Frequently asked questions

What is FIOSS?


FIOSS – a Fully Integrated Off-Site Solution – is an off-site building system developed by engineering and manufacturing company Entekra. Not a product, but a process, FIOSS integrates conceptual model, architectural design and engineering plans with off-site automated manufacturing and rapid on-site assembly. The complete building system, which has no design constraints and has been

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Is FIOSS the same as modular?


No. While FIOSS and modular are both off-site construction methods that reduce build cycle time, they employ different approaches.  FIOSS incorporates panelization, which involves manufacturing the critical structural elements in panels that, after delivery to the job site, precisely fit together to create an weather-tight supershell. Modular involves building a structure in box-like sections –

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Can FIOSS supply only specific components – such as wall panels – for a given project?


No. FIOSS is a complete system – with wall panels, floor panels, roof trusses and all relevant materials – factory built after an extensive Design and Engineering phase, during which plans are translated to exacting specifications for automation.  Being a complete system is what allows FIOSS to deliver precision, efficiency and productivity gains to its projects.

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Are homes off-site built with FIOSS more difficult to remodel?


There is no difference in remodeling a FIOSS home from a stick-framed home. In fact, the detailed plans created during the manufacturing process for the FIOSS home can make the process easier because the plans accurately reflect where studs, pipes and wiring are located behind the drywall.

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Does FIOSS have any design constraints?


FIOSS has no design constraints and can be employed to prefabricate houses of any architectural style – from traditional to modern. Any house that can be stick framed can be precision manufactured off-site with FIOSS.

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