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After the two homes were fully framed and dried-in, the thousands of images collected were analyzed to determine the man-hours it took to complete each discreet framing task and how much waste was generated in the process. The results of the Framing the American Dream study are conclusive: The component-framed house required 152.1 man-hours to complete, whereas the stick-framed house required 373.5 hours. It took two and half-times longer to construct the stick-framed version of the floorplan.

Side-by-Side Time-lapse Video of Stick-Framed vs. Component-Framed House

More About Materials

The Framing the American Dream study shows a clear difference in material efficiency between the two framing methods. The stick-framed house used 20,643 board feet of lumber and EWP while the the component-framed house used 15,052 board feet of lumber and EWP.

That means the component-framed house used 25% less wood product.

The component-framed house produced very little jobsite waste, only half a cubic yard. That’s equivalent to three standard 32 gallon trash cans. The stick-framed house resulted in significantly more waste, approximately 15 cubic yards, or roughly 102 standard 32 gallon trash cans (or a 15 yard dumpster).