On-site vs. Off-site Construction Methods – Make the right decision with total cost/total benefit analysis.
Presenter: by Scott Sedam, president, TrueNorth Development, Inc.
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Off-site construction methods have been on the verge of revolutionizing homebuilding since the end of World War II, yet the promise remains unfulfilled. Some off-site methods such as trusses, panels and even pre-cut framing packages have been used for a hundred years or more, and modular solutions have been available for more than 50 years. All combined, however, the latest figures show off-site methods account for only 3% of current production. The current severe trade labor shortage is pushing off-site methods to the forefront, attracting tremendous amounts of investment capital. So why has the industry been reluctant to adopt these methods and will this latest wave result in a new outcome? In this webinar, Scott Sedam will show you why off-site production has failed to catch on and why it finally has the potential to revolutionize homebuilding. The secret is measurement of the true, total cost of both the benefit and cost of on-site vs. off-site production. Scott will show you how to measure in a way that enables you to make the right decision for your homebuilding process.
Scott Sedam is president of TrueNorth Development, an internationally known consulting and training firm focused exclusively on the building industry. Now in its 23rd year, TrueNorth conducts consulting projects and training workshops with more than 250 builder, supplier and trade clients in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. During the recent industry downturn, TrueNorth’s LeanBuilding™ processes saved clients more than $300 million, demonstrating clearly how to improve product and processes while improving builder, supplier and trade relationships. He is a passionate advocate of the application of Lean Methods as the way to reduce cost without the collateral damage that inhibits long-term growth and success. Currently Sedam serves as an award-winning contributing editor for Professional Builder Magazine and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Home Builders Institute (HBI) that is leading the way toward rebuilding the American trade base.