This week's question was fielded by our founder, principal, and architect extraordinaire, Phil Kaplan...
"I sell new construction, and am seeing homes that are steeply increasing in price due to rising costs in materials. Since BrightBuilt is made in a controlled environment, does this help offset some of these increases?"
-B. Morrison, New Hampshire
There are a few reasons why offsite construction can save costs, and it comes down to both materials and labor savings.
For one, the bulk of the construction happens indoors (as you point out) which allows tradesmen to work efficiently and with greater accuracy, particularly through our New England winters. All processes are systematized and streamlined, with consistent quality checks.
Also, our factories who can work on up to 30+ houses in some phase at one time, and can order supplies in bulk and use them more efficiently. Less product waste and tremendous purchasing power means some of that savings can be passed on to you.
And for builders, not bringing building materials to a different site each time, or having your employees drive there, particularly in more rural locales, can be a huge relief. The burden of having to coordinate quality subcontractors, who are increasingly harder and harder to book, also goes away. If the day-to-day logistical scheduling became a thing of the past, how much time would that free up? Wouldn’t you pass off some of those savings to your own clients if it meant you got to work on well-designed, net zero homes that you could be proud of, that saved the planet at the same time? That’s exactly what our best builders are doing, and they’re increasing their output at the same time.
So BrightBuilt Home is really a win-win-win proposition. A win for the homeowner. A win for the builder. A win for the planet.