WHY PANELIZED CONSTRUCTION IS BETTER THAN TRADITIONAL CONSTRUCTION?
WHAT IS PANELIZED CONSTRUCTION?
Panelization is a ‘prefabrication technique’ that allows the off-site assembling of steel panels in a controlled manufacturing environment.
Panelization is an ideal manufacturing method for steel framing systems as members can be cut to exact lengths.
Panelization construction techniques use advanced technology, quality materials, and a controlled work environment to build energy efficient buildings in less time.
Panelized construction comprises building components that are made in a factory environment and then shipped to the construction site for incorporation into the building. With panelized construction, prefabricated building components, typically ready to erect wall and floor panels are set into place at the site.
6-STEP PROCESS OF PANELIZED CONSTRUCTION:
QUICKER INSTALLATION AND ERECTION
It helps in reduction in framing time with an average speed faster by 60%-65% than that of stick framing. The labeling of panels makes it simpler and faster to identify modules on the site.
The walls go up quickly once the ready o erect panels are on site which results in the completion of the building much sooner. Construction delays due to bad weather can also be minimized. Panelization can shave off the majority of a construction project’s field time as we erect complete wall panels rather than installing single studs.
Panels are assembled in the factory, and then shipped to the site. Ready panels help assemble the structure in a record time frame.
MINIMUM MATERIAL WASTAGE
Prefabricating the framing leads to less wastage on-site. Because of the precise construction, it can result in a more energy-efficient building envelope.
Prefabricated materials can be recycled/reused multiple times over. Thus, less waste is generated with offsite framing compared with On-site framing.
DID YOU KNOW?
Since 2012, the prefabricated steel recycling rate for general construction is approximately 74%.
REDUCED COST OF CONSTRUCTION
Panelized Construction cuts the framing/erection duration by as much as 65%, therefore significantly reducing the construction timelines and interest costs.
Production costs are decreased by manufacturing in areas with lower raw material costs. As panelized steel framing comes as fully framed individual walls directly from the factory which minimizes the work of manually erecting the studs and tracks resulting in reduced labor costs due to less on-site labor requirement.
It also helps in reducing insurance costs during the construction phase, which brings down the overall project cost.
OFFERS DESIGN FLEXIBILITY
Why do Architects like building with Steel?
Because of the capacity of steel beams to carry more load as compared to wooden beams, one can have larger barrier-free openings and longer cantilevers with steel than with wood.
The prefabricated construction method gives the architects flexibility in terms of the building’s structural design, getting limitless opportunities to design the buildings as per the client’s specific requirements.
Custom Engineering and Prefabrication ensure leaving no chance of interpretation on site and that corresponds to avoiding surprises on site, providing quality failproof construction.
REDUCED LABOR REQUIREMENT
The construction labor market has always faced challenges. Since the 2008 recession, the construction industry has been struggling with finding and keeping skilled manual labor.
Panelized steel framing is a better solution to this issue. Less manpower is required for all panelized steel projects due to manufacturing and prefabrication of steel panels off-site which can be delivered just in time to the project.
In 2006, a study conducted by the Structural Building Components Association found that a panelized building, compared to a stick-built structure, required 35-40% fewer man-hours to build.
DID YOU KNOW?
The construction industry will need to attract nearly 650,000 additional workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2022 to meet the demand for labor, according to a model developed by Associated Builders and Contractors.
QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION
Prefabrication construction techniques enable improved quality control and management. As panels are manufactured in their climate controlled environment, they’re closely monitored for quality and meticulously labelled to be shipped for seamless on-site installation sequencing.
Quality construction is achieved with proper finishing and accuracy in dimensions. Panels are constructed on a flat horizontal platform, where carpenters can work at the ideal height, allowing precise control over the final product. The material used is also under tighter scrutiny, resulting in a better-quality panel.
REDUCED ON-SITE ACCIDENTS
One of the most important concerns that people have about the on-site construction method is the safety and security of the workers, labors, and people in and around the site. There are a myriad of things that can go wrong, which puts the life of the people at risk.
With prefabricated construction, a significant part of the construction is done in a controlled factory setting, which significantly reduces the risks on on-site accidents.
This significantly reduces the risk of on-the-job accidents, and liabilities, which in turn reduces any delay in construction process, resulting in less insurance cost.