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Google Employees Go Public, Protest Controversial “Project Dragonfly”

November 27th, 2018 Comments off



We are Google employees and we join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel project Dragonfly,” reads the opening of a letter obtained by the Daily Business News on MHProNews.


It’s news that has implications for manufactured housing on several levels, as will be noted further below.  This is an issue that was bubbling during the run-up to the midterms, so millions missed the news that 1400 Google employees were internally protesting against a corporate project code-named “Dragonfly.”

We are among thousands of employees who have raised our voices for months. International human rights organizations and investigative reporters have also sounded the alarm, emphasizing serious human rights concerns and repeatedly calling on Google to cancel the project. So far, our leadership’s response has been unsatisfactory,” said the new letter, published today.

Our opposition to Dragonfly is not about China: we object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be,” said the employee generated protest letter.

Their concerns relate to numerous concerns previously raised for industry consideration on MHProNews, as well as in mainstream media, such as the CBS News report, found posted below.



Our company’s [Google’s] decision comes as the Chinese government is openly expanding its surveillance powers and tools of population control,” said the employee letter.

Dragonfly would also enable censorship and government-directed disinformation, and destabilize the ground truth on which popular deliberation and dissent rely,” the letter’s growing number of signatories stated.


Why This Matters to MHVille

Let’s first note anew that in the industry’s trade media, most of the serious issues are being publicly raised by what may seem at time to be only a few lonely voices, and published here on MHProNews, and usually no where else in our industry’s trade media.  Yet, even the top man at a competing industry site with a blog told MHProNews’ publisher that you write about the topics like the problem of monopoly [in manufactured housing] that thousands of the industry’s professionals privately talk about at bars and restaurants.’

With that brief backdrop – which helps explains our trade media’s runaway larger audience – MHProNews alone published reports on troubling subjects like problems that Google and Facebook pose to our industry, and the nation.


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Our Creepy Line Video report was just one of those Daily Business News items, which is arguably as relevant today, as it was when it was first published.



Back to those Google employees letter, “We join with Amnesty International in demanding that Google cancel Dragonfly. We also demand that leadership commit to transparency, clear communication, and real accountability. Google is too powerful not to be held accountable.”

The entire Google employees letter is found here or linked here as a download.


Brad Says POTUS Trump is Right: More than Facebook & Twitter, Google Threatens Democracy, Online Freedom


With that once more in mind, it is also good to recall that President Donald J. Trump has signaled his concerns over this issue, and MHProNews published a draft executive order about anti-trust efforts, at this link below.


Draft EO for Trump Administration AntiTrust Order Obtained by MHProNews


MHProNews has also connected the dots between other methods of modern propaganda, including a tip from a senior MHI member company, linked below.


“Family Jewels,” MHVille Insider Tips, “Info Wars” and Omaha, Knoxville, California, Seattle and Arlington, and DC Connections


MHProNews reminds readers that work for Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) or like operations that want to provide news tips that they should avoided sending them from company email addresses, or from company issued cell phones.



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It was industry insiders that provided exclusive reports like the one linked below.


Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”


Industry insider news tips have also been critical for items like those linked further below, or provided insights on the “debacle” at Cavco Industries.


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Chinese PreFabs, Modulars Are Selling in the USA, Here’s an Example

August 24th, 2018 Comments off


PatrickKennedyPanoramicInterestsChinaChineseModularPrefabsDailyBusinessNewsMHproNewsThe Daily Business News on MHProNews has spotlighted Patrick Kennedy with Panoramic Interests before.


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Kennedy is keen on using modular/prefabs in multifamily projects to save time and costs. As thousands of factory-built housing professionals know, he’s not alone.

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What makes this project worthy of attention is where the units are being built.

The pre-fabricated units were built in China. The transoceanic shipping costs were less than the cost of trucking the units from docks in the Bay Area to Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, CA per ABC7.


One of the modular units being swung into place for the 4 story high project.

This is our second modular project and we’re trying to figure out a way to bring down the cost of building housing,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy’s photos show that the prefabricated units were stacked in just four days. “Imagine Lego blocks where a crane sets each rectangular box into place,” said Katie Utehs for the local media.


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Prefab [from China] really only works if you’re close to the ports because your trucking costs kill you as soon as you go far,” explained Kennedy to one of the onsite workers.

The stairwells and the hallways get finished on site, but the units proper are completely done at the factory,” explained Kennedy. As industry pros understand, the units are connect by local contractors, electricians, and plumbers, but the individual studios are shipped finished.



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This building has 22 units, and is on an expensive piece of property. There are 310 square feet, built to house two. ADA accessible units are on the first floor. There’s no parking or elevator for this four-story building, but there will be bike lockers, as it is geared toward student housing.

In a residential neighborhood that’s been here for more than 100 years there’s no sense of trying to fit in,” said Todd Darling, a less than happy Berkeley resident.

We’re never going to build our way out of a housing crisis there are more people that want to live in the Bay Area then there is room for,” said Darling, who reflects the NIMBYism that is driving housing costs in metro areas higher and higher.

This project was originally authorized in 2010 as a boutique hotel, but the developers later partnered with UC Berkeley in 2015 to make it graduate student housing.  That time line also reflects the implied holding costs for such developments.

This got approved under a much more sympathetic administration with Mayor Bates, when Mayor Bates was Mayor. In fact he lives around the corner,” Kennedy said.

The housing is scheduled for completion by September 1st. UC Berkeley set the rental rate for the furnished units at $2,180.


Industry Takeaways?

MHProNews has been reporting for years that foreign producers have targeted the U.S. for projects like this.

The Daily Business News receives periodic contacts from producers of housing, most commonly from Asian nations, which are aiming at doing single or multi-family housing in the U.S.

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Generation Buy? Millennials and Home Ownership

May 16th, 2017 Comments off

The inside of a Fourleaf Properties manufactured home in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Candy’s Dirt.

New figures out from HSBC show some unexpected and interesting figures on how millennials around the world are dealing with homeownership.

And according to one billionaire, the big barrier for some includes avocados and coffee.

When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each,” said Tim Gurner, a billionaire luxury real estate developer in Australia.

According to the Daily Caller, while adults in America born after 1980 are slower to buy their first home than their parents, even with access to better rates and more credit, the situation in Australia is worse: millennials are second to last worldwide in homeownership.


Avocados stopping home buying? Credit: Daily Caller.

And Gurner has some serious “dad” style advice to help them along.

You have to start to get realistic about your expectations,” said Gurner.

There is no question we are at a point now where the expectations of younger people are very, very high. The people that own homes today worked very, very hard for it, saved every dollar, did everything they could to get up the property investment ladder.”

Young people want to eat out every day, they want to travel to Europe every year,” Gurner continued. “This generation is watching the Kardashians and thinking that’s normal. Thinking that owning a Bentley is normal, that owning a BMW is normal.”


China Winning?

The study from HSBC, entitled “Generation Buy,” breaks out millennial homeownership figures from countries around the world, showing that an average of 40 percent of millennials own their home, and a whopping 83 percent intend to buy within the next five years.

The nation that’s leading that charge may surprise you: China.


Credit: HSBC.

70 percent of Chinese millennials already own their homes, with 91 percent planning to buy a house within the next five years. Mexico came in second in the study at 46 percent and France finished third with 41 percent.

This study challenges the myth that the home ownership dream is dead for millennials around the world,” said Louisa Cheang, HSBC’s Global Head of Retail Banking.

With four in ten already owning their home, the dream of home ownership for millennials is definitely alive and kicking. The greatest challenges are in those countries where there is a perfect storm of stagnating salaries and rising house prices – for millennials in those countries, the dream, while not dead, looks set to be deferred.”


Millennials and Manufactured Housing


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Many of the challenges and desires of millennials read like a list tailor-made for modern manufactured homes. Greener, more affordable, a choice of sizes, styles and customizable floor plans.

Millennials “represent an ‘Oh, shift’ moment in housing,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.

Many desire to move from renting to owning, but often struggle to find that a real possibility in the current site-built market. The manufactured housing industry can offer a solution to that problem,” said millennial Lindsey Bostick of Bostick Homes.


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Bostick has lived in several kinds of housing, and now is a manufactured homeowner herself, so she knows.

Today’s manufactured homes can look and live like a conventional, site-built house, and can be half the price of new construction. Additionally, many manufactured homes are Energy Star rated, so they are more efficient than older, existing homes,” the university-graduated Bostick said.

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Nation Seeks Affordable Housing Solutions, Looks to Modular

March 22nd, 2017 Comments off

The delegation from Borneo. Credit: Borneo Today.

In its search for affordable housing solutions, representatives from the island of Borneo, which includes the nations of Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia, arrived in China this week to discuss potential options.

According to Borneo Today, a delegation from the Ministry of Housing and Urbanization, and Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (SHEDA) has been tasked with searching for housing solutions, and their trip will include visits to several housing-related government bodies in China, as well as factories and production sites of several companies specializing in affordable housing solutions.

China has done a lot for their public housing sector and I hope we can adopt some of their knowledge from this trip. That is the purpose of this trip and I hope we can work together with them and learn from their experience,” said Urbanization Assistant Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip.


Borneo (red marker). Credit: Google.

For the representatives from SHEDA, they have a particular interest in what can be done with factory-built homes.

We hope to learn from China the cost saving process and see the production of prefabricated modular building system in their factories. We hope to source for alternative affordable housing solutions that may enhance the variety of housing in Sarawak,” said SHEDA Kuching chairman Dr Christopher Ngui.

This study visit may provide us with the opportunity to do so and if we can successfully incorporate the technology into our housing developments, there is little doubt in my mind that the affordable housing situation in Sarawak will improve on the whole.

The delegation is scheduled to visit the Hong Kong Urban Renewal Authority (URA) to learn more about how the government agency has managed to revive dilapidated urban areas.

It also plans a visit to the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HKHA), which operates citizen home ownership and private sector participation programs.

While in Mainland China, the delegation is scheduled to visit several factories and sites of prominent prefabricated housing system manufacturers, as well as a briefing on housing and city planning by the Qingdao Municipal Government.

The group also expects to sign a number of agreements with manufacturers during the visit.

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3D Printed Home Can Withstand Magnitude 8 Earthquake

January 25th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Inhabitat.

A company in China claims to have taken 3D printed homes to a whole new level.

According to Inhabitat, Beijing-based HuaShang Tengda printed a two-story villa that checks in at 4,305 square feet.

And they say it’s durable enough to withstand an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale.

[This technology] will have immeasurable social benefits…because of its speed, low cost, simple and environmentally friendly raw materials, [it can] generally improve the quality of people’s lives,” the company said in a statement.

While HuaShang Tengda is not the first company in China to claim they’ve 3D-printed a house, they may be the first to have printed the entire home at once, rather than printing and then assembling pieces.

The company first constructed the home’s frame, including pipes. Then they used the large 3D printer to construct the house.

The process was controlled via a software that has four systems – one for what HuaShang Tengda calls “electronic ingredient formulating,” one for mixing the concrete, one for transmission, and one to 3D-print the structure.


Credit: Inhabitat.

The company says they envision their technology being used to build everything from homes for farmers in rural areas to high-rise buildings to houses in developing countries.

They also believe the new technology could spark a revolution in the housing industry as their 3D-printed homes can be built faster, and cheaper, than traditional dwellings.

The Daily Business News has covered the rise of 3D printed homes extensively, including other Chinese, Russian and Dutch 3D home projects, and asking the tough question: “Is America losing the 3D Technology race in housing?” ##

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The Russians Are Coming With PreFab Homes

January 6th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Country Living.

1,184 square feet, assembled in ten days for about $80,000.

Are these Russian made prefab homes ready to go mainstream?

Moscow-based firm Bio Architects, has unveiled the latest project in their DublDom prefabricated housing line up, which offers models between 280 and 1,400 square feet.

They come with a price range of between $23,000 and $100,000.

This model shown in the photo above came in at a final cost of five million rubles ($80,000 USD), with finishing, electricity, and engineering systems included.


Credit: Country Living.

Bio Architects has focused on keeping costs low, by using inexpensive materials like metal, barn board, and glass, which, in combination with large skylights, glass walls, and exposed beams provides a unique look and feel to the homes.


Home photo credits, Bio Architects and Country Living.


Home photo credits, Bio Architects and Country Living.

The DublDom line is produced in Kazan, which is a city in Southwest Russia, and Bio Architects reports that they are now accepting preorders from the U.S.


As Daily Business News readers are aware, foreign prefab manufacturers are making moves into other countries, including China and Spain-based firms teaming up to tackle the U.K. affordable housing crisis. That story is linked here. ##

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Prefab Homes That Can Be Taken With You When You Move

December 6th, 2016 Comments off

Credit: New Atlas.

Recent projects from China’s People’s Architecture Office (PAO) have involved the firm producing outside-the-box ideas to tackle housing issues in China, including living in a ventilation shaft and a pedal-powered RV.

Their latest creation is akin to those innovations.

They’ve done a prototype prefabricated home that can be disassembled and moved relatively easily should the need arise.

According to New Atlas, the “Plugin Tower” was recently unveiled in Shenzhen at a design event held by Chinese real estate firm Venke that featured ideas for the future of housing. It’s something of a political statement, and is meant to highlight the insecurity of home ownership in a country where all land is government-owned and private homes are the reserve of the rich.

The design is inspired by the Japanese Metabolist architecture movement, which spawned the Nakagin Capsule Tower.  The tower consists of a steel frame and a kit of parts that can be assembled into multiple rooms. Access is gained by spiral steps and inside, the look is very utilitarian, with metal paneling and glazing.


Credit: New Atlas.

The theory is that because it doesn’t require traditional foundations and it would be classified as a temporary structure, planning permissions would be much easier to get.

If an issue comes up or the residents just want to move, rather than losing their home they could disassemble it and move it to another plot.

PAO says unskilled people can easily install the panels with hex keys, and the prototype home could also be expanded easily to add more rooms as a family grows. ##

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Russia, China, Dutch 3D Construction and Housing

September 1st, 2016 Comments off

NOTE: if you hear sounds coming on, scroll down to the FEMA manufactured housing report, and push PAUSE on the video. Sorry, but that video only offered an autoplay function. MHProNews produced videos do not do that….Photo credit at top, Inhabitat.

Dutch DUS architects have produced a 3D cabin, where they invite anyone in Amsterdam to come and stay the night.  It is part of a more ambitious and larger project, says Katie Medlock in Inhabitat.

The cabin could be used for disaster relief or for other possible urban applications, perhaps like the Tiny mods previously reported on, linked here..


DUS 3d printed cabin, photo credit, Inhabitat.

Medlock says it uses a “Bioplastic filament made from linseed oil, developed by the architects and manufacturing company Henkel,” with a striking black design.


Photo credit, Inhabitat.

Its three dimensional patterns provide both mesmerizing illusions and structural stability,” Medlock states, with “Plenty of daylight enters the micro home through a large window and front entrance, which is accompanied by a porch and sitting area.”  DUS is working on much larger projects that would have 3D printing in mind.


Game of Thrones inspired tower is aprox. 20 feet tall, says 3Der.  The video on the page below is far from exciting, but it shows how the process works.

In Russia, 3Ders reports that a Game of Thrones style tower, 6 meters – or roughly 20 feet – tall has been produced by 3D Printing.

A cement plant uses the 3D printing method to create its structure.  The video above, while not exciting viewing, certainly provides a good idea of how this 3D printing technology works in practice.


Part of the Game of Thrones style tower, the process is shown in the video above, credit, 3Der.

A firm in China states it built this stunning house shown below in just 45 days, using this emerging 3D technology.


This large villa in China, 400 square meters or about 4300 square feet, was produced in 3 days, says 3Der.

The Daily Business News previously reported manufactured housing producer Clayton Homes testing of 3D technology, see that story, linked here.

Conventional construction has many alternatives and challengers, including manufactured housing, modular and prefab style systems building and the emerging technology of 3D printing. ##

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3D Printing Modular Homes using Mystery Ingredient may be Fraudulent

November 19th, 2015 2 comments

3D_print__modular_home__3dprint__credit__mystery_Chinese_iingredientUpdating a story MHProNews brought you July 17, 2015, concerning a 3D printing press that manufactures modular housing using a secret ingredient by the Zhuoda Group in China, cz reports it is China’s most recent suspected fraud.

In China, regulation is not keeping pace with the proliferation of financing schemes and wealth management products issued by banks. Zhuoda has raised about $1.57 billion (10 billion yuan) from some 400,000 Chinese investors, guaranteeing a 30 percent return, according to Watching, a digital publication owned in part by Alibaba. However, one of the company’s alleged backers does not exist, and there is scant evidence of underlying assets to support those returns.

With claims of $15.7 billion (100 billion yuan) assets and a workforce of 15,000, the company asserts it has invented a secret composite that could replace cement, wood, pottery clay, and stones—and could be recycled. It is allegedly waterproof, fireproof, corrosion proof and can last up to 150 years in any environment.

Moreover, it will withstand a 9.0 earthquake, resist strong winds, provide superior insulation, and generate negative ions. In addition to saving construction time and cutting labor costs, Zhuoda claims the modular building has a 33 percent profit margin.

Furthermore, Zhuoda’s assertion that it has a $94 billion a year deal with Russia for subsidized housing was refuted by the Russian Embassy in China. Similarly, a reported contract with the DR Congo for modular homes was denied by the DR Congo Embassy in China.

The provincial government’s financial affairs office is now investigating the company’s fundraising, but the Chinese government has restricted information about the case to governmental publications, effectively dampening additional news. ##

(Photo credit: 3Dprint–modular home being sited, made from secret ingredient)

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Modular Homes being Imported from China to New Zealand

September 11th, 2015 Comments off

new_Zealand_stuff_co_nz_anuja_nadkarni__modular_made_in_ChinaWith concerns over the high cost of housing in New Zealand, the Auckland Home Show emphasized smaller and more economical options, according to

One of the small-living products was modular Ecotech homes, imported from China and then assembled on site. The process from order to completion takes four months.

Made of Cor Ten steel, Ecotech director Tracey Brackebush described the houses as being “indestructible.” “The beauty of this is the quickness. They can be built on top of one another–the stairs are all bolted externally. It’s definitely going to be the way of the future,” she added. MHProNews has learned one visitor to the show wanted her 1970s home to be replaced with the Ecotech model. ##

(Photo credit: Nadkarni–steel modular home from China)

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