Prefabrication and Panelization Markets Expect Significant Growth

ArmorWall Structural Insulated Sheathing™ is designed to be an exceptional insulated sheathing material for projects using panelized wall assemblies and prefabrication manufacturing techniques.

This Life Time Fitness Northshore in Peabody, MA utilized prefabricated, panelized ArmorWall VP to meet fire-rating, continuous insulation and other energy efficiency code requirements in a cost-effective manner with a durable, lasting product.

What is Panelization?

Panelization is a fast-growing construction method used to build multifamily and commercial buildings quickly and cost-effectively.  When compared to traditional construction techniques where wall systems are fully built-on site, oftentimes in challenging weather conditions, panelization allows for the fabrication of full wall panel assemblies in a controlled manufacturing environment. Completed panels are then shipped to the site and lifted into place quickly using cranes and other equipment.

This assembly of wall panels in an off-site, controlled location is referred to as prefabrication, and is well on its way to becoming one of the top construction methods in the industry.

BuildSteel States Positive Outlook

A recent article by BuildSteel identifies a very positive outlook for the prefabrication industry. As stated in the article, Construction Dive has projected that the prefabricated construction market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 6.9% from $112.4 billion in 2019 to $153 billion by 2023.

According to BuildSteel, cold-formed steel (CFS) is the preferred material choice for prefabricated wall systems, modular construction, and other construction. Its lightweight and non-combustible properties make it an ideal choice for prefabricated projects.

ArmorWall, Prefabrication, and Panelization

This is great news for projects that specify ArmorWall, as our panels attach perfectly to CFS, resulting in a high-strength and durable building enclosure system. The prefabricated structural insulated sheathing panels and assemblies are also in compliance with NFPA 285. The panels arrive to the job site with a one or two-hour fire rating and a variety of pre-applied air and water-resistive barriers.

Prefabricating and panelizing ArmorWall enables general contractors and installers to yield even greater saving than they do with traditional ArmorWall installations.  Whereas in traditional ArmorWall installations the installer must seal all sides of the panel, panelizing ArmorWall means the installer only has to seal the panel seams where the prefabricated panels meet, saving even more time and money on labor.

MaxLife Industries offers a panelized-ready solution with our ArmorWall system that can be shipped and installed in days, not weeks. If you are interested in a panelized project with ArmorWall, MaxLife would be happy to assist alongside your local panelizer. You can also view our Panelization Guide in our Product Downloads page under the Guides section. Please contact Customer Service or your local sales representative for more information.

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