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Pushing Back Against NIMBYism, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, NAHB Innovative Housing Showcase, Schedule

June 5th, 2019 Comments off

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The very best way, obviously, is to address the ideological factors that are causing [prices] to rise so much,” Carson said, per the News and Observer about how to create more affordable housing. “These density and height restrictions and parking restrictions, they add to a new, single-family construction about 25% [in price] and to multifamily 32% on average. That’s a massive increase in pricing, which leaves a lot of people very distressed.”

 

Secretary Carson’s office noted in a press release that the country is far behind schedule in building new housing units.

The U.S. needs about 1.3 million new homes and 325,000 new apartments per year to keep up with population growth. But in 2018, only some 900,000 homes were started and on average only 244,000 apartments are built per year, HUD said, citing data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Apartment Association (NAA).

We are working with the various local jurisdictions to remove a lot of the [regulatory] barriers,” Carson said. “That is the thing that the builders are waiting for.”

Which from the manufactured home industry perspective begs the question, has the Manufactured Housing Institute and/or the HUD staff informed Secretary Carson about the “enhanced preemption” provisions regarding manufactured homes? That’s the subject of a deeper dive, linked below.

 

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Part of what’s noteworthy in the above is Carson’s choice of the words, “ideological factors…” – an online dictionary, per Google, said: ideological” is an adjective that means: “based on or relating to a system of ideas and ideals, especially concerning economic or political theory and policy.”

Below is the schedule that HUD set for the Innovative Housing Showcase, per the HUD website. 

 

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SCHEDULE

IHS Location:

National Mall (between 4th and 7th Streets)
Washington, DC
Site Map

IHS Operating Hours:

Weekend Hours: 10am – 6pm
Weekday Hours: 9am – 6pm

IHS Schedule:
(Last updated 6/5/2019 – Dates and times are subject to change.)

 

Saturday, June 1 – General Public Day

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

 

 

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Welcome

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson

 

10:30 AM – 11:15 PM

 

Panel: Beyond the Prototypes – Meet the Exhibitors Part 1

 

Moderator: Denise Dersin (Professional Builder Magazine)

Panelists: Boxabl,

Ducky Johnson,

MinMax Spaces,

PRESCIENT,

Skyline Champion

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Tunneling Presentation

 

 

Description: IHS brings together a collection of innovative companies to display new building technologies and housing solutions that are addressing affordability and resiliency. Meet our exhibitors and learn more about the housing prototypes and materials they are displaying on the National Mall. Exhibitors for this presentation will include Boxabl, Ducky Johnson, MinMax Spaces, PRESCIENT, and Skyline Champion.

 

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

 

On-Stage Interview with Zack Gillin, Tiny House Nation

 

Interviewer: Denise Dersin, Professional Builder Magazine

 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

 

Panel: Many Problems, Mini Solutions

 

Moderator: Zack Giffin, Tiny House Nation

Panelists: Elizabeth Singleton (Build us HOPE),

Andrew Bennett (Core Housing Solutions), and

Alexis Stephens (Tiny House Expedition)

 

Description: Tiny homes: they’re all the rage right now, but what really goes into the building process, and how can this trend be used to reach its full potential? Experts in tiny-home building will discuss the process of producing these structures, and how tiny homes can be an innovative solution to a wide range of housing needs. Exhibitors for this presentation will include Build us HOPE, Core Housing Solutions, and Tiny House Expedition.

 

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

 

Panel: Beyond the Prototypes – Meet the Exhibitors Part 2

 

Moderator: NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde

Panelists: indieDwell,

NUCA,

Oak Ridge National Laboratory,

Piedmont Green,

CAVCO

 

Description: IHS brings together a collection of innovative companies to display new building technologies and housing solutions that are addressing affordability and resiliency. Meet our exhibitors and learn more about the housing prototypes and materials they are displaying on the National Mall. Exhibitors for this presentation will include indieDwell, NUCA, Oakridge Lab, Piedmont Green, and CAVCO.

 

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Closing Remarks

 

NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde

 

Sunday, June 2 – State and Local Government Day

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

 

 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Panel: The Ins and Outs of Innovation

 

Moderator: Lorraine Woellert (POLITICO)

Panelists: Mike Luzier (Home Innovation Research Lab),

Jeff Rumer (National Utility Contractors Association)

 

Description: Two leaders in innovative building technologies and processes, the Home Innovation Research Lab (HIRL) and the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), bring their leadership to discuss the future of home building. Michael Luzier of HIRL and Jeff Rumer of NUCA – two groups that are the frontline of innovation – will discuss building material testing and trenchless technology.

 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

 

Panel: Local Solutions to Housing Challenges

 

Moderator: Laura Kusisto (Wall Street Journal)

Panelists: Commissioner Sheila Kiscaden (Olmsted County, Minnesota),

Daria Daniel (National Association of Counties),

William Doerner (Prince George County, MD Planning Board and Economist at FHFA)

 

Description: States and local governments are taking action to boost housing in their communities. From affordability to availability, production to preservation, this panel will discuss the increasing level of activity happening in housing at the state and local level, as well as the regulatory barriers that impede the construction of affordable housing.

 

 

Monday, June 3 – Federal Government Day

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

 

 

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM

 

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson

 

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Opening Remarks

 

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

 

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Remarks

 

FHFA Director Mark Calabria

 

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

 

Remarks

 

FEMA Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor

 

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

 

Panel: Innovations in Disaster Recovery and Mitigation

 

Moderator: Stephen Jordan, (Institute for Sustainable Development)

Panelists: Mike Hernandez (Fannie Mae),

Janet Golrick (HUD),

Roderick Scott (Ducky Johnson House Lifting).

 

Description: Featuring federal leaders in disaster recovery and housing, a Showcase exhibitor specializing in pre-disaster housing mitigation, and the Institute for Sustainable Development, this panel will discuss post-disaster housing issues, the value of mitigation, and why continuous improvement in housing innovation is vital for the nation’s risk management agenda. Participants include Mike Hernandez (Fannie Mae), Janet Golrick (HUD), Roderick Scott (Ducky Johnson House Lifting).

 

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 

Remarks

 

HUD Acting Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery

 

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

 

Remarks

 

Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes

 

Tuesday, June 4 – Capitol Hill Day

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

 

 

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Opening Remarks

 

NAHB Vice Chairman Dean Mon

 

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

 

Panel: Fostering Innovative Technology

 

Moderator: Christopher Bourne (HUD Office of Innovation)

Panelists: Carlos Martin (Urban Institute),

Andrew McCoy (Virginia Tech),

Michael Luzier (Home Innovation Research Lab),

Dr. Theresa Weston (DuPont)

 

Description: The Fostering Innovative Technology panel announces the publication of HUD’s Office of Innovation report, “Building Even Better Homes: Strategies for Promoting Innovation in Home Building.” The panel will discuss the current state of innovation within the home building industry and ways in which government, academia and industry can work together to enable more innovation in housing.

 

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

 

On-Stage Interview

 

Moderator: Katy O’Donnell (POLITICO)

Participants: Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO)

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)

 

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

 

Panel: The Impact of Housing Policies

 

Moderator: Katy O’Donnell (POLITICO)

Panelists: Caitlin Walter (National Multifamily Housing Council),

Todd Richardson (HUD Office of Policy Development and Research),

Robert Dietz (NAHB’s Chief Economist)

 

Description: Panelists from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, National Association of Home Builders, and the National Multifamily Housing Council will discuss how housing policies impact affordability across different markets. The panelists will also discuss new research that is critical to informing housing policy and influential in the field. Panel moderated by Katy O’Donnell of POLITICO.

 

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM

 

Closing Remarks

Wednesday, June 5 – Industry Day

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibitor Homes and Booths Open to Public

 

 

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Opening Remarks

 

HUD Acting Dep. Secretary Brian Montgomery

 

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

 

Fireside Chat

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson,

Ankur Jain, Founder and CEO of Kairos

Moderator: Avik Roy, Policy Editor, Forbes; President & Co-Founder, The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Panel: Holistic Housing for Veterans

 

Moderator: Kayla Williams (Center for a New American Security)

Panelists: John Boerstler (NextOp),

Dr. Keith Harris (Veterans Health Administration),

Taryn Patterson (Leading Age Maryland),

Dylan Tête (Bastion)

 

Description: Supportive housing programs that are person-centered and trauma-informed incorporate a holistic approach to the provision of services that promote the dignity, strength, and empowerment of trauma survivors. By incorporating neighbor-to-neighbor social capital exchange and knowledge about the role of trauma in individuals’ lives into programs, policies, and procedures, supportive housing can facilitate transformative gains that lead to increased social connectedness, economic empowerment, and housing stability. Through this case study of an innovative and award-winning veteran housing development in New Orleans, participants will hear examples of how Bastion Community of Resilience is using this approach to reintegrate military veterans who have experienced trauma.

 

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

 

Remarks

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

 

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

 

Panel: Keeping Up With the Codes

 

Moderator: Sara Yerkes (International Code Council)

Panelists: Ken Bland (American Wood Council)

David Pereg (International Codes Council Evaluation Service)

Neil Burning (International Codes Council)

 

Description: Construction codes are good and necessary – but not everything is in the codes, especially innovative technologies and techniques. As leaders in the field of innovation, panelists from the American Wood Council and Home Innovation Research Lab talk about the processes to getting their products included in the codes.

 

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

 

Panel: Real Estate Realities – The Next 10 Years

 

Moderator: Diana Olick, CNBC

Dr. Robert Dietz (NAHB Chief Economist),

Mark Richardson (Professional Remodeler),

Terry Horton (D.R. Horton and Horton World Solutions)

 

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Closing Remarks

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard

 

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

August 24th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Tiny Prefab Builder Takes His Show on the Road

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.

Cities Housing the Homeless – are Modular Homes an Answer?

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.

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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.

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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.

It is one of several undercurrents that manufactured and modular housing professionals and investors in the U.S. should keep in mind in navigating the crests and waves that are part of the factory-built housing industry’s reality.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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Homelessness in America, and Factory-Built Housing

December 27th, 2017 Comments off

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Although the total homeless population has fallen almost 14% since 2010, there are still close to 550,000 people in the U.S. who don’t have a fixed abode, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” wrote the column’s author, Megan Elliott.

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Charles Payne on Fox Business said tonight that California, the richest state in the Union, also has the most homeless.

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NIMBY and land use – read zoning – are among the factors that have contributed to this problem.

NIMBY and the Denial of Manufactured Housing

What 2017 has demonstrated is that there are several initiatives underway that propose various forms of prefab housing as a solution.

Some of those prefabs are coming from China.

Billion-Dollar Micro-Modular War – Housing Homeless, but Unions Balk Over Importing Units From Abroad

U.S prefab, modular, and container builders have also been active in chasing opportunities to serve cities with affordable housing, including for the homeless.

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The causes and solutions for homelessness are complex, as Cheat Sheet reported about Philadelphia and the other top 10 cities with thousands of homeless.

A 26% poverty rate, low wages, high housing costs, and a lack of affordable transportation all contribute to the problem of homelessness in Philadelphia, according to Project Home, a local nonprofit group. An opiate addiction crisis is also causing the homeless population in the city to grow, Philly.com reported,” wrote Elliott.

But certainly one issue that manufactured home professionals should keep in mind is that the HUD Code is supposed to be preemptive.

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As the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), JD Harper with the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), and other industry have told MHLivingNews and MHProNews, the solution ought to include enhanced access to the nation’s most affordable housing.  ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

 

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Puerto Rico, Post-Hurricane Maria, Manufactured Homes and Factory-Built Housing

September 29th, 2017 Comments off
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Puerto Rico, satelitte view before and after Hurricane Maria.

While not a state, Puerto Ricans have been U.S. Citizens since 1917, says LOC.gov.

As citizens, they are able to come to any of the 50 United States at any time.

Given the devastation on the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria, many believe that’s precisely what’s starting to occur, and will likely happen at an increasing pace.

The disaster, of course, is an immense tragedy to the millions on the island.

The still from the NBC News video shows just how devastated the electrical grid is post-Irma.  The top half of the picture is the view pre-Maria, the bottom half of the still, after the monster storm.

To get a sense of the magnitude of the human need, as Fox News reports, the population on the island is equal or greater than 21 of the United States.

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There are millions without power on the island, with declining food, water, and other basic needs.

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The tragedy is bound to attract serious attention from those in the housing sector, including manufactured  homes, modular, and prefab housing.

There is going to be a dual need.

  • One, housing on the island itself.
  • Two , housing for those who are leaving Puerto Rico for the mainland.

FEMA is already scrambling after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  While power has been restored to most of Florida now, there’s tens of billions of dollars in damage that must be dealt with here.

Clayton, Clinton, and Haiti

Some professionals may recall that during the Haiti’s crisis, Clayton Homes worked with the Clinton Foundation to ship units to that island nation. Controversy arose in the mainstream media in the wake of that disaster regarding placements and performance due to problematic installations.

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Certainly, there were some arguably some problems with the Montreal Gazette’s reporting, but the fact remains that serious issues were raised that harmed the industry image. Those are lessons that the factory-built home industry needs to consider, learn from, and hopefully avoid.

Post Hurricane Industry Responses 

With manufacturing facilitates already backordered numerous weeks, there are reports coming into MHProNews that some factories may expand, open or reopen production to meet the needs.

But that too has its challenges.

Labor must be recruited, and trained. There is the balance investors make between meeting the needs, and the question mark of what happens post-disaster.

The Daily Business News on MHProNews will continue to track the post-hurricane recovery efforts.  ## (News, analysis. Editor’s Note: we salute all those who are responding to these disasters, and pray for the speedy recovery of the millions of victims.)

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Micro Solar Mods for Millennials

July 26th, 2017 Comments off

InhabitatRHPL&GModularHomesLaunchPodPostDailyBusinessNews408It’s been less than two weeks since the Daily Business News reported on Legal & General’s (L&G) announcement that they were entering the modular housing industry in the United Kingdom.

L&G, which has ties to U.S. based Cavco Industries, is a giant insurance-focused company that has been advocating for the understanding, acceptance, and growth of modular and other factory-built housing.

British housing association RHP has ordered modular homes called LaunchPod’s from the insurance conglomerate’s backed factory, located in Selby, according to the RHP website.

Inhabitat says that their Selby factory is expected to produce over 3,000 homes a year – starting with the LaunchPod’s ordered by RHP, which were designed by Wimhurst Pelleriti, a “micro units” builder.

The units are aimed at one of the age groups who need affordable housing the most – millennial’s.

RHP will be using the homes to break into the intermediate market – helping the growing group of people who don’t qualify for social housing but are priced out of the private market,” the firm said.

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The aim of this community is to offer affordable homes to those who don’t qualify for public subsidies or other assistance, but who may not yet be able to afford the market rates for rent.

This is an growing issue seen both in the U.K. and the U.S. Another recent Daily Business News article takes a look at how poorly most minimum wage workers fair in the U.S., while outlining the need for more affordable housing options here in America…

…not unlike the need for these micro-mods.

 

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Micro-modular homes, or Micro Mod floorplan – dubbed the LaunchPod. Image credit, Inhabitat, L&G.

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Map showing the distance between Selby and London, England. Credits, Google Maps

This building method uses high quality materials and ensures faster construction, a more eco-friendly build and a marked development cost reduction compared with traditional builds,” per RHP.

The LaunchPod homes will be around 280 square feet, but all of the space is efficiently used to make the home feel more open. They are expected to come with luxury kitchens, a lounge, bedroom, bathroom and a veranda – and will be fully outfitted and ready for occupancy soon after being placed in Richmond, a town southwest of London.

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RHP were adamant throughout the R&D process that they did not want to use space saving gimmicks such as fold down beds that are maintenance heavy and typically associated with small spaces. Their aim throughout was to provide high quality accommodation that did not compromise on quality or the feeling of space.”

Instead of features like folding-beds, the LaunchPod offers stylish raised beds with storage space underneath. They also manage to fit many luxury features into the small and affordable space. The homes will even be solar-powered to further enhance the savings and ecofriendlyness of the homes.

David Done, RHP’s Chief Executive says: “I’m really excited about this new product and the opportunities it can create for those struggling to rent in London. I was blown away when I first saw the prototype – it is spacious, modern and high quality. This is just one of the ways we’re aiming to combat the housing crisis and will contribute to our target of investing £250M in new affordable homes over the next eight years.”

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The estimated cost of the LaunchPod homes, according to Inhabitat, is around £60,000 to £70,000, or around $78,155 to $91,182. However, since these homes are being built specifically to rent, RHP appears to intend to rent them out for $782-$912 per month – compared to the average rental rate for a 1-bedroom flat in the area, which is $1,300.

Set up time?  Just one day per unit, says Inhabitat.

Not only will the homes be less expensive to rent on a monthly basis, but because they are being built to be solar-powered with underfloor heating, the estimated cost of electricity for the LaunchPod is a scant $13 per year.

This certainly all adds up to a growing and bright future for L&G, and modular housing in the U.K. as a solution to the current affordable housing crisis. Will L&G be targeting the U.S market…next? # # (News, Analysis.)

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Leadership Series Announced

June 12th, 2017 Comments off
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An introduction at the Prosperity Series forum of Tim Connor, CSP.

Tim Connor has been doing sales, management and corporate coaching, training and speaking in the manufactured, modular and prefab housing industry for over 20 years. 

Connor is one of the few sales authors with a book selling over a million copies that has been translated into two dozen languages. 

With over 4,000 global presentations in 25 countries, 80 books, and hundreds of published articles, he’s informed and inspired millions over the years to be more effective and successful.

Connor was one of the founding contributors to MHProNews, so he’s well known to the factory-built housing industry.

Connor has recently announced a new series that was previewed for the Prosperity Series forum. 

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(Photos are stills from a YouTube video, provided on our request by Tim Connor.)

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Matthew Silver.

Submitted by Matthew Silver to the Daily Business News, on MHProNews.

Russia, China, Dutch 3D Construction and Housing

September 1st, 2016 Comments off
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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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach is the publisher of MHProNews.com and MHLivingNews.com.

(Editor’s Note: Matthew Silver is taking some much needed and well-earned time off, and L. A. “Tony” Kovach will be helping fill the Daily Business News role in the interim.)

Article submitted by L. A. “Tony” Kovach, to Daily Business News for MHProNews.

Tim Connor’s heart procedure looms, prayers requested

July 6th, 2016 1 comment

TimConnorCSP-HeartProcedureNovantHospital-postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews-Following a recent and successful hip replacement procedure, veteran speaker and writer Tim Connor faces what doctors are calling a “very serious” heart procedure in the next 24 to 48 hours. The procedure will be performed at Charlotte NC’s Novant Hospital branch, in their ICU specialty unit.

At one point, Connor’s blood pressure reportedly fell to 50/32 – dangerously low – but has since improved enough to allow for the pending heart procedure, which may take place tomorrow.

Connor is the author of over 80 books, including the international best seller – Soft Sell. He is a regular contributor to MHProNews and has been for over 6 years. He’s been a presenter at MH associations and for various factory-home building companies.

His most recent featured article on MHProNews is entitled, Letting Go.

MHProNews  staff offers it prayers and best wishes to Tim and his loved ones; we’ll provide an update once the results are known. ##

(Image credit – Novant Hospital logo, Tim Connor, CSP photo)


By L. A. “Tony” Kovach for the Daily Business News.

Judge Orders Approval of Contested Factory-built Subdivision, Awards $650,000

September 26th, 2015 Comments off

Big_Sky_Monana__their_creditMontana State District Court Judge George Huss abruptly ended a jury trial early in Bozeman, and awarded a development corporation $650,000 to be paid by the Gallatin County Commission for denying a proposal to develop the Gateway Village subdivision and site factory-built homes, MHProNews has learned.

The commission had denied the project in January, 2014, citing concerns about fire department access, impact on the school district and traffic safety. In his decision, Judge Huss said the commission’s ruling “lacked substantial evidence” for the 54-acre property, but did instruct Gateway Village developer David Loseff to pay the school district $750 for each lot at the end of each phase, plus $23,740 for the cost of a failed 2015 levy.

Noting the subdivision would be high quality, Loseff told the bozemandailychronicle, “There is obviously a huge need in Big Sky where 80 percent of the workforce has to live outside the community because the area is landlocked and infrastructure constrained,” Loseff said. “But you also have a growing population in the information technology sector at Four Corners. We’re conveniently situated between both of them.

Loseff had originally intended the property to contain 191 sites, but the judge limited it to 96 manufactured or modular homes. He also said Gateway must have 15 or fewer wells, and said the eastern edge must include 20-foot setbacks for the homes and be lined with eight-foot tall trees. The county’s insurer had agreed to pay the $650,000.

Big Sky is located less than an hour from Yellowstone National Park. ##

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Affordable Housing Competition Set for University Students

April 24th, 2015 Comments off

image blue thumbs with blueprint  fotosearch clip artThe Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Low Income Housing Challenge pits eight teams from six West Coast universities against each other to develop affordable housing proposals for potential future development.

Now in its 24th year, the goal is to attract undergrad and grad students to be part of the next generation of the affordable housing industry. The bank challenges the students to envision new and innovative models of housing for low-to-moderate income residents.

According to what housingwire tells MHProNews, a jury of affordable housing professionals with backgrounds in architecture, development, finance, planning and government will judge the proposals. One of the guidelines is the proposals must not only be forward looking, but also feasible given the current economic and environmental climate. No mention was made of factory-built housing. ##

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