Already roof trusses enjoy a roughly 70 percent market share in new U.S. homes, and the logic and reason for this dominance increasingly will extend to wall panels, floor joists and engineered wood products. It’s inevitable, and low-cost, pervasive BIM solutions only accelerate the transition.
So, with BIM and the increasingly engineered nature of the frame, it’s really not far-fetched, even 10 years from now, for a young framer to wander by a stack of banded 2x4s and ask, “What did you guys used to use those things for?”
John D. Wagner is an award-winning author of many books and articles about construction, and a frequent contributor to the industry’s leading trade magazines. A sought-after speaker for industry events, he can be contacted at JohnDWagner.com. Read past columns at ForResidentialPros.com.