Panel walls? Didn’t that go out of fashion in the 80s? No, no…Downsizing after retirement usually means shopping for a smaller place to live. Some retirees will decide to build a new home. For those considering building a new home, have you considered a “panelized” home?
“Panalized construction” refers to two types of off-site construction. The first is a type of frame fabrication. The panel frame is built off-site and delivered to the job site for rapid installation. Search for providers in your area using Google.
The second type of panelization uses insulated panels as structural building material. It is commonly referred to as “SIPS” construction after the Structural Insulated Panel Association. (The association can direct you to builders in your area.)
The savings advantages can be significant because it saves time for the builder and the buyer. There are plenty of home “styles” and you can, at your option, buy a completely pre-made house. Check out more advantages at the Panelized Home Building Council.
On the environmental side, SIPs are similar to concrete construction. There is less manufacturing waste. (Unlike concrete, the material can be recycled!). Once constructed offer a strong seal from outside elements. This means lower heating and cooling bills.