Building Smarter Today for a Better Tomorrow
Where Smart Technology Meets Smart Building
Front Light Building Company has always strived to be innovative and find different ways to get to the end zone by not just working hard but working smart. In fact, we are revolutionizing how customers “see” their homes come to life. We have forged a partnership with Paradigm, a new acquisition by Builders FirstSource, to take our 2-D renderings, ever-changing cost information, and design choices and bring them to the 3-D, interactive space.
Furthermore, taking information that we created through our team of architects and planners and digitizing it into a 3-D BIM (Building Information Management) software allows us and our clients the ability to visualize and create an entire house on the platform and use the plans and data to actually build the home accurate to the computed 3-D model.
With Paradigm and Front Light, two worlds, construction and technology, come together to produce an integrated 3-D platform that encompasses so many needs for our customers and for our processes (i.e. accuracy, structure, pricing, visualization and more).
Plan and "Build" Your Home
Design Your Model Home
From the comfort of your own Home
See the virtual builder in action and watch these homes come to life in 3-D with the virtual design tools from Digital Tools Powered by Pardigm.®
How Does the Technology Change the Building Process?
WHAT IS OUR “WHY?”
Why did the team at Front Light decide to “go digital” and integrate these groundbreaking cost, time, and material-saving processes? Hear directly from Front Light’s CEO, Matt Green, on how Front Light’s organization strives to redefine the future of homebuilding while maintaining a tradition of building beautiful homes where people can create lasting memories.
Why did Front Light decide to adopt of suite of Digital Tools into the business and what impact does it have on the building cycle from Sales to Operations to Construction?
The Builders First Source Digital Tools powered by Paradigm presents a suite of products that allows our organization to fully engage in the use of these products. The products range from drafting and plan conceptualization, to build optimize where we can actually build the house virtually in 3D with our trades, to home configure which allows us to show the various interior and exterior options to our buyers to doing a real photorealistic walk-through tour of the house with the homeowner’s selections incorporated. It’s truly remarkable how these products tie together seamlessly, and most importantly allows our operations to be very accurate with our estimates and pricing.
What is the biggest impact and challenge we have seen with construction trades in today’s world and how are these tools building the trust and momentum in the field?
Trades are the key engine to making the construction happen in the field. It’s been frustrating over the last 3 years because the stress on trade activity has been overwhelming. We are using the BFS Build Optimize tool to take the 2D sets of plans and create a Digital Twin of the house. We then use this 3 D model and work with the framer, HVAC contractor, electrician, and plumber to build the house in a virtual setting with all the various components of each discipline. It’s a series of meetings where we come together to talk about challenges and specifically address where the clash detection points exist between the various trade disciplines. This has never happened in all my years of building, and I am personally seeing incredible benefits including better quality, cost savings, take off accuracy and more confidence and momentum between our team and the trades.
What does the impact of Front Light’s Digital Strategy have with the customer and what types of things are offered?
The customer’s 5-star experience is what we are striving for when building a new home for our customers. Our new digital strategy allows us to incorporate the customer immediately into the build experience by letting them see and experience the Digital Twin and house in a 3D setting. No longer do they experience a set of 2D plans, but they can walk through the house literally as a person. Additionally, we can now do a real live walk-through virtual tour of the house in a true photorealistic manner. What’s even more impressive is that once we go through our design process, we can take those selections and include them on the walkthrough and even give the customer a set of Virtual Reality goggles to feel the true perception of the house!
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