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How long does it take to frame a house? It depends.

The 2015 BCMC Build project is making it possible to answer that question by framing two identical houses side by side. One home is being stick-framed, meaning individual pieces of lumber are cut and installed on the jobsite. The other home is being framed using structural building components, meaning the floor, wall, and roof were all designed and manufactured in a local facility and shipped to the jobsite.

Check out the photos below, live from the jobsite and refreshed every 60 seconds. 

The progress of the stick-built house since construction began on Friday, September 19.

The progress of the component-built house, framed October 21, 2015.

Building two houses for this year’s BCMC Build project means that two families will soon move in to mortgage-free homes through Operation FINALLY HOME. It’s also an opportunity to make a much-needed update to the data underlying the Framing the American Dream (FAD) initiative.

The FAD initiative began in 1995, as component manufacturers sought to analyze construction methods and identify ways to increase building efficiency to meet housing demand. The comparison data collected during this year's BCMC Build project will give builders, architects and manufacturers a clear understanding of which construction method is the most efficient way to frame.

Framing labor shortage is a bottleneck in home construction. The less time a framer spends on each house, the more buildings can be completed by the existing skilled labor pool. Efficient framing minimizes construction costs, helping builders keep up with demand and keep homes affordable.