Although prefabricated homebuilding technology offers reduced construction cycle time and improved framing quality, the majority of new houses in North America are still framed on-site using conventional “stick-built” practices. Due to extensive practical experience, the conventional approach is often viewed as the preferred, traditional, and historically “proven” method of construction, yet it can become the limiting factor for introducing advanced management, construction and engineering practices in the framing process.
- identify the barriers to a wider acceptance of prefabricated construction systems by the homebuilding industry;
- examine current wood products’ buying practices used by small- to medium-size building firms; and
- provide relevant development opportunities for prefabricated construction systems in Canada .