The significant advantages of systems-built construction include:
- Considerably Improved Speed of Construction – Projects can be completed in as little as 90-120 days from the date modules arrive on site with total construction time cut by 60% to 70%, significantly reducing carrying costs and risk. With most of the building’s construction being completed at indoor plants, weather related delays, damage and risks are virtually eliminated.
- Minimizing Hard Costs – Building thousands of homes each year results in incredible savings on construction materials and supplies. From drywall to steel, these savings are passed on to our customers. In addition, our “assembly line” construction, where we produce at incredibly high levels of efficiency (materials and labor), can reduce hard costs by 10-15%.
- Tremendous Soft Costs Savings – Significant savings results from the speedy delivery and completion of construction often where construction time can be cut by 60% or more. Additionally, our pricing includes a considerable portion of the architecture, engineering and design work on the units which is completed by our in-house staff. By employing systems-built construction, we can achieve significant soft cost savings as well.
- Virtually Eliminate Delays, Cost Overruns & Change Orders – When the systems-built components arrive on site, their interiors are already up to 90% complete with carpet, tile, appliances, countertops and bathrooms finished. This leads to the avoidance of unforeseen delays, change orders and costs. A systems-built approach eliminates the need for materials to sit on site awaiting installation eliminated the losses, damage and lower quality that result from materials being left outside, open to the elements. As components arrive on site, they are simultaneously erected onto building pads and made weather tight in hours.
- Site Friendly – Systems-built construction dramatically reduces the amount of heavy equipment traffic on site, construction time and disturbances to your neighbors.
- Good for the Environment – Our indoor manufacturing facilities are much better at reducing waste and maximizing recycling efforts than site-built construction. Systems-built construction techniques score extremely high in “Green Building” programs and result in a fraction of the refuse and debris.
- Improved Structural Integrity – Because systems-built structures are engineered to more stringent standards, they withstand stress resulting from shipping and placement upon the foundation. Individual components have structural sheathing, steel strapping (floor/wall/roof connections) and rigid fastening systems not found in site built structures. Walls are straighter, floors are flatter, and settling and shifting are minimized. Also, our building envelope includes both a floor and ceiling in all units, so when they are stacked, there is improved sound attenuation due to the double floor/system. The engineering of systems-built units have progressed so far that when compared to projects that are built on site, systems-built buildings are simply better from fit and finish and structural integrity standpoints.
- Improved Quality Control Systems – “Site-built” construction is not subject to the degree of advanced design review that systems-built construction is, nor do site-builders have to adhere to our formal quality control procedures at every step like construction within our plant. A systems-built housing unit will typically undergo up to 25 individual quality inspections and tests before being shipped to the site. You receive a project of better quality than standard site-built construction.
- Improved Energy Efficiency – With exterior walls, roofs and floors built as single components in the controlled environment of our indoor plants, air infiltration is minimized, effectiveness of insulation and other energy savings techniques is maximized and our structures can meet Energy Star/LEED certification requirements.