Innovative Technology in Home Construction: Impact on Labor and Costs

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 08:15 AM – 9:30 AM Patio Room, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees

The technology revolution is well underway in residential construction and home building, and the promise it holds for helping to address the rising cost of living is significant. Factory built housing, panelized, modular, light gauge steel structural systems, shipping containers and many more have all started to gain traction. After years of trial and error, clearer paths to more cost effective and higher quality construction solutions are becoming evident. However, many challenges remain to bringing the most viable innovative construction techniques into the main stream. Labor costs and labor shortages; material costs due to material shortages and trade wars; transportation costs due to factory locations; and regulatory hurdles due to outdated building codes are just some of the challenges facing the residential construction innovation revolution. How can we begin to address these challenges? What are on-going examples of residential projects that are using some of these new technologies and what lessons can being learned that will begin to inform solutions to these challenges?

Moderator: Randy Jackson, President, PlaceWorks


  • Chris Boal, District Manager – Integrated Construction, PCL Construction Services, Inc.
  • Jim Dixon, President, Togawa Smith Martin, Inc.
  • Chris Killian, Sr. Vice President – Construction, National Community Renaissance