Sometimes called panelization, panelized construction is the technique of using an off-site manufacturing facility to build walls, floors, and ceilings in a highly controlled environment. Once the modular sections are completed, they will be hauled to the construction site for installation. 

This method was first pioneered by the home building industry, but has since grown to be widely excepted in the multi-family housing industry. Now it’s used to build apartment complexes with more than 100 units and even hotels. 

Less Labor, More Control

Building panels at an offsite location offers several key benefits, chiefly, a decreased need for onsite labor and an increase in product quality and control. When panels are assembled in a controlled environment it requires fewer employees on site, decreases the amount of wasted materials, lowers the chance of job site burglary, and allows for volume purchasing.

Often, panels come in numbered sections, which allows crews to simply match the number with plans and install the panel in the correct location. These panels can also come with pre-made openings for doors and windows. Overall, studies have found panelized construction to be a viable means to make construction faster and cheaper.

As effeminacy becomes more and more of a focus of the construction industry, panelization may be adapted for other applications. Innovations like this will be the secret to success as construction continues to seek out new ways to embrace technology and new methods.