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Container Houses for Under $40,000, Transported by Flatbed, Construction, LifeStyle Videos

July 7th, 2018 No comments


The two videos below have well over 2 million views between them.


Compare that to all of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Videos combined, and it’s an absolute blowout.

Container housing – at this point – are not as inexpensive on a cost per square foot basis as a manufactured home.

The first video provides a look at how a container is converted into a housing unit.

The second video is a de facto sales pitch. It’s a marketers “romancing” of the “tiny house” type space.

These are just some of the competition for manufactured homes today.

Each of these alternatives could easily be a pivot-point, for those who understand “jiu jitsu.”

But the reality is that if these alternatives gain serious sales, their costs will decline as sales volume rise. That’s the law of supply, demand, and free enterprise.

For industry professionals and investors, these reflections are a reality check. They serve to remind us all that the status quo ought to be rejected, and growth-oriented approaches should be selected.

Yurts – Americans Hunt for an Affordable, Single-Sectional Manufactured Home Alternative

The Rollohome report is a reminder of just how rapidly new production can be brought on-line, and sales can be ramped up.

Rollohome, Creating 60,000 Factory-Built Homes in 2 Years

And the Genz report is a deep dive that reveals from a third party look at just how much the industry ought to be bragging, instead of lagging.

“Why Advocates Need to Rethink Manufactured Home Quality,” Harvard, GSE, Genz, “High Satisfaction”

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Manufactured Home Shipments, State by State Breakdown, May 2018 Official HUD Data


Wheat, Chaff, and the Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sales, Marketing Meeting


Achieving the American Dream, with Quality, Appealing, Affordable Home Ownership


Manufactured Housing Program Review Addressed by HUD Secretary Carson during Oversight Hearing



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Emerging Building, Construction Technologies Poised to Disrupt Housing, Developing, and More

May 29th, 2018 Comments off


This 10-minute video will show you some technologies that you will be familiar with, such as 3D Printing.


But it will also introduce you to technologies that you may not be familiar with at all.  This new TechZone video was posted earlier in May 2018, and it already boasts over a million views.


  • patio and road paving systems,
  • to tear down tech,
  • 3D printing,
  • to wall building drones,
  • robots that build walls faster than humans,
  • and more

this is a video that forward thinkers in the manufactured and modular housing industry will want to carefully digest.

We have a follow up Daily Business News report pending on a related process that is poised to launch later this year, or early in 2019.  It is a must for factory builders.  Stay tuned. ## (News, analysis, and expert commentary.)

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Survey Top 2017 PreFab, Modular, Tiny and 3D Printed Housing News Stories


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High School Training Students for Construction of Modular Homes

September 20th, 2017 Comments off

PortageTeensBuildingHouseNWIDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsBuilders of conventional, manufactured, and modular homes have routinely stated their need for more skilled labor.  The Daily Business News has tracked those challenges, one recent example, is linked here.

Now Chesterton, Indiana, high school students in the construction technology program are busy building a modular home on the school’s grounds, per veteran reporter Carmen McCollum for Northwest Indiana (NWI).

Instructor Tom Garzella reportedly stated that he’s secured a contract with Valparaiso, IN based Housing Opportunities, to buy their home for use by the nonprofit for the low-income, or the homeless.


We’re building a three-bedroom, one-bathroom modular home, about 900 square feet,” Garzella said. “We’re building it in two halves; then it will be put together when it’s moved to the site.”

Caren Furdeck, director of development for Housing Opportunities, expressed her thoughts like this, “We are excited to see this younger generation so involved and engaged in social justice and giving back to their community.”


This is the launch of this idea,” Furdeck said.


Hopefully, it will be successful, and we can continue this partnership. How great will it be for these students to be able to say they had a part in this project and contributed to their community,” Furdeck stated.


Garzella said the costs to build the modular home was about $26,000, and they’ve sold it to Housing Opportunities for about $35,000.  The profits are to go back into the program. ## (News.)

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ADP Jobs Report for May Released

June 1st, 2017 Comments off

The numbers are in… Credit: MHProNews.

The monthly private payroll jobs report from ADP and Moody’s Analytics was released today, and it appears that President Donald Trump’s “America First” plans are taking shape.

According to CNBC, job creation surged in May thanks to a jump in construction positions and a boom in professional and business services, up 253,000, which is significantly higher than the expectations from economists surveyed by Reuters, which projected a number of 185,000.


Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics. Credit: CNBC.

The growth is three times the rate of the growth in the underlying labor force,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.

So that means the unemployment rate, which is 4.4 percent, is quickly headed to 4 percent. This labor market is rip-roaring and getting really tight.”

Leading the way in jobs created was the services sector, with 205,000 new jobs, professional and business services contributing 88,000 jobs, which represents the best month for the sector in nearly three years, and education and health services adding 54,000 jobs.

The report noted that the construction sector added 37,000 jobs as the building season heats up, while manufacturing grew by 8,000 jobs and mining grew by 3,000 jobs.


Credit: CNBC.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, the mining sector has been one of the cornerstones of President Trump’s agenda.

Trade, transportation and utilities added 58,000 new jobs, and franchises add 18,400 new workers.

The positive report comes at a time where economists are doubtful that the Trump administration can deliver on its goal of three percent annual GDP growth, in part because the labor market is near full employment.

The report from ADP and Moody’s Analytics are regular precursors to the nonfarm payrolls count from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Economists estimate that payroll growth will come in around 176,000, down from the previous month’s 211,000.


The Proof is in the Pudding…


The President and First Lady visit Saudi Arabia. 300 billion in deals were completed during the visit. Credit: The White House.

As the Daily Business News covered in a feature story recently, while President Trump continues to make progress, including the lowest unemployment rate in decades, and the highest consumer, business confidence, and homebuilder confidence numbers in years, along with over $300 billion in deals with Saudi Arabia, what ELS Chairman Sam Zell colorfully called a “cacophony” of Deep State resistance has moved into high gear.

Even with that Deep State resistance, NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan, and industry organizations like MHARR, talked about the potentially massive impact that the Trump Administration could have.

Small business owners are clearly encouraged by the election results, but now it’s time for President-elect Trump and congressional leaders to deliver,” said Duggan.

Federal taxes, regulations, and Obamacare are the three biggest impediments to running a small business in America. Small business owners have high expectations that those problems will be addressed.”

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Modular Classroom Construction Under Way

May 2nd, 2017 Comments off

Students watch the modular construction. Credit: Peninsula Daily News.

In Washington, state and local officials lauded the start of construction of two new modular buildings for the Greywolf Elementary School last week, which will house new classrooms for kindergarten through third grade students beginning next school year.

According to the Peninsula Daily News, the structures will utilize cross-laminated timber (CLT), and are a part of a pilot project overseen by the state Department of Enterprise Services to address classroom sizes and pioneer the use of CLT in the state.

This is the site of new opportunity,” said U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer.

I believe the use of CLT will create more jobs, reduce the carbon footprint and create a more sustainable industry.

It’s incredibly exciting to sit down in Olympia and put $5½ million into this project to build classrooms,” said state Rep. Steve Tharinger, who serves as chairman of the Capital Budget committee.

We invest in building, so it’s exciting to see an actual project as innovative as this is.”


A SkilPod prefab home. Credit: Inhabitat.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, CLT is a prefabricated, solid-engineered wood panel manufactured by fusing crisscrossing layers of wood. We recently covered Skilpod, a Belgian construction company, which created the #150 Skilpod solar-powered model, which was constructed using CLT.


Derek Kilmer speaks at the groundbreaking. Credit: Peninsula Daily News.

In 2016, Washington legislators appropriated $5.5 million for design and construction of 10 buildings in multiple school districts across the state, in an effort to reduce class sizes.

It’s most exciting for us because it gives us some space to house kids,” said Donna Hudson, Greywolf Elementary principal.

For the kids themselves, it’s very common at recess to see kids lined up at the fence watching. They’re fascinated by it.”

Hudson said that she expects the installation process will take 3 months, and expects the buildings to be completed in June.


Kilmer and Thacther sign their names on the building. Credit: Peninsula Daily News.

I’m excited about the use of timber from local sources and seeing locals work on the project,” said School District Superintendent Gary Neal.

More importantly, this is going to help us fit the needs of our population. We’re overcrowded right now, and so this couldn’t have come at a better time for us.”

Tharinger said that he believes CLT has other uses in the state, including affordable housing.

Affordable housing is a huge issue for the state,” said Tharinger. “To be able to fit that challenge with cross-laminated timber, creating rural jobs and using renewable wood, is a good fit.”

For more on the use of CLT in prefab modular homes, including the opening of the 75,000 square foot factory in the U.K. by the Swan Housing Association, click here. ##

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Green Building Materials Front and Center in Construction

April 8th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Environmental Leader.

In a new report from Allied Market Research, the firm shows significant market growth for green building materials over the next five years.

According to the Environmental Leader, the “Green Building Materials Market Report” forecasts that the global market is expected to grow from $171,475 million in 2015 to $377,029 million by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 11.9 percent from 2016 to 2022.

The report also shows that the emission reduction potential of green building materials, higher asset value of green buildings, growth in public awareness regarding green materials, and increase in client and market demand are the major factors that will drive market growth.

With reduced operating costs and a better indoor working environment, the report states that those factors will add to market demand for green building materials.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, the manufactured and modular housing industries have long shown the significant upside of factory built housing, including lower costs, a more consistent product and strict federal standards.

Factory-built homes are becoming more popular in the housing industry as builders face a shortage of construction workers. Among the upscale modular homes covered, includes the work done by Revolution PreCrafted Homes, where Eric Trump sits on the board of directors. In a survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index reported that on average, single-family homebuilders use 10.2 different green products or practices, and 22 percent always or almost always have their homes certified to a green standard.

For more on the green building movement, including Karen Adams, President and CEO of Green Dwellings in Palm Beach, Florida aiming to be the Tesla of modular green homes, click here. ##


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Constraints on New Home Construction – Is MH the Answer?

March 14th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Clark County Home Builders.

New data from Redfin shows that more consumers than ever before are in the market for a home.

While sales are picking up, new home construction is well below levels prior to the recession of 2008.

Could manufactured housing be the solution?

According to National Mortgage News, there are key factors that limit new home construction.


Credit: National Mortgage News.


Rising Land Costs are a factor, as many homebuilders who where able to grab empty lots as land prices tanked during the recession. They got a great deal and have built on the land, which is significantly more expensive now that it was just a few years ago.

Severe Labor Shortages are hurting the construction industry badly, with 184,000 construction jobs nationwide left unfilled. As the Daily Business News covered recently, a poll conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) revealed that 76 percent of builders indicated cost and availability of labor as their major problem. The poll concludes that the anticipated construction labor shortage could cripple the improving housing market.


Credit: National Mortgage News.

There are currently 184,000 open construction sector jobs,” said Robert Dietz, chief economist at the NAHB.

The rate of unfilled sector jobs has been on the rise and now stands at rates near cycle highs and at levels comparable to the housing boom period. The rising rate of unfilled jobs has slowed the construction sector’s net job growth.


Credit: Real EstateSyracuse.

The “Renter’s Nation” continues to heat up, as many of the homes that were left vacant during the financial crisis became single-family rentals, and many flock to them to get the home experience, without the cost and restraints.

Credit: National Mortgage News.

Access to Credit is an issue, as it is still very difficult to obtain a traditional home loan, and without buyers for homes, homebuilders have a hard time justifying more home construction.


Manufactured Housing to the Rescue?

With all of the challenges facing new home construction, the manufactured housing industry remains a practical and viable solution to making the American Dream accessible to everyone.

Mega successful business people like Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, Jim Clayton, founder of Clayton Homes, and ELS Chairman Sam Zell all understand the immense value proposition that manufactured housing provides, with Zell famously being quoted as saying during this interview, “Everyone calls them trailer parks. Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.


Credit: MHLivingNews.

For more on manufactured housing being the solution that’s hiding in plain sight, see MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach’s insight into the opportunity linked here. ##

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Modular Construction Helps to House Veterans

February 16th, 2017 Comments off

The entrance to Potter’s Lane. Credit: OC Register.

In Midway City, California, American Family Housing and GrowthPoint Structures have come to the rescue to help house the area’s homeless veterans.

Potter’s Lane, which consists of 16 studio-apartment units refurbished from cargo containers, is said to be the first example in the nation of a multi-unit permanent housing complex fashioned in this way.


Thinking outside of the box is what we have to do to get these veterans housed,” said Timothy Wilson of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Long Beach, speaking to a crowd of about 300 visitors at the unveiling of the nearly completed complex.

According to the OC Register, the “box” at Potter’s Lane is each of the 8-by-20-foot containers that once transported dry goods to California ports but have been converted into insulated living quarters by the Los Angeles-based GrowthPoint Structures. Three modified containers make up each studio apartment.


A look at the inside of one of the units at Potter’s Lane. Credit: OC Register.

Fifteen of the sixteen units are set for homeless veterans, with an on-site manager occupying the other unit. Amenities include a common room, a central patio with a barbecue and a garden with raised beds to grow vegetables. The VA and non-profit Orange County’s Illumination Foundation will subsidize rents and provide wrap around services.

Oh, I love it,” said Paul Leon, Illumination Foundation founder and president prior to the start of the event. “I feel this is going to be the campus model.

James “Jimmy” Palmiter, a Vietnam War-era veteran who served stateside, took his first look at the fully furnished units in the complex during the event, and was floored.


James “Jimmy” Palmiter looks at one of the rooms. Credit: OC Register.

I can’t believe all the stuff they put in there,” said Palmiter, who moved last month from his van into temporary quarters at American Family Housing’s main building.

Did you see the coffeemaker? It’s gigantic.

Each unit is furnished with a double bed, easy chair, dresser and flat-screen TV, small dining table and fully equipped kitchen. A women’s church group in Westminster contributed handmade red, white and blue-themed quilts.

Move in day is expected to be some time this week.


Donna Gallup addresses the crowd. Credit: OC Register.

Donna Gallup, president and chief executive of American Family Housing, reflected her pride in the project in her comments during the event.

Who would have guessed that Orange County would be the leader in this nation, on this front?” said Gallup. “But, we are.” ##

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Multi-Story Modular – The Answer to Rising Costs?

November 21st, 2016 Comments off

A Matrix Homes installation in Wellington, New Zealand. Credit: Matrix Homes.

For Trentham, New Zealand-based Matrix Homes, they believe the answer is yes.

According to Voxy, Matrix Homes is about to enter the high-rise market offering steel frame modular construction for hotels and apartment buildings. This follows the signing of an agreement to partner with Alto Australia, a company with 30 years experience in large-scale modular multi-story projects.

Matrix expects to announce New Zealand’s first modular construction high rise building in the first quarter of 2017. This project will use the steel frame modular construction system developed by our partners Alto Australia,” said managing director Sean Murrie.


Sean Murrie. Credit: Stuff NZ.

Not only will this result in considerable savings over the cost of conventional construction but the build time will be significantly reduced taking weeks instead of months – a fraction of the time of an onsite build.

The plan between the two companies will use steel framed load bearing modules, alleviating the need for the building to have an independent structural frame. The modules can be stacked like building blocks to create multi-story buildings of up to 10 levels in New Zealand.

Matrix says that their units will only take two weeks to install for a six-floor building, and that the entire build can be completed in less than 3 months. The company also claims that multi-story modular buildings have lower maintenance costs, and better seismic and acoustic performance than traditional builds.


The Matrix Homes factory. Credit: Matrix Homes.

Our modular high rise system provides savings of up to 25% over conventional building methods, produces less material waste and a much safer work environment,” said Murrie.

This enables developers to build in the current market and avoid exposure to escalating building costs that industry sources recently claimed saw between 22 and 35 multi-residential projects axed in Auckland over the past 12 months.

But, according to Murrie, costs are not the only issue.

While rising construction costs are not the only reason many construction projects aren’t proceeding, clearly there is a need for greater innovation that will result in a less costly, faster and better performing built environment. Had developers adopted modular construction, we believe many of the cancelled Auckland projects could have been built,” said Murrie.


Alto Australia plant. Credit: Alto.

Matrix Homes claims that they have produced 60 stand-alone homes. While bureaucracy is a challenge, they plan to continue.

Each and every housing consent with Councils is hard fought – the territorial local authorities are getting in the way of building affordable housing and we would prefer to focus on multi-story modular where our efforts aren’t stymied at every turn,” said Murrie.

The Matrix/Alto Australia modular system provides an innovative solution to the ever increasing cost of building multi-story buildings without compromising quality. It meets or exceeds all wind and earthquake standards, and provides superior fire protection. This makes the system ideal for hotels, apartments, and student accommodation.

Even with the challenges, Murrie remains optimistic.

We believe modular multi-story construction also creates an opportunity to expand our business and workforce to deliver bigger projects that will improve our built environment.

The Daily Business News has covered the modular segment recently, including a similar project by London-based firm Pocket. ##

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Big Houses Soar, MH Snore?

August 23rd, 2014 Comments off

reed-construction-us-census-bureau-mhpronews-daily-business-news3Analyzing data released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), total U.S. housing starts in July advanced at the rate Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 1.093 million units. ReedConstructionData noted to MHProNews  that this is the second highest level since November 2007 (1.197 million), with November 2013 SAAR hitting 1.105 million starts.

Single-family starts in June were raised by 31,000 units; multiple-family starts by 21,000.

While the media may fawn over the tiny house movement, housing market data demonstrates that single family house sizes continue to rise. Dominated by wealthier buyers, the average sized house in 2013 was 2,598 square feet, the highest ever.

The U.S. housing market does roughly a trillion dollars annually in revenue. Manufactured and modular homes can produce residential style homes competitively.  Increased volume of new factory-built home shipments can yield additional savings. Manufactured housing (MH) produces entry level homes that conventional construction is unable to match. With incomes down for most Americans compared to 5 years ago – and rents rising – the need for affordability for many has increased. Such market facts suggest that the combination of vision, image, education and more demand could drive MH to new highs. ##

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