Rapid change in the North American homebuilding industry is generating a much faster rate of growth in demand for engineered wood products. Systems-built homes and components have largely replaced traditional site-built methods in many countries, such as Sweden and Japan. The same developments are taking shape in North America, according to a recent study by Peter Woodbridge & Associates Ltd. However, in North America, the individual homebuilder is the driver of these changes.

Homebuilders are experiencing acute shortages of skilled on-site labour. They need faster completion times and lower construction costs. Today's certified builders know that consumers demand top quality workmanship. For their part, homeowners are becoming more vocal in demanding safe housing, quality assurance and reliable home warranties.

In the United States, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is calling on the industry to reduce the cost of homes by 20% by 2010. Leading US homebuilders are responding to the challenge through Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) programs coordinated by the NAHB.

Engineered wood, including fingerjoint lumber, can meet the new demands and is recognised as providing a high quality, dependable and cost-effective alternative to traditional building products.

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