How will this all shake out?
Traditionally if an owner or builder went to construct a house they used the assemblies that were common to the area. There might be several choices, but typically they were those used by, and familiar to, everyone in the trades.
We are currently in a period of transition, where these assemblies, being seen as not responsive to the demands we put on contemporary houses, are being discarded or updated.
For the larger industry players this has taken the form of responding to the new building code requirements. For posters here on GBA it has typically taken the form of every project re-inventing each assembly to suit the owner’s situation and goals.
Do you see this changing over time where, even among those interested in the innovative edge of energy efficiency, the range of diversity narrows to several ways of building each element, or will the proliferation of custom assemblies continue, and each house will be customized not only in it’s design, but in the materials and assemblies used?
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