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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Address to Innovative Housing Showcase, Complete Official Speech Text

June 10th, 2019 No comments


This week, we showed that the future belongs to the American builder. And we showed this limitless future can be accessed, owned, and built upon by any hard-working citizen of this great land we all call home,” Secretary Carson said in his closing remarks at the Innovative Housing Showcase (IHS).


That’s encouraging to all builders, including factory-builders. But today’s focus is on the official text provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.


Dr. Ben Carson
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Innovative Housing Showcase Opening Remarks
Washington, D.C., National Mall, June 1, 2019

As prepared for delivery. The speaker may add or subtract comments during his presentation.

Welcome, everyone, to the inaugural Innovative Housing Showcase!

My ride this morning was a 3D-printed car – a 3D-Printed Utility Vehicle (PUV), in fact – graciously lent to us by my friend, Secretary Rick Perry at the Department of Energy. This incredible technology is made possible by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who develops energy-efficient building system technologies, and is also an exhibitor in this week’s Showcase for 3D-printed housing materials.

When the printing press was invented in the year 1440, who could have imagined that six centuries later, we would be printing cars – and even homes? There may be no more enduring testament to the strength of the human spirit than when we come together, transcend our differences, and build a better tomorrow with the tools of today.

Innovation is what happens when the transformative power of the human brain is fully harnessed. As a brain surgeon, I often repeat a saying that my mother instilled into my brother Curtis and me, whenever we hit a roadblock growing up: “You have a brain – you have to use it.”

HUD and our partners are now clearing the road for millions of Americans to prosper by driving the development of a new generation of homes that are both more affordable and more resilient.

Before discussing some of the incredible highlights of the week ahead, I would like to take a moment to separately acknowledge and thank each of our exhibitors, who are pioneering the path for a bright future in America’s housing industry. These exhibitors include:

  • Akkerman Inc., whose innovative technologies allow new infrastructure to be installed in densely populated areas;
  • Barbco, who produces environmentally sensitive equipment that aids affordable housing development;
  • Boxabl, who developed the “universal building box” used to create almost any style of home at a fraction of the cost;
  • Build us H.O.P.E, who provides housing and supportive services to the homeless, disabled, and mentally ill;
  • Cavco, a leading designer and builder of systems-built structures, such as manufactured homes;
  • Core Housing Solutions, who provides affordable housing by building “tiny houses on wheels”;
  • Ditch Witch, who provides directional drilling machines and equipment;
  • Ducky Johnson, an award-winning structural moving and elevation company that has become a leading disaster response provider;
  • Hammerhead Trenchless, who manufactures products that rehabilitate and replace underground utility infrastructure;
  • IndieDwell, who makes quality, sustainable modular homes at affordable pricing;
  • MinMaxSpaces, a turn-key provider of relocatable buildings and storage solutions;
  • National Utility Contractors Association, whose technology allows utility infrastructure to be installed and accessible;
  • Piedmont Green, who provides high quality container house services;
  • Prescient, who changes the way homes are built through an innovative design platform;
  • Skyline Champion Corporation, who builds a wide variety of manufactured and modular homes; and
  • UMH Properties, Inc., a dedicated proponent of innovation and advancement in manufactured housing.

That’s a lot of names – but it takes teamwork to make any great dream work. And so, on behalf of HUD, I am grateful to each one of you for elevating this historic event with your participation.

The Purpose Of The Showcase: Increasing Affordability and Resiliency

What brings this incredible array of pioneers together this week is a joint mission to educate and inform America’s national conversation on housing policy. We believe the best way to galvanize people and policymakers toward a powerful vision of the future is to place that vision right in front of them – and show them what is truly possible.

The Showcase features state-of-the-art building technologies and housing solutions that can make homeownership more affordable for American families, and homes more resilient during natural disasters. In addition, there will be a wide array of exhibitions, prototype homes, panel discussions, and policy conversations with leaders across the housing industry over this five-day event.

While the policies of the Trump Administration have created “a rising tide that floats all boats” – including historic highs in employment, job creation, and financial growth – there are still far too many Americans who seek affordable rents or sustainable homeownership and simply cannot get their foot in the door.

To echo the words of our President, we have a special duty to make sure these “forgotten men and women” will be forgotten no longer.

It is especially meaningful that today marks not only the start of the Showcase, but also the first day of June – which has been designated by President Trump as National Homeownership Month. During this month, we are reminded that homes are not simply physical structures – they are social, cultural, and economic engines. They are where families are raised, and communities are interconnected. Housing problems are fundamentally human problems – and ultimately, that is the bottom line that truly matters.

As HUD Secretary, I spend a lot of time listening to the struggles and stories of everyday Americans trying to buy a home for the first time. It’s an uphill climb. But in my work, I have found there is nothing more rewarding than watching hard-working families successfully make the transition from public or HUD-assisted housing, to private home ownership. It is not only a journey of financial self-sufficiency – but one of deep and enduring pride.

That’s why, in response to the affordable housing crisis facing our country, new construction technologies and development techniques play a pivotal role in lowering the cost of production and increasing the affordability of new homes for millions of hard-working Americans.

For example, in recent years, manufactured housing is one solution that has emerged out of the limestone and stepped into the limelight – carrying the potential to permanently change the cost side of the equation.

According to data by the Manufactured Housing Institute, the average cost per square foot of a manufactured home is nearly half that of a site-built home – $49 [dollars] per square foot, as opposed to $107 [dollars]. These dramatic cost savings in construction enable responsible citizens to secure housing that may be considerably less expensive than renting or purchasing a site-built home.

And yet, even at this lower price, manufactured homes appreciate in value at a rate similar to site-built homes, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency Housing Price Index. Sustainable homeownership is the number one builder of financial capital for most American families. For example, the average net worth of a renter is $5,000 [dollars], while the average net worth of a homeowner is $200,000 [dollars]. That’s an extraordinary 40-fold difference. But with comparable home appreciation rates to site-built homes, manufactured homes exhibit their own extraordinary potential to be a wealth creation tool for families from every socioeconomic background.

And indeed, three fully-built manufactured homes are here, on display, for the American people to see and experience for themselves in the week ahead.

While home affordability is a challenge that touches every family, natural disasters remain a persistent threat that can decimate local communities and their way of life.

Just this week, at least 53 tornados ripped through eight states, stretching from Idaho to Colorado.

Natural disasters do not just devastate housing capital – they devastate human capital, through lives interrupted, school days missed, and communities fragmented under strain. To address this damage, last year, HUD allocated more than $35 billion in funding to 16 state and local governments, supporting America’s hardest hit regions. These grants represented the largest single amount of disaster recovery assistance in HUD’s history.

Technological innovations such as manufactured homes can help mitigate these harms through the use of environmentally resilient construction materials, as well as by providing an affordable and permanent housing solution for lower-income survivors.

For example, on a recent visit to Alabama, I was shown a site that was demolished by massive tornadoes – and the only homes in the area that successfully weathered the storm were manufactured houses. It was a testament to their resilience, befitting the silent strength of the American spirit.

HUD’s Role in Affordable Housing and Resiliency

Although this Showcase is the first of its kind, it is also the continuation of a joint effort from both the public and private sectors. Together, we have made it a top priority to increase the supply of affordable homes and provide a pathway to self-sufficiency for our country’s most vulnerable residents.

HUD’s innovation efforts complement our broader work in the areas of community revitalization, deregulation, and advancing economic opportunity. Some of these initiatives include:

  • Our recent investment of $74 million [dollars] to hundreds of public housing authorities across the country, so residents can increase their earned income, save for the future, and reduce their dependency on government assistance through the Family Self-Sufficiency Program;
  • Our work with local community leaders and public officials throughout the country to break down burdensome regulatory barriers to new home construction and development, which can account for 25-40 percent of costs; and
  • Our championing of Opportunity Zones, which are driving billions of dollars of private capital into the revitalization of economically distressed neighborhoods in a long-term, sustainable way.

In each area of focus, innovation has a powerful role to play in driving our country forward. For this reason, HUD recently created the Office of Innovation, which is accelerating public-private partnerships and borrowing wisdom from the best practices of American enterprise.

I am also delighted that two institutions under HUD’s purview will be exhibitors throughout the Showcase as well. These include the Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, and HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling.

The FHA is the largest mortgage insurer in the world. It maintains an active insurance portfolio of more than $1.3 trillion [dollars]. Each year, the FHA helps more than a million homebuyers achieve the dream of sustainable and affordable homeownership of single-family homes, while its insurance programs for multifamily properties support the availability of more than 300,000 affordable rental units, including for seniors and people with disabilities.

Our Office of Housing Counseling supports a nationwide network of Housing Counseling Agencies and counselors, who are trained to provide tools to current and prospective homeowners and renters, so that they can make responsible choices to invest in a home, prevent foreclosure, protect credit, or seek advice for housing needs in any financial situation. To increase the reach of this important work, HUD will be granting an additional $43 million [dollars] in federal funds to support hundreds of state and local HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agencies around the country.

While these programs open the doors of homeownership for so many American families throughout the year, HUD is especially humbled and honored today to be opening our own doors to the American public, hosting this historic Showcase in the heart of our nation’s capital.

Finally, I would like to extend a very special thanks to the National Association of Home Builders for co-presenting this Showcase with HUD – and for your tireless efforts to bring this incredible event to life. And we are also very grateful for the generous financial support provided by MiTek, the International Code Council, Inc., the National Multifamily Housing Council, the Whirlpool Corporation, and Professional Builder.


The participants in this Showcase are not just stakeholders in the US housing industry – we are stakeholders in the America our fellow citizens are building today, and for our children to inherit tomorrow.

A key lesson I drew from decades as a surgeon is one I see again as Secretary of HUD: The work isn’t easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. When a patient pursues the long road back to full health and self-sufficiency, changes do not happen overnight. Improvements take time, regular review, and the support of your whole family.

I am extremely proud of the family we have assembled this morning. I look forward to beginning a fantastic new tradition here on America’s front lawn, and to working with you, and for you, to ensure safe, quality, and affordable housing for all who call our great country home.

Thank you, and enjoy this exciting and historic week ahead!




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MH Challenger – 3D Printed Housing ICON Closes Funding, Conventional Housing Giant DR Horton, Middle Eastern, Deep Pocket Investors

October 25th, 2018 Comments off



According to a media release to MHProNews via Berkshire Hathaway owned, BusinessWire, ICON announces a deal to close $9 million dollars in funding for what could be the most serious competitor to HUD Code manufactured homes on the horizon today.


ICON, as the Daily Business News on MHProNews has previously reported, is the firm that obtained the first-reported building permit for a residential 3D Printed home.

Among the money funders for ICON?

  • Oakhouse Partners, is said to be a lead-backer. Others include:
  • D.R. Horton, the largest homebuilder by volume in the U.S. since 2002;
  • Emaar, the largest developer in the Middle East and creator of the tallest building in the world;
  • Capital Factory, a Texas start-up accelerator;
  • CAZ Investments;
  • Cielo Property Group;
  • Engage Ventures;
  • MicroVentures;
  • Saturn Five;
  • Shadow Ventures;
  • Trust Ventures;
  • Verbena Road Holdings and
  • Vulcan Capital among others.

With conventional housing sliding, as rising interest rates and other factors slow sales, it should be a strong time for HUD Code manufactured housing producers.


Official Federal Housing and Construction Activity Report, Video


With the potential advantages of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA), and the Duty to Serve manufactured housing and other underserved markets required by the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), this ought to be a strong time for HUD Code manufactured home producers, retailers and community sales.

But a lack of proper leadership by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), has per several industry sources, created arguably avoidable artificial internal headwinds for the industry.  See what the new communities group president had to say in their recent statement that ripped MHI for a lack of effectiveness.



The above reveals the number of views on this date for the video posted further below. MHI raises and spends millions a year. Why can’t MHI do something effective to advance manufactured housing? Why do they use distractions to appear to be doing market, which new HUD Code manufactured home shipment statistics and trend-lines alone reveal are ineffective?


Every check sent to MHI by an independent operation is arguably feeding the hand that bites you.  If you are an independent, small-to-mid-sized operation, the concerns raised about MHI by MHARR, the emerging new communities association, or others is just a sad reflection of reality” said L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.  Kovach is the publisher of MHProNews, and award-winning industry expert.

The evidence?  A recent example is found in the fact-checked report, linked below.


Weaponized News Spotlight – HUD, MHARR and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)


It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that MHI, Clayton, Berkshire, and other purported powers behind the Arlington, VA based trade group are either totally ineffective, or are arguably working against the interests of the majority of the manufactured housing industry’s independents,” Kovach said. As a political independent, he added that “The fact that Clayton would fund the opposition campaign of a longtime supporter of MHI’s own bill [Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act] tells you that these smiling folks are loyal first and foremost to themselves, and their own interests.  It’s part of their moat.  That’s arguably why they are open to backing Democrats, because the Democrats are historic friends of big taxes, big regulations, which kill small to mid-sized businesses, and the jobs that they create.”




If enhanced preemption and the DTS were being robustly enforced, HUD Code manufactured housing could be roaring instead of snoring. RVs have grown in sales, why not manufactured housing?


The quotes shown were not for this specific topic, but are being applied as a principle worthy of consideration for this topic.

The greatest hindrance and the greatest threat to the industry is not the economy, the homes or the communities, it is governmental interference and over-regulation,” said Neal T. Haney, speaking on behalf of the new national communities focused post-production trade association.

No Effective National Representation’…

The national legislation and rule making over the last ten years has proven that we do not have that representation” at the federal level, Haney explained. One only has to look at the passage of the Safe Act and the Dodd-Frank Act to see how devastating and onerous national legislation can be. Other similar chattel groups (the RV industry) saw the proposals and their representation managed to have them exempted,” said Haney.


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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. MHI earlier last year, and for years before, MHI routinely replied promptly to all inquiries. But since we’ve spotlighted the problems and concerns with their effectiveness, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not make offer a cogent explanation?




We’re in the middle of a global housing crisis and making old approaches a little better is not solving the problem. It is ICON’s belief that the homebuilding industry needs a complete paradigm shift.” – Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of ICON.

Is this emerging tech a potential threat to HUD Code manufactured housing builders and communities?

There are some in the community sector that I’ve spoken with that quietly acknowledge that there are several potential threats for their part of the industry,” said Kovach. “That concern is likewise found among some independent HUD Code builders too.  We believe the MH industry can, and should be roaring, not snoring.  But so long as the industry allows MHI and their string-pullers to play ‘rope a dope’  with indepdents, then those outside threats or challenges to the industry will arguably only grow, not diminish.



Objective analysis and critique are essentially for growing a locations sales, and thus the industry to its potential.

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Different construction methods exist – or emerge – for a variety of reasons.


3D printing of housing, for example, is being tested globally. Some say 3D printed housing is the obvious answer for building housing on the lunar landscape, or other planets.  “It sounds crazy, but it would be a lot crazier to fly sheet rock and 2×4’s to Mars,” Jason Ballard, ICON CEO per Business Insider.

JasonBallardPhotoCofounderCEOIconTreehouseICONLogoDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsLogo400There are also reasons why independent trade publishing which fact-checks is necessary for the factory-built-housing industry.

When there is a buzz about:

  • alternative construction,
  • emerging, or
  • automated technologies then

investors, homebuyers, policy wonks, and others may ask – ‘why should we mess with HUD Code manufactured homes?’

So, it is obviously an important issue to millions.

With that backdrop, mentally place yourself in the shoes of an affordable housing advocate, hedge fund manager, or housing seeker, and then read the following.


Mainstream media outlet Business Insider (BI) ran what is at best a dubious headline, “These 3D-printed homes can be built for less than $4,000 in just 24 hours.”

The videos by third party are posted by the Daily Business News on MHProNews, and were not part of the BI article.


Here’s how that BI article opens:

Printable homes represent the latest wave in construction, but they’re not always cheap to build.

Earlier this year, Branch Technology, an architectural startup,developed a prototype of a 1,000-square-foot 3D-printed home that would cost about $300,000 — a price too high to be considered a solution to the global housing crisis.

In March, New Story, a housing nonprofit based in San Francisco, and ICON, a construction-technology company that designs 3D printers, unveiled what they said was “the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America”: a 350-square-foot structure that cost about $10,000 and took just 48 hours to build.

At the time, the printer — known as the Vulcan — was running at only 25% speed. That gave the companies confidence that they could build a 600- to 800-square-foot home in just 24 hours for $4,000 or less. Before using 3D-printing technology, it took New Story eight months to build 100 homes, each costing about $6,000.”  Their article is found at this link here.

Note that the printer for these 3D printed housing units is portable, weighing about 2,000 pounds.

Here’s a news video that serves to make the point on why fact-checks and common-sense analysis are not only useful, but necessary. Note how the still emphasizes that same $4,000 price?  It’s the same figure that BI and others in mainstream media are reports on ICON’s and the New Story’s non-profit efforts are using.


But if you listen carefully, ICON’s founder says that the price is for the wall system and framing, not the systems of the house, like HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc.

Another news outlet said that an ICON project in El Salvador would cost $1,000,000 for 100 homes. Presumably, that is the price of building it there, not in the U.S. If so, that’s $10,000 per ‘tiny house.’

FYI – MHProNews reached out to ICON with questions about what is and is not included in the cost, and received no reply. We plan another outreach in reaction to this article.

So, the Daily Business News turned to another 3D printing builder for their take on this ICON related pricing claims. Here’s what Don Musilli, CEO of 3D Build Systems LLC, Englewood, Florida told MHProNews this week.


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Tony: The prices stated with these printed homes are materials cost. We can print an exterior and interior wall in a 1,000 sq. ft. home for under $10,000.00 materials cost. So these numbers are not really indicative of the sell price of the home plus this home has no HVAC and minimal lighting. No toilet, sink, etc.,” said Musilli.

We [3D Build Systems] believe we can produce a 1,400.00 sq. ft. home, complete, ready to move in for around $100,000.00. That is more reasonable and more accurate,” Musilli said in an electronic statement.

One more point,” added Musilli. “It is our goal to attempt to complete the homes in 30 days or less. We are working on the process for wiring, plumbing and installation of the split heating/cooling system to be done as quickly as possible. The finish is just the concrete wall with a stucco like finish.”

If Musilli’s pricing comes to pass, that would be $71.42 per square foot. That’s considerably less than prior estimates for the same sized home of about $100,000.


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As has been noted above and previously, to achieve more affordable housing, there should be an openness to new as well as proven construction methods, including HUD Code manufactured homes, on an equal opportunity basis.


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What Does the Emerging 3D Printing Mean to Manufactured Housing?

A manufactured home industry veteran told MHProNews today that the industry has a “once in a lifetime” chance to get it right.  The need for affordable housing is so great, and there are numerous media sources that are shedding positive light on HUD Code manufactured homes.  One of several examples from this year is found below.


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Be that as it may, it is challenges from emerging technologies that are among the reasons our publisher repeatedly warns the industry’s independents against what he sees as the “artificially caused challenges” to HUD Code manufactured home builders, retailers, communities and other industry professionals. One of many such challenges are spotlighted in the article linked below, which can be read later for greater understanding of the issues.


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The Manufactured Housing InstituteMHI – and their mouth-pieces keep calling for ‘unity’ in the industry.  That’s a potentially loaded term,” says L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.  “Someone can unite an industry by consolidating it. Uniting an industry could in some cases be construed as an antitrust issue, as their own handout says. That said, the point should be that a few players that have purportedly manipulated regulators, aspects of media engagement, public officials and capital could have over played their hand. In the meantime, that process has arguably cost thousands of industry professionals to lose their businesses to closure or a cheaper sale than a normal market condition would have provided them.”

The other side of the coin,” said Kovach, “is that MHARR, MHI and state association like Texas did pull together in a way that benefited everyone.  That should be the test for ‘unity.’ Does it benefit consumers? Does it benefit businesses of all sizes?  Does it work to the advantage of taxpayers? That’s kind of authentic unity is worthwhile. So, the word ‘unity’ must be carefully parsed.  Some unity is good, but other kinds of unity is akin to conquest.”


The comment above was said with respect to another recent topic, but relates to this issue too.

MHProNews will be doing a special report on that topic, to provide an example of how ‘good unity’ has worked before, and can work again.

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Robotics, 3D Printed Housing, Imminent Challengers for Manufactured Homes, Modular Housing – 3D Build Systems CEO Don Musilli

May 29th, 2018 Comments off


A revolutionary idea in home building is taking place insouthwest Florida, per Sun Coast News. and other regional media.


Once the foundation is poured the robot will print that structure in 18 to 24 hours,” said CEO Don Musilli, to ABC 7.

Instead of a year to build a house conventionally, Musilli and 3D Build Systems COO Deborah Hegedus believe they can cut the total build time down to a single month.

All the technology we’re working with is all bottom up. This is not technology that your grandfather used, or your father used,” Musilli told Sun Coast.

The 2 videos on this Daily Business News report bring out some similar, distinctive, and complementary facts.

3D Build Systems says they can build housing from 700 to about 2000 square feet in size.

This is similar, but on a larger scale, to the 3D printing that MHProNews previously reported is being deployed by an Austin, TX 3D builder.


3D Printed Home in Austin, TX Aims to Revolutionize Affordable Housing

What is often missing from reports on emerging technologies in construction are accurate estimates of pricing. Sun Coast reported an estimated price of $150,000. But what does that include? The article, and others, were silent on that point.

So MHProNews reached out to Musilli. In a series of emails, here’s what he said.

We are developing 3 typical home designs with pricing that will be put on our website within the next 20 to 30 days,” Musilli told the Daily Business News via email.

As his message suggested, there is no firm price now, but it should be noted that such pricing is often missing from others doing 3D housing printing.  To his credit, Musilli, is the first to directly address such specific questions.

We have been developing these prices and want to be fairly sure that what we present is accurate. For approximation we believe we can complete one of our homes in 1200 to 1400 sq. ft. range for around $150K,” per Musilli message.

That reply was to the MHProNews’ querry requesting a turn key, move-in ready price.

Again, we will have more data shortly,” he said.


Comparisons to Conventional Housing

In the Sarasota market, starter, new conventional housing ranges from $100.50 – $149.22 per square foot, according to Home Builders Pro Matcher.

So, doing the math provided by Musilli, a 1,300 square foot home for $150,000 turn-key would be $115.39 per square foot.

If they hit that target figure, that would make these 3D printed houses very competitive to mainstream site-built housing.  That said, in some ways, it could be superior, if the homes are indeed able to handle 220 mile-per-hour winds, and an 8.0 rated earthquake.

It would be surprising if they could do a turn-key finish of their models in 30 days, but even if it was completed in 60 days, it would be far faster than conventional housing.

That could be a tough competitor, perhaps even a body-blow to modular builders, if the pricing holds and as 3D housing catches on.

It could also put a pinch on some higher end HUD Code manufactured home builders too.  Manufactured housing would still be significantly less in price.

But as robotics ramps up, don’t be surprised if the pricing drops.  Note too that the new tax law, per sources, could spur robotics sales. See the infographic below.



The Wrap

The bottom line is that this is a big threat to site builders, but it is also a looming challenge to higher cost factory builders.

Nevertheless, the Google search below is accurate, then the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has been mute on this topic.


By contrast, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) has, per the search shown, has to some degree addressed this issue.


MHProNews has been tracking and reporting on the emerging 3D printed housing tech for several years.


The bottom line is that industry professionals should be mindful of these developments, and should develop responses to the challenge.

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3D Printing of Housing, Picking Up Speed, Notably Overseas

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Sputnik3DPrintedHouseYouTubeDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsUsing 3D printing technology in the construction sector has led to bridges, an office building and a laboratory in Dubai, a hotel and tiny houses, and even full-size homes and villages,” per 3DPrint.

In February, a group of European construction experts met in Copenhagen to discuss how 3D printing is changing construction, and came to the conclusion that Europe would become the leader in 3D printing construction over the next three to five years,” the 3D printing trade publisher stated, adding “Russia has also been in the 3D printing construction headlines for a house printed in just 24 hours, and a group of machining and 3D printing companies, called AMT-SPECAVIA, recently used a 3D printer to construct a residential house in Yaroslavl.”

The Daily Business News has been tracking the 3D printing of housing phenomenon for several years.

Per 3DPrint,The layers of the [Russian] house were printed at 10 mm high and 30 to 50 mm wide, and the walls were printed at up to 15 square meters an hour. One of the great benefits of 3D printed houses is the ability to use complex geometry to create features like arches and cylindrical structures.”

In addition,” the trade publisher said, ”the time from design to production is reduced up to 8-12 times; obviously, the high rate of speed at which the house was built is also a plus.”

Examples of Chinese 3D printed housing said to be able to withstand an 8.0 level earthquake is linked here.

Dutch and a previous Russian 3D printed home reports are as linked here.

Oleg Pertsovsky, director of operations for the Skolkovo Energy Efficient Technologies cluster, said in his native language the following translated quote, “Today, Russian developers are among the world leaders in 3D printing. In the Fund, AMT LLC is developing and commercializing a line of portal building printers: from small format (for printing small architectural forms) to large (capable of printing houses up to 3 floors high). Today “AMT” presented an impressive result of its innovative activity – a full-length residential building built for permanent residence. “Skolkovo” purposefully involves projects on construction 3D-printing. Support from Skolkovo will allow companies to get an additional impetus to development not only on the Russian market, but also on the world market.”

Note that the pricing on the Russian 3D tech needs to be clarified, which could be the subject of a follow up report.


That’s $36,000 plus shipping. While HUD Code homes are still a better cost per square foot, will growing demand reduce the price of such competitors? Isn’t that the lesson of production – more demand, more production, costs decline – with all products?


3D printing is just one of several emerging trends MHProNews has tracked, another one that bears a closer look is Amazon’s on-line sales of modular container housing. ## (News, Analysis.)

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