction is happening everywhere, especially on the East and West Coast. Traditional new home site builders are facing labor shortages in not only skilled trades but also in basic framing. This shortage is having a...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 94
Joe Kannapell

Epilogue to 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation: Designing Great Software

Joe Kannapell

Reviewing our 50-year journey tells us much about software. Now let’s recap how good software becomes great: 1. Continuity of development: Note our three distinct programs, each one totally rewritten to tackle larger objectives. Yet each was based on 15+ years of experience with the...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 8

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