This is a good discussion. The design of the home should dictate truss and stick sections that work together. Truss designers that have many years of experience will know from what framers or builders tell them works the best. The combo of the two will usually lead to most cost effective. That is labor and materials. How many of you have used “valley trusses” (trusses that set on trusses and sheathing) forming valley of valley’s?
The first time that you use them you will say that it’s probably faster to hand frame in, however after you learn the quirks that go with them, its very fast.
I framed several years conventionaly, (walls) that is, then our truss supplier here asked me to try their wall panels, preframed wall sections that they stack on big pallet and deliver to the site with sheathing installed, where they butt end to end, use on extra stud and butt together and nail off studs to each other to hold. The owner of the company developed his own system pre computers about 30 years ago and had most of the bugs out of the system. I was amazed at how quickly you could put up all the walls, just need 3 man crew, and 2 of them don’t need to be journeymen but helps if one is. We did a 3500 sq ft with 2000 ft basement interiors and exteriors and all I had to do was trim off 3/16’s inch off plates on one wall to make every thing go together the first time. I was sold on it after that. Have to make sure you have a flat level deck, then it really makes the thing come together. The longest wall section is usually 12 feet, some 8feet depends on where the breaks end up. I’ve done this with single wall construction, hardboard panels and windows installed, just have to be more careful and walls are heavier but it works slick also. No way you can frame and stand that fast.
I wouldn’t have wanted to learn panels first though, without having framed many by hand the old fashioned way, because it’s that experience the keeps you doing it in proper sequence. All walls are numbered and we just drag and stand, nail top plated, line, brace. Larry Haun would cringe I’m sure, but finished product is high quality framing.
What are the panels systems that others are using, software etc, the capitol outlay for modern system has to be high, with many years use before return on investment. The old system that they use here, does one section about 16 feet long, and you hand nail with nail gun, with everything being about waist high in the warehouse. This equipment is still doing the work it was designed for but I know its about 25 years behind current technology.