Modular and panelized homes use efficient construction processes that can make housing more affordable and still consist of wood stud wall panels and wood roof trusses.
If they also include more enduring construction specifications then we can get past the problems associated with most such construction to date. Specifications tailored to Pacific Northwest and maritime climate conditions can extend use-life of homes able to survive our intense conditions.
Innovative approaches to site-built, panelized, and factory-built homes that distinguish between true efficiencies and “short-cuts” are essential to being able to afford to get new housing on the ground.
These approaches also show promise of improving livability, energy efficiency, and providing significant lifetime cost savings.
Tom Bender dreamed of using this type of construction to make real his dream of what he called a Flex-Plex that could be brought to a site in two pieces. He also dreamed of having the design certified state wide.