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Will Canadian City’s Tax Plan Inspire U.S. or More Canadians to Follow With Affordable Housing Battle Tool?

February 22nd, 2019 Comments off

 

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After hearing from more than 15,000 people and consulting with many experts, the City saw both support and need for a tax on empty homes in Vancouver. A 2016 City of Vancouver survey found that more than 90% of Vancouver residents surveyed agreed that empty homes were a problem; a separate poll by Angus Reid in 2015 found that 80% of Metro Vancouver residents were in support of a vacancy tax.” So said the the City of Vancouver created the Empty Homes Tax (EHT), also known as the Vacancy Tax report.

 

The report touts that “The EHT, the first of its kind in North America, is intended to help relieve pressure on Vancouver’s rental housing market.”

The Vancouver Sun produced this video, which outlines the concepts behind the issue, plus related data being collected.

 

 

Is This a Good Idea?

There will no doubt be voices both for and against this plan.  MHProNews merely notes at this point in time that this ‘solution’ avoids the question of supply.  Offering more affordable housing – including manufactured homes – ought to be an obvious part of the solution to the growing demand.

The full report from the City of Vancouver is linked here as a download.

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“Trailer Park Boys” – Al Kemp, Canadian Manufactured Home Community Association Letter Reacts to Netflix Series

December 21st, 2018 Comments off

 

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Al Kemp is the Executive Director of the Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance (MHPOA) of British Columbia (BC). That Canadian trade group’s manufactured home community (MHC) members, say Kemp, has an average vacancy rate of one site for every two properties.

 

Rephrased, those BC community owners have ½ a unit vacancy rate per MHC.

That would put them in a very elite category in the U.S.

Kemp has been an outspoken critic of the Canadian “mocukumentaryNetflix series problematically dubbed the Trailer Park Boys.

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The Daily Business News on MHProNews has spotlighted Kemp’s thoughts as recorded by mainstream media previously, for example, in the report linked in the clickable image/text-box below.

 

Millennials Need Affordable Housing, but “Trailer Park Boys” stigma slows Manufactured Home Acceptance

 

That prior report linked above is a useful read to understand the new letter and plans Kemp has shared with MHProNews readers. He begins by saying that “…at least in Canada – “trailer park” connotes exactly the type of persons portrayed in Trailer Park Boys.”

That evokes, says Kemp, the painful “long-standing stereotype” he believes harms the proper understanding of manufactured homes and their reality of their products or residents vs. the shameful portrayal of the “TPBoys” on Netflix.

Kemp’s insightful letter is found at the linked image/text-box below.

 

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Among the themes that MHLivingNews discovered was an issue with numerous manufactured home residents was the sting of the terms:

  • Trailer,
  • Trailer Park,” and of course,
  • Trailer Trash.”

Of course, just as some blacks refer to each other using what manufactured home advocate Donald Tye Jr. called the “n-word,” some manufactured home residents or even some professionals do likewise.

 

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Anecdotal evidence suggests that the wrong terminology impacts value perceptions and thus sales and resales. But it also impacts people’s emotions, see the poet who rejected the use of the t-word with regard to her home, by clicking the image above or this link here.

 

A survey by Foremost Insurance suggests that the use of the “t-word” was not always so for numbers of those living in our industry’s factory-built homes and communities.

 

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As 2018 winds down and industry professionals on either side of the U.S. Canadian line prepare for 2019 and beyond, there is an obvious need for tackling such #NettlesomeThings. See Kemp’s thoughtful letter at this link here, or the link above to understand their perspectives.

What Kemp refers to as the “TPBoys” is clearly not the only challenge that faces our industry. But it is a thorn in the side, that along with other factors, harms the understanding and acceptance of manufactured housing and those who own them. That spills over into other arenas.  It’s clear that after years of ignoring such issues that doing nothing isn’t an acceptable answer.

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“Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” James Carville, Clinton Strategist

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 18 to June 25, 2017

June 25th, 2017 Comments off

The New June 2017 articles on the MHProNews.com home page are live, with the full line up on display at this link here.

If you’ve been super busy, traveling, have been on vacation, or are new to the Daily Business News  on MHProNews, welcome to our weekly recap of the Manufactured Housing Industry’s News, Tips and Views that Pros Can Use.” ©

 

 

Let’s start with what’s New on MHLivingNews.com

At Death, What do You do with a Mobile or Manufactured Home?

Highlights of What’s New on MHProNews.com and the Daily Business News

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

 

 

 

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City Expanding Affordable Housing

 Friday, June 23, 2017

The Homeless are Finding Benefactors in Many Cities

Skyline Investor Move$ Spotlight; Other MH Stocks, Broader Markets Mixed

 

 

Senior Staff Shakeup at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)?

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Are Americans Hunting for the Single Sectional Manufactured Home Alternative?

Competitive Enterprise Institute Grades Trump on Energy, Domestic Policies

 Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

Huge Loss to Affordable Housing Stock May Be in Offing

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Investor$ Big Move$ – LPX Spotlight; Tricon, LCI lead, NOB, SKY Bleed

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USDA Celebrating National Home Ownership Month

 Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 

Fearful Residents Ask, “Are There Murderers Living Here?”

Modular Housing Scandal? HUD Investigating, Senator McCain Blasts, Wants Reforms

Insider Trades, UMH – Carlyle Surges, Skyline Slips

‘CFPB Rectal Exam,’ Congressman Stresses Need for Credit & Financial Reform, Manufactured Home Pros React

 

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Is this MH Community Owner, Plus Thousands of Others, Unwittingly Waiving Rights Under Federal Law?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

 

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Datacomp Releases Another JLT Manufactured Home Community – June 2017 Rent, Occupancy Reports, for Seven Markets

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Posh, Massive New Manufactured Home Community Being Developed

War Talk Worries? How Is It Impacting Markets?

National Home Ownership Month, MSU Tornado Researcher-Mark Skidmore-Touts Manufactured Homes as “Great” Option

 

Monday June 19, 2017

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Why Cavco Bought Lexington Homes, per Joe Stegmayer – CG, AMG, MHCV Up

Consolidation? Not just Manufactured Housing, Look at Banking – Similar Causes?

Starting Today, it’s Prosperity Now, CFED’s Rebranding

Michael Geller, Making a Home for Manufactured Housing, a Vision for America

 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 11 to June 18, 2017

 

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Michael Geller, Making a Home for Manufactured Housing, a Vision for America

June 19th, 2017 Comments off

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That same exercise is useful in reverse.  It’s helpful to understand what other nations do that may prove to have valuable insights for manufactured and modular home builders here in the U.S.

Geller on Factory Home Building

Architect Michael Geller shared his experiences of the recent 2017 Manufactured Housing Association of British Columbia’s annual conference. Geller’s column in the Vancouver Sun began with the headline, “Making a Home for Manufactured Housing.”

Geller’s thoughts will be explored below, after context is provided.

Let’s note that Geller nailed all of the terminology. MHProNews, and MHLivingNews readers are routinely reminded how useful it is to properly describe our homes, because it elevates the value proposition to all those who are listening or reading.

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Snapshot from Canada’s Versions of Factory Building

For those not familiar with Canada’s version of manufactured housing, they have a code known as Z240 that their homes are built to, roughly analogous to the HUD Code for manufactured housing in the U.S.

As in the states, Canadian modular are built to the same standards as conventional housing, which like Z240s, are built in a controlled environment.

Specifically, the Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI) says, “Regardless of how or where a building is constructed, the authority having jurisdiction (e.g. the municipality) where the building will be located has a mandate to confirm that the building is built to code requirements. A certification label, indicating compliance with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards, is the building inspector’s assurance that the factory-constructed parts of the building meet local requirements.”

Code References to Z240 MH Series Manufactured Homes

Some building codes state that homes constructed in compliance with Z240 MH Series are “exempt” from the code. In effect, this means that homes constructed to the standard are deemed to comply with the code. Local authorities rely on the Z240 MH label to confirm acceptability.”

If you look at the statistics in the CMHI statistical reports document, linked here, and adjust for the population difference between the U.S. and Canada, it seems that the Canadians could be doing better than their U.S. counterparts.  Their annual report has more data than their U.S. counterparts typically do.

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About Geller

Simon Fraser University says that “Michael Geller is an architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer with four decade’s experience in the public, private, and institutional sectors. His company, The Geller Group is active in real estate consulting and property development. Current activities include land use planning, feasibility studies, and development approvals for a variety of large and small projects around Metro Vancouver.”

As you consider Canadian vs. U.S. shipment totals, bear in mind that Canada’s population is about 11% of that in the U.S. So, to get a comparable, apples to apples sense, multiply their shipments by 8.91 and you’ll see that their shipment totals look to be higher percentage wise than HUD Code manufactured housing is here in the U.S.

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With that Backdrop, Highlights from Michael Geller’s Expertise

Imagine if cars were built like houses,” says Geller.

I thought about the differences between building cars and houses on a recent tour of a Kelowna manufactured housing factory organized as part of the 2017 Manufactured Housing Association of British Columbia’s annual conference,” he said. “I was invited to offer the perspective of an architect and developer on factory-built housing to an audience comprising manufacturers, dealers, transporters and government officials,”

Geller explained his history, and the interest than – and now – with homes that could be relocated if needed, but typically would stay in their original location once sited.

I have had a longstanding interest in manufactured housing dating back to 1970 when I was one of seven architectural students from across Canada to win a CMHC travelling scholarship. Our travels took us across the U.S. with guide Warren Chalk, one of the founding members of Archigram, an avant-garde 1960s British architectural group, with projects that included Plug-in-City, a massive framework into which modular dwellings could be slotted and removed.”

Back then, Geller spent weeks learning and promoting the early days of factory built housing.

For six weeks,” he said, “we toured mobile home parks and housing factories on a government initiative to promote manufactured housing on a major scale.”

As part of his thesis years ago, he proposed concepts he believed would be good for the industry and Canadian society.

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In my university thesis,” said Geller, “I focused on a factory-produced relocatable housing system, and proposed that just as schools set up portable classrooms, governments could install modular housing on vacant lots. This could then be relocated when the property was needed for redevelopment, effectively eliminating the cost of land.”

He gave examples of past projects and plans, then said, “In recent years, BC Housing and the City of Vancouver undertook a feasibility study of a concept to promote relocatable modular housing as an alternative to housing people in shelters.

In British Columbia (B.C.), “today, thousands of attractive permanent homes are being built in factories. Companies such as Triple M, Moduline, SRI and many other manufacturing plants are constantly improving assembly-line procedures to build complete homes in days, rather than weeks or months,” he says, using points familiar with professionals south of the U.S. Canadian line.

By building in climate-controlled settings, workers are not dealing with rain or snow,” he said. “Waste is considerably reduced, and consequently factory-built homes are cost-effective, environmentally smart, and able to be customized as on-site construction. For this reason, many of the PNE show homes have been built using modular construction.”

At the Kelowna conference, I learned there are two basic types of factory-built housing: manufactured homes and modular-built homes.”

What follows would be wonderful if American public officials and media reported as accurately as did Geller.

Manufactured homes are typically constructed on a steel frame in one or two sections and are virtually complete when they leave the factory. Thus, they are ready for move-in the same day or a few days after arriving on the site. These homes can be installed on simple foundations and even relocated, although most are never moved from their original site,” he wrote.

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He notes that the homes can be placed on crawl spaces or over a full basement.  Many in the U.S. tend to forget that concrete slab construction can be harder on the body. So the type of building that manufactured and modular homes produces is not only more economical, it can be healthier too.

Modular-built homes do not have a steel frame,” (Editor’s note to American readers; in the U.S. you can have on-frame as well as off-frame modular building). Geller said, “A typical bungalow consists of one or two modules, while multi-storey homes or buildings are created with multiple modules. These homes are typically set on full-perimeter foundations with a crawl space or even a full basement.”

Geller wraps with surprise, but a prediction for future acceptance and growth.

While I am surprised that factory-produced housing is not more popular in Canada, expect this to change, since it is cost-effective, energy- and resource-efficient, and well suited to a variety of housing forms. It could be an affordable solution for infill and laneway housing, and multi-storey apartments.”

Imagine if houses were built like cars.”

Indeed. ##

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New Mortgage Lending Changes Impacting Hundreds of Thousands of MH Owners

June 14th, 2017 Comments off

Dodd-Frank. FHFA and the GSEs. Mortgage and lending related “unintended consequences” – or failures to act by federally chartered Enterprises – are common issues south of the U.S. Canadian line.

But our brethren north of the border apparently have their own financing woes for manufactured home owners now too.

Canadian Mortgage Trends (CMT) reports that, “One of the seemingly unintended groups to fall victim to the government’s latest mortgage changes is owners of mobile homes [sic], according to some concerned mortgage brokers who are seeing the effects on their clients.”

Canadian manufactured home professionals, like those in the U.S., prefer the term manufactured home be used on newer, code compliant models.

CMT states that “The issue stems from the new rule that prohibits insured properties from being refinanced, and that most lenders require mobile homes [sic] located in a mobile park [sic] to be insured, regardless of the amount of equity the owner has.”

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Woodhouse says people are discovering the scale of this issue as those in Canada’s version of mobile or manufactured homes and seek refinances are being told it’s not possible; at least not through major lenders at their best rates.

An RBC spokesperson told CMT that it requires all mobile and manufactured homes to have default insurance, issued by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). That de facto prohibits any of those homes from being refinanced, at the RBC’s better rates.

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Joe Tomkins, a mortgage broker with DLC Canadian Mortgage Experts in Nanaimo, B.C. said, “A client of mine had to refinance for personal reasons and they needed to get equity out of their home…It had to go to a MIC (mortgage investment corporation), and it was 12% and included a very high fee as well. But that was the only option.”

Joel Olson, a DLC Mortgage Experts mortgage broker in Kamloops, B.C., had clients refinance at 12%, plus they reportedly paid a $4,000 fee because “that was the best and cheapest option of everybody out there.”

Olson added that the restrictions aren’t unique to mobile and manufactured homes, but may  include small condos under 550 square feet, houses on leased land, or housing built using alternative building methods, etc.

To be very fair to a private lender…they realize that the ability for them to resell that home in the case of default is now very small and so their risk increases quite a lot as well,” he noted. “They do have a higher default on mobile homes [sic]…but that’s still a very small number.”

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“Sure you can buy a new mobile home [sic] in a park today with 5% down, and it can be insured by CMHC,” he said. “You just have to make the decision knowing that if you ever want to refinance, here are your refinance options: 12% interest, x-amount of dollars for a fee.”  ##

(Editor’s note: Canada, we hope you can sort it out much faster than your neighbors to the south have managed so far.)

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Another Manufactured Home Community Hit by Disaster

May 31st, 2017 Comments off

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In Olalla, British Columbia, Canada, a 55 and over manufactured home community finds itself suffering from the effects of flooding.

And, some residents say that the issue stems from lack of attention.

We’d be spared from flooding if they dredged that creek,” said resident Margaret Munn. Munn, along with other residents, feel the provincial government should do more to protect them.

According to Global News CA, resident Jim Stewart was forced to trek through his neighbor’s yard and climb through a fence to access his flooded home. Due to the flooding, he’s been put up at a hotel for the next week thanks to area emergency services.

The community also sits on a flood plain… and residents say this is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

A few of these mobile homes [sic] are wrecked right now, we’ve had it, they are flooded right out,” said Stewart.

The high water has flooded at least four mobile homes [sic].”

With the flooding, residents are having to decide whether to stay or go.

Mom called me up hysterically that the driveway is under water,” said resident Jamie Walker, who expressed concern about the well being of his 60-year-old mother.

It’s just the worry that the water is going to encroach on further property and create damage and more headaches.”

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Elef Christensen, representative and Area G Director for the area, pointed to heat as the culprit.

The snow is melting up in Apex and it’s coming down to Keremeos Creek,” said Christensen.

Christensen did not provide a timeline for cleanup, next steps, or additional resources for the community residents.

 

Flooding Impacts on Manufactured Home Communities

The Daily Business News has covered scenarios similar to the one in Olalla, British Columbia recently, including the case of Riviera Estates in Eagle, Idaho, where officials were working to pump water out of the community’s shed pumps, which provide potable water to residents.

According to KBOI, residents were forced to evacuate due to floodwaters that initially spread two to three feet, then several more feet in the span of one day.

They’re going to still have to release more water, more water means deeper flood water,” said J.R. Schooley, who is working with a family to move out of the community.

Deeper flood water means there’s a point where you can’t get out of here and that’s what we worry about the most, you get to a point where it’s two, three feet deep.”

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Manufactured Homes Repurposed in Costly Housing Market

May 31st, 2017 Comments off
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An unrelated manufactured home in Sonoma County, California. Quality and affordability are keys to housing those in need. Credit: Press Democrat.

In a story that the Daily Business News originally covered here, the Village Mobile Home Park in Sebastopol, California is going to help provide housing to those who are at risk of, or are already, homeless.

Back in March, the city committed to invest $258,000 into the project to create a mix of affordable manufactured homes and apartments.

According to the Press Democrat, the community was purchased by the city 10 years ago, and has partially emptied out over time as the adjoining Laguna de Santa Rosa campground was closed and converted to parkland, with the intention the remainder of the property eventually be turned over to recreational use, as well.

But an agreement between the city of Sebastopol and the non-profit agency West County Community Services will utilize the community to provide housing to between eight and 12 additional people and families who are in need.

West County Community Services has also committed to provide a case manager and support services to any current or new residents who want help learning to manage and stabilize their lives, connecting them with treatment, health services or food programs.

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The idea, of course, is to help them move up and onward,” said Tim Miller, executive director of West County Community Services.

But they can stay as long as they want.”

But, even with the dollar committed, the project will still be dependent on the ability and willingness of charitable residents to donate eight usable manufactured homes, although four units have already been acquired.

Organizers say they are hoping for the donation of a used construction unit that can be employed as a classroom, social service office and meeting place for the community.

Then there are the challenges facing the city.

The loss of campground revenue and diminished manufactured home occupancy forced the city to operate the community at a deficit approaching $75,000 a year, mostly for site and property management, while considering future options.

Even so, city officials have increasingly been reluctant to do anything that would eliminate a local source of low-cost housing that has no emergency shelter, and happens to be one of the most expensive places to live in the country.

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The new plan is a win-win,” said Gale Brownell, a longtime Sonoma County housing advocate and member of the Group of Advocates in west Sonoma County.

While Brownell was instrumental in bringing the players together to develop the plan for Village Mobile Home Park, she gives credit to a Sebastopol woman named Darrin Batch, a regular at City Council meetings, and well-informed about city policies and budgeting.

She thought that was a terrible thing, given the fact that people were homeless,” said Brownell.

Currently, 65 people currently reside in the 18 home community.

And for 48-year resident Marjorie Wallace, age 90, knowing that there’s some stability is a huge relief.

Two of her sons, now in their late 50s, live with her. A third, who has cancer, is with her as well.

All are partly dependent on my Social Security income, so the uncertainty about what would happen if the park closed has been profound,” said Wallace.

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Modular Construction Could Provide Critical Solution

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In Nova Scotia, Canada, the challenge of shuttered schools looms large for communities, school boards and politicians.

But a solution is on the horizon, in the form of modular classrooms.

According to the Chronicle Herald, Lunenburg County in the province has had to close two schools, with two more on the chopping block. And, the Cape Breton School Board has announced the closure of 17 schools.

Local resident, and experienced homebuider Peter Simpson believes he has the answer.

Dropping enrollment and shuttered schools hang like dark clouds over politicians and school boards alike in Nova Scotia.

But a Bridgewater resident says there is a way to keep more schools open.

Peter Simpson says modular schools may be the solution.

What used to be assets for the community . . . have now become liabilities,” said Simpson, who is also the former CEO of the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver Homebuilders Association.

When schools close, they are turned over to the titleholder after a school review of the buildings, which could be the municipality, the school board or, the developer.

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The owner then has the responsibility to make decisions about the building and property,” a statement from the province citied.

With that, Simpson moved to utilize the available modular units.

When the enrollment drops you can remove those units,” said Simpson. “And take them where there is a . . . need.”

Simpson provided an example where, if there is a school with low enrollment in Bridgewater, the province could take off a modular wing and move it to a school in Halifax with more students.

Britco Construction, which the Daily Business News reported on recently here, specializes in building modular offices, homes, hotels and classrooms. The company built Watson Elementary in Chilliwack, which has eight modular classrooms.

And, the unique layout was designed to allow for the removal of four classrooms a few years later when the school’s enrollment dropped. Declining enrollment is often the reason given when school boards decide to close a school, and the flexibility of modular solutions provides an effective alternative.

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Although potentially effective, opinions vary.

There is a long-range planning issue with school building in Nova Scotia, and schools have become twice the size they need to be,” said Paul Bennett, director of Schoolhouse Consulting.

Bennett sees a scenario where small schools are built in the center of communities.

They shouldn’t be Ontario-designed models imposed on smaller Nova Scotia communities.”

Even so, school boards, like one in Ontario, are taking the initiative.

The Flowervale Public School in Toronto is a modular school with a brick core.

And when student enrollment began to decline, the board decided to repurpose the building in 2006. It’s now called Giant Steps: Autism School and Therapy Centre, and serves greater Toronto.

And that flexibility now has those in government taking a look.

We currently have not used modular construction in our schools, but we look at any option that was both cost effective and met the needs of the students and community,” said government spokeswoman Heather Fairbairn.

More on Britco’s work in Canada, including their buildout of a workforce housing project in northern Alberta, Canada for Devon Energy Corp., is linked here.

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Tiny Homes Make Moves North of the Border

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In Manitoba, Canada, a company called Mini Homes of Manitoba has been working for nearly two years to make tiny home living legal in the province

According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the goal for company co-founders Anita Munn and her husband, Darrell Manuliak, is to start a tiny home village by teaming up with a group to purchase land with enough interest.

A lot of municipalities are more welcoming to tiny homes, off the wheels and on a foundation,” said Munn, during a meeting at the company’s offices last week.

Then it’s just a matter of applying for a variance on their zoning requirements.”

Munn and Manuliak say they have sold seven tiny homes in the last two years, and have five more currently under construction.

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This is not for everyone. There are still people who want a large home, but more and more people are finding they don’t need as much space,” said Munn.

Representatives from Tiny House Festival Foundation, a Vancouver non-profit, were also in attendance at the meeting, and shared additional details on why they believe tiny homes are a solution.

In Vancouver, we’re looking at a situation where the housing crisis is in full swing, and a lot of people are investigating this as an affordable option,” said foundation co-founder Lisa Chessari.

That’s not to say there isn’t a world of difference between a crowded city squeezed between the ocean and mountains on the Pacific coast and Canada’s endless heartland in big sky country. But affordability, sustainability are driving the concept forward.”

For local resident Deborah Lavallier, who owns several acres of land, she likes the concept of creating a community.

I like the idea of like-minded people living together. We could have a community. The land is right on the river — we could have docks, canoes, kayaks, a gazebo, a barbecue. And you’re 10 minutes from the city,” said Lavallier.

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As Daily Business News readers are already aware, so called “tiny homes” face an uphill battle, as zoning laws vary widely. And, some potential customers also see challenges in making it work.

We’re looking at downsizing, and we’re looking at tiny homes, but not this tiny,” said Don Magnussen, who was looking at one of Mini Homes of Manitoba’s 342 square foot units.

Maybe 500 to 600 square feet, but we don’t have the land. The problem is finding a place to put these homes.”

 

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While “tiny homes” may be all the rage, people like Don Magnussen are finding that the real value is in a tried and true model.

Unlike tiny homes, which are still struggling with state and local regulations, buyers of manufactured homes generally avoid building code and zoning issues. In Washington State, a law passed in 2005 prevents cities from discriminating against manufactured homes, which has helped to break stereotypes.

Manufactured homes are built to a national code that ensures homes meet basic structural, safety and energy standards,” said Craig Sedlacek, the program manager for the Factory Assembled Structures program at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. The organization conducts building inspections for manufactured homes.

There’s no real definition for a tiny home. It might be built to a local code, a recreational vehicle (RV) code or no code at all. It’s important for buyers to understand what standards a home is built to before they buy it.”

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100+ Modular Home Project Nears Completion

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As in the U.S., Canadian housing is costly in many areas, and factory building can be a positive option. Here, the First Nation receives final modular homes. Credit Norther Ontario Business.

In a story that the Daily Business News originally covered here, the Kashechewan First Nation community has received the final batch of modular duplexes for its residents.

According to Northern Ontario Business, March was the “milestone month” for residents, as

104 units were put onto their foundations, completing a project that began last July. Back in May 2014, 36 homes were damaged in Kashechewan due to flooding, which forced the evacuation of 454 residents to temporary accommodations in Kapuskasing.

We did all the foundations, all the training, we stitched the units together and the final buttoning up of the units to get them ready for the handover to the clients,” said Terry Sutherland, president of Tundra Construction, a First Nation-owned company headquartered in Moose Factory.

The modular duplexes were constructed by Maple Leaf Homes in New Brunswick, and locals did the primary labor on site.

Our workforce was 99 per cent local band members,” said Sutherland.

With an estimated 50 residents working alongside experienced tradespeople in roles as carpenters, laborers, electricians, plumbers, lifting and rigging.”

Sutherland also pointed out that the entire process around modular homes involved a learning curve.

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First Nation receives final modular homes. Credit Norther Ontario Business.

This whole system of handling modular homes was new to pretty much everyone up there,” said Sutherland. “The first one was a learning process for a lot of them, but after that it was just general carpentry with the beams. It was a different process as compared to a stick-built house.”

In March, Kashechewan signed a framework agreement with Ottawa and Queen’s Park to come up with a long-term community plan for better housing and health programs and infrastructure development.

Also included in those plans is a possible relocation of the community to a less flood-prone area.

When they left Kashechewan two and a half years ago now, they basically left with a small duffle bag with some clothes. They’ve basically rebuilt their memories and all their personal property and stuff while they were here in Kapuskasing,“ said Kapuskasing fire chief Gerry Desmeules in December.

And, while the new modular homes could be moved in the event of severe flooding in the future, some residents are thinking that they may have to leave again.

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Some people are saying as they get on the plane, well, we’re going to see you again in the spring, because obviously the problems they have with flooding up the coast,” said Desmeules, “so, it’s always a roll of the dice for them.“

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Crane set of First Nation residents receiving final modular homes in project. Credit Norther Ontario Business.

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