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The advantages of factory-built houses using a panelized home kit

Well established in the Quebec landscape for more than 30 years, offsite prefabricated panelized homes offer many advantages when compared with houses built on site in the traditional way. Manufactured in the factory before being delivered as a kit to site, Maisons Laprise's prefabricated homes are specially designed to provide superior energy efficiency during our […]

12 January 2021

Well established in the Quebec landscape for more than 30 years, offsite prefabricated panelized homes offer many advantages when compared with houses built on site in the traditional way. Manufactured in the factory before being delivered as a kit to site, Maisons Laprise's prefabricated homes are specially designed to provide superior energy efficiency during our harsh winters thanks to its 5 ½ inch thick wall panel system, its Z anti-thermal bridging columns and its unique patented insulation.

The use of technology in all construction processes from design to project management to prefabrication not only makes construction more efficient, faster and greener on sites, but it allows to minimize errors, accelerate assembly times, control the quality of assembly before installation as well as cost projects more precisely ensuring compliance with budgets established by customers.

Here are the main advantages of prefabricated panel homes:

Reduction of wastage produced by construction

Maisons Laprise's offsite prefabrication technique generates less than 2% of building material wastage which is then recycled or reused for other projects. The prefabricated structural elements that are delivered to the jobsite allow for clean, organized and just-in-time jobsites. The company wants to offer optimal material management to avoid sending unnecessary building materials to landfills. In addition, Maisons Laprise uses a maximum of locally sourced materials to reduce the ecological footprint of its home kits and favors local workers near construction sites for subcontracting works.

Manufacturing of panelized homes in a controlled environment

Factory fabrication and leading-edge equipment ensures reliable and high-precision assembly in a fully controlled environment. The temperature’s ups and downs thus have very little impact on the time it takes to manufacture structural components of houses and projects.

Factory manufacturing also makes it possible to carry out systematic quality control tests during the various stages of production. These tests ensure the quality and reliability of the assemblies, of the materials used and the house structural components. 

Maisons Laprise also extends its quality processes to the construction sites. During the delivery of a kit and during construction, depending on the home building option selected, Laprise’s quality control inspectors ensure that the compliance of its assemblies and works carried out on site is validated. Note that the quantity of materials supplied with the Laprise kits is guaranteed. To support its promise of quality, the Laprise kits come with a 10-year structural warranty whether the kits are for Do-it-yourself, Shared Tasks or Turnkey projects.

Quality control off-site, quality control on-site

Maisons Laprise believes that the acquisition of an energy-efficient home should not be a luxury but rather a responsibility with a view to minimizing the ecological footprint of buildings and reducing energy consumption.

To contribute to the general effort, the Quebec company has developed a home kit system and a wall panel prefabrication technique that uses methods among the best in the industry in terms of construction, insulation and energy efficiency.

To ensure optimal insulation, Maisons Laprise has developed an insulation and air/waterproofing technique to ensure an optimal insulation R total factor.

Expertise in energy efficient homes

To achieve this, Laprise wall panels are factory-insulated using a high performance rigid insulation that does not sag even during transportation, does not absorb moisture and does not attract insects, parasites or animals and does not lose its properties when exposed to air during construction. Since all wall panels are factory-built, the installation of insulation is done with specialized equipment and jigs to ensure tight and strictly controlled assemblies to prevent thermal loss when mounted on-site.

In addition, the company pays special attention to technical detail in the design of its home kits, for example, by managing the waterproofing of its openings to prevent water from entering during the life of the house. In addition, all Laprise homes come with energy-efficient windows and doors that are Energy Star® certified. 

At Laprise, the quality is found in small details, small details that make a big difference in the long-term house performance. Maisons Laprise’s employees are proud to contribute to the comfort and quality of life of their customers while helping to protect the environment.

Speed of construction

Unlike traditional houses, pre-engineered home kits can be installed on site in only a few days and generally completed in 3 or 4 months with all its finishings depending of the area of construction. This speed is largely due to the prefabrication of the components and the assembly of the wall panels in the factory in a dry, safe and controlled place. Indeed, factories like those of Maisons Laprise offer vast work environments and prefabrication technology like no other manufacturer of prefabricated homes to date in the province. This new era in offsite construction allows for the pre-engineering of the various house components without the vagaries of traditional assembly on construction sites. Site workers are thus more efficient and are more motivated to build faster, better and greener sites and provide a quality contribution to projects.

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