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Zeal for Modular Housing in Auckland

August 13th, 2013 Comments off

Noting that New Zealand is facing a housing shortage, Alistair Helm says the Labour and National political parties are not doing enough to ease the problem, especially in helping younger and first-time home buyers obtain financing. He suggests lowering the down payment to five percent, in particular because he says the vast majority of homes built in the last five years have been large, often four bedroom homes. MHProNews has learned from interest.co.nz Helm recommends the government turn to modular housing construction techniques to meet this pressing need.

(Photo credit: nzherald–modular home in New Zealand)

Modular Builder Holding Workshops on Construction

May 7th, 2013 Comments off

According to northbaybusinessjournal in Calif., Santa Rosa-based HybridCore Homes is designing the first phase of an 81-unit modular apartment complex in Williston, North Dakota, where the Bakken Oil Field has created a large demand for housing. The second phase calls for an additional 324 apartments. The name refers to the melding of off-site and on-site construction techniques for building a home, beginning with a module. Other modular projects HybridCore is working on include a 24-unit apartment in LaCrosse, Wis. and three single homes in Austin In California, the company has two projects with Calistoga Affordable Housing, a 60-plus townhome development, and several individual homes around the state. Otis Orsburn, vice-president of construction, says, “As new home construction gets back on the radar, we are getting calls daily about using the HybridCore Homes methodology of homebuilding.” The firm won the Best New Home Design in the 2,200 square foot category awarded by the National Modular Housing Council in April. MHProNews understands the company is holding a two-day workshop for builders May 22 and 23 in Santa Rosa to learn the technology.

(Photo credit: northbaybusinessjournal–HybridCore Home in Los altos, Calif.)

Palm Harbor Homes on Tour

February 22nd, 2013 Comments off

The democratherald tells MHProNews the manufactured homes used to display the energy efficiency of a BASF HVAC system at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas were made by Palm Harbor Homes at their Millersburg, Ore. facility. The “BEYOND High Performance” homes are built to achieve a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index of 50, and a reduction of water usage by 20 percent. BASF chose to showcase products and construction techniques available to promote energy efficiency. One of the 945 square foot homes was only partially built so viewers could see the building methods; the other one was finished. The two PHH homes are currently on tour across the country. Perhaps they are coming to a Home Show near you.

(Image credit: Palm Harbor Homes)

High-end Modular Hotels Down Under?

August 27th, 2012 Comments off

WaToday reports from Australia modular construction techniques have been used in mining camps and other remote areas to house workers, where materials and labor are expensive to import for onsite construction. Modular methods have also contributed to the development of public buildings and social infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and economy budget hotel chains. With room shortages being reported in most capital cities, the scale is tipping in favor of modular construction for larger high-end hotels due to the faster delivery, cost savings, greater quality control, and improved on site safety of current modular techniques. MHProNews has learned Australia could follow the lead of European hotels in reducing the shortage of desperately needed hotel stock.

(Photo credit: Regina Leader-Post/Troy Fleece)