PRE FAB HOUSE COMPONENTS

What are structural building components?

Structural building components are sections of framing that are assembled in a manufacturing plant before being transported to a jobsite. These components include roof trusses, floor joists and wall panels. These components are environmentally sound, economical framing alternatives to conventional ‘on-site stick-built’ methods. Structural building components are created using sophisticated CAD technology in controlled indoor production facilities with minimal labor and advanced equipment to ensure the highest levels of craftsmanship, quality and the optimum usage of building materials.

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HOW ARE PRE FAB HOUSE COMPONENTS ECONOMICAL?

When you use lumber more efficiently, you receive better value from each piece of wood. A quality assurance guarantee is much easier to achieve within the controlled manufacturing environment. Pre fab house components are ordered ahead of time and available on the jobsite at the precise time the framing is ready to start. Less labor is involved in jobsite assembly , so roofs, floors and walls are installed in a fraction of the time. Construction errors and delays are minimized by using components. Components do not contribute to waste on the jobsite, cleanup is easier and quicker. The manufacturing process is more efficient because the factory can operate every day regardless of weather. Most important, pre fab house components have high structural reliability and are engineered to work for a lifetime. Components generate savings in time, material and labor.

Wall panel component systems

Instead of having to use very experienced carpentry crews who build homes one piece of lumber at a time, measuring, cutting, nailing, including code related structural headers and framing for window and door openings – there is a better way. The introduction of computer designed, pre-engineered and built wall panel components has significantly simplified the process saving time, labor and materials. They are made in controlled factory environments using laser precision technology to ensure consistent quality and fit in a pre fab house. All the window and door openings are built in as well as structural headers above all the openings, even the OSB exterior cladding is installed. These wall panel components are labeled and accompanied by detailed instructions for set-up sequence and placement. This speeds up installation. All this also reduces the risk of job-site injuries and theft. Since there is much less cutting there is less waste, which results in lower costs of dumpster removal. Additionally, since the factory is a controlled environment, all the materials used are stabilized resulting in less shrinkage, warping and twisting in the finished pre fab house due to weather conditions.

Wall panel components outperform stick built homes in many ways. They are much quicker to install since the sections are easily placed and secured. Minimal labor is used on site, tolerances are maintained and walls are square. Proper nailing patterns are applied and high quality materials are selected, exterior cladding is applied at the factory.

COMPARISON IN FRAMING WALLS OF TWO IDENTICAL 2,600SF HOMES
  STICK-BUILT COMPONENT
MAN HOURS TO FRAME      93  HOURS      26.5  HOURS
QUANTITY OF LUMBER 4598 BD.FT.      4598 BD.FT.
SAVINGS 66.5 HOURS and 0 BD.FT.

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Why do component systems outperform other building methods?

The wood frame component systems that GREEN-R-PANEL concentrates on is conceptually the same methodology as the conventional stick-built ways used for hundreds of years on construction job sites with dimensional lumber (2×3, 2×4, 2×6 etc). The major difference is that our component systems are designed, built, computer engineered in a factory NOT on the jobsite. By building all components in the factory, you save time, labor, materials and gain other significant benefits which ultimately saves you thousands of dollars. There are other wall systems on the market, such as SIPs but these do not use the ‘tried-and-true’ traditional systems and require a much different approach. There are special plants that make SIP panels using 2 sheets of OSB with white Styrofoam sandwiched between them glued under pressure. Since this type of panel is not well known to the trades, you require special SIPs experienced installers. These panels are extremely heavy and harder to move around, the openings for windows and doors usually have to be cut on the jobsite (with special equipment) requiring headers and framing to be built in afterwards. The building inspectors are unfamiliar with this product and therefore can have difficulty approving the jobsite. Since they are not open on the inside (although they do have predrilled chases within), the electrical and plumbing contractors find them difficult to complete (much harder to fish wire and must install boxes from outside by cutting the OSB) and therefore charge more to do this type of job. For SIP installations there must be special screws, glue, nails, attachments, cutting tools, foam scoopers a much more complicated system than GREEN-R-PANEL wood frame component wall systems. We take a much more practical and conventional approach, which ultimately generates the most savings, least complications and most importantly – PEACE-OF-MIND, that is why we have concentrated on (stud) wall panel components.

How are electrical & plumbing installed in wall component systems?

Electrical and plumbing services are performed in the same easy manner as standard stick-building, with the wall panels open and ready for wiring. The contractors have easy access to the stud system allowing for quick drilling and fishing of wires for hookup. These contractors will apply their standard methods and will be able to complete the job as in any normal jobsite.

How is using components environmentally responsible?

The wood used in structural building components is plentiful and readily available. This vital resource is renewable and sustainable. Manufactured components in the shop allows for the most efficient use of lumber. Building with components generates minimal waste – even the cut-offs are easily reused or recycled. Components optimize lumber resources and are designed to precise load carrying capacities. Components can be designed to maximize energy efficiency. Utilizing components encourages others, thereby promoting these environmentally friendly methods. Nearly five million trees are planted every day. Wood is the only renewable building material. Components enhance your options for green building! You help guarantee the future for you and the generations ahead by utilizing component systems!

Structural building components are the future of framing

Every year more and more builders choose to use component systems. Prefabricated roof trusses, floor joists and wall panels are recognized as the direction the homebuilding industry is heading. First conceived in the 1940’s, the use of structural building components has grown significantly. World realities of scarcity of trained labor to frame houses, the need to maximize the efficient use of lumber and sustain our forests, and the necessity to reduce costs to make housing available to more people are the key reasons for the growth of component systems. Component systems are being used to build more and more homes in North America and around the world. GREEN-R-PANEL is now extending the use of these component systems to small builders and do-it-yourselfers.

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Why isn’t everyone using component systems?

No one has paid attention to the small guy! These component systems have been in use for many years in different forms by larger builders, such as Pulte, Kaufman & Broad, Bartel. Now GREEN-R-PANEL has decided to help the small builder and do-it-yourselfer! We have developed a system to bring these innovative techniques and products to you. Now you too can realize the significant time and cost savings of prefabricated building systems. We have packaged specific components and accessories into a kit, to allow us to simplify your building process.

Comments from small builders who now use component systems

“Building with components, I went from having 28 men to 8 men on the job site, and I doubled my dollar volume. Every hour I take out of the field decreases liabilities, overhead and workers’ compensation. There’s no trash to pick up. A clean jobsite makes a safe job site. I was firm believer in stick-built for years, but I’ll never go back.”
     Richard, Princeton, IL.

“In working with contemporary homes, building with components holds your dimensions plumb, square and true, ensuring a dimensionally accurate home, reducing call-backs.”
     Jack, Glenview, IL.

“By using component systems, I was able to build my new home in a fraction the time it would have taken and saved a lot of money. I moved my family in quickly, my wife was very happy.”
     Warren, Jacksonville, FL.

“I used to see the big builders using these prefab systems for roofs, floors and walls, but all the individual homes were being built the old fashioned way with all the construction done on the job with pieces of lumber. Then I discovered that I could use components as well, with GREEN-R-PANEL’S help I had my own new house built with component systems. I got the benefits that those large builders had and saved time and money for myself.”
     Norman, Minneapolis, MN.

“You have to look at your bottom line, and the bottom line is that you save money with COMPONENTS! Time and man power are very difficult to come by. Using COMPONENTS, you can take the same man power and do so much more work.”
     Ralph, Louisville,KY.

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Floor joist component systems

Utilizing factory built floor joists are the solution to many floor framing challenges. Prefabricated floor joist installations create high quality, squeak-free construction with the added benefits of reduced framing time, waste, pilferage and callbacks. Design versatility offers tremendous advantages. These joists allow long spans and are easy to place, nail and cut if necessary. Our joist systems are revolutionary wood truss engineered with superior strength and load carrying capabilities. The system maintains the desirable features that have established it as the new standard in floor framing. These features include:

  • JOB SITE TRIMMABILITY – SOLID I JOIST ENGINEERING
    INDUSTRY LEADING STRENGTH/COST RATIO
  • INDIVIDUAL TRUSS TESTING-COST-EFFECTIVE ASSEMBLY
    METHOD WIDE NAILING SURFACES
  • EASY INSTALLATION-BUILDING CODE APPROVALS

The wide nailing surface provides for easy gluing and quick accurate attachment of decking, reducing squeaks and improving floor performance for the life of the structure. Shrinkage, warping or twisting are minimized reducing callbacks. No cutting is necessary therefore eliminating potential altering of the structural integrity of the house.

COMPARISON IN FRAMING FLOOR OF TWO IDENTICAL 2,600SF HOMES
  STICK-BUILT COMPONENT
MAN HOURS TO FRAME      38  HOURS      12  HOURS
QUANTITY OF LUMBER 4256 BD.FT.      3147 BD.FT.
SAVINGS
26 HOURS and 1109 BD.FT.
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Roof truss component systems

Component roofing systems are prefabricated as individual “trusses” designed and engineered on sophisticated computer systems that take into consideration stress and loads as well as wind. Lumber is precision cut-to-size, joined with code-approved steel connector plates, labeled and delivered to the jobsite. Component roof truss systems are much easier to build than conventional framing. Each truss component is designed to optimize strength and lumber resources. Long clear spans are easy to create, reducing or eliminating the need for interior bearing walls, beams and columns. Structures are closed-in more quickly, saving time and avoiding weather-related delays. Heavy duty, pre-built roof trusses arrive at your site ready to be placed on the perimeter walls that have been erected. Since they are clear span engineered, they do not need any interior walls to be built yet. This makes it easier for installation and movement. OSB roof sheathing, gable ends with overhangs, hurricane clips, roof vents, 30lb felt covering and fasteners are all included. Once the roof is complete, the house is closed-in for the remaining construction process to continue. Protected from the elements, the remaining phases can now be completed quickly and comfortably.

COMPARISON IN FRAMING ROOF OF TWO IDENTICAL 2,600SF HOMES
  STICK-BUILT      COMPONENT
MAN HOURS TO FRAME      142.5  HOURS      59.5  HOURS
QUANTITY OF LUMBER 7210 BD.FT.      4875 BD.FT.
SAVINGS
83 HOURS and 2355 BD.FT.

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