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Published on Oct 31, 2006
This is a wood framing technology, originally from Japan, that I led the effort to transfer to the USA. Essentially a small group of untrained people can erect an entire house frame in 1-3 days, depending on the size of the structure.
The system is precut 100% by CAD/CAM--see that process here: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=NY6ujuD... Uses engineered wood and wastewood (glulams, LSL) and is very resource and energy efficient. It can also be much more energy efficient than stick framing using innovative insulated panels similar to SIPs.
The framing costs, with full custom precut are about double that of pile of 2x6's and nails--Built in a couple of days, without any skilled labor means the final erected cost is about 20-30% less than stick framing.
For those who might be worried about stability, Japan has 3 seismic occurrences per day and this system meets all japanese earthquake and typhoon standards.