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Another Country Turns to Prefab to Solve Housing Crisis

January 24th, 2017 Comments off

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A German designer is the latest to turn to prefab and modular to solve the nation’s housing crisis.

Architect and builder Werner Sobek of Aktivhaus has a new project underway in the town of Winnenden that looks to solve the problem of housing a lot of refugees in a hurry.

According to Treehugger, the development is designed to accommodate 200 asylum seekers, but is not the usual emergency housing, often made out of shipping containers. The Daily Business News recently covered Sweden’s effort to use shipping containers to solve their housing crisis. That story is linked here.

Instead, the high-quality 22 units are coated externally with a larch wood façade and are resource saving, recyclable, and free of emissions, delivered ready to assemble. Aktivhaus says that the units can be up and functional within a few weeks.


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And that’s welcome news, says Hartmut Holzwarth, Mayor of Winnenden. Not just for refugees, but overall.


Hartmut Holzwarth. Credit: Namefinder.

Even without refugee access, it is estimated that there will be a need for 40,000 additional apartments in Baden-Württemberg in the coming years. In addition, it is estimated that some 30,000 apartments will be required each year for the recognized asylum seekers and their families who have been rescued,” said Holzwarth.

The topic of refugee housing in Winnenden has been a hot button issue for critics, as it represents potentially separate, special accommodations for refugees of the Syrian war in special areas outside designated settlements.



Winnenden, in red. Credit: Google.

According to town officials, the plan is for units to be used as a “connecting accommodation” for Syrian civil war refugees for three years, then to take legal steps to convert the special area to a residential area.

Those plans are already being discussed. ##

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Modular Housing Booming for Refugees in Germany

February 11th, 2016 Comments off

Czech_Republic_modular_units_for_refugees_in_Germany__picture_dash_alliance_slash_dpa_slash_b_dot_pedersenAs MHProNews posted Aug. 12, 2015, a manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic is supplying Germany with modular housing to provide quarters for the thousands of refugees fleeing war and poverty in their native lands of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Germany is building seven modular centers to house 20,000 people. As the orders are flooding in from German cities, the Czech Republic itself has little need for the modules as it has provided refuge for a small number of Syrian Christians, according to dw.

Marketing Director Jan Petr of Paris-based Touax Group in Supikovice, Czech Republic, expects 60 percent of their modular units this year will go to Germany, up from 30 percent last year. ##

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European Modular Housing Builder Overwhelmed by Demand

August 12th, 2015 Comments off

Migrant_modulars_in_Czech_Republic__ap_photo_Petr_David_Josek__creditAs sltrib informs MHProNews, the influx of some 200,000 migrants into Europe this year has benefited the modular housing division of Paris-based Touax Group in Supikovice, Czech Republic, which is trying to keep up with the demand from Germany to house those fleeing war and poverty in their native lands.

Marketing Director Jan Petr said 30 percent of this year’s production of 75,000 square meters will go to Germany, a number that is expected to increase to 60 percent next year. Located in the northeastern part of the country in the Jeseniky Mountains, the plant employs 250 workers, 30 of them recent hires.

Petr said they have been unable to keep up with the demand, and are now expecting orders from Sweden as well. “We think this will go on for a year, year and a half but meanwhile we are also registering demand from other countries,” he noted.

Currently working on an order from Hamburg for eight apartment buildings with 30 units, the modular structures can be used for offices, schools, and shops as well as for homes and hotels, and are simple to assemble. Orders from Sulzbach and Munich will be next. Germany is building seven centers with housing for 20,000. ##

(Photo credit: Associated Press/Petr David Josek-modular plant in the Czech Republic)

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Modular Smart Home Controlled by Smart Phone

May 26th, 2015 Comments off

german smart home  techvibes  creditA modular home being tested in Germany is controlled totally by a smart phone, generates enough energy from solar panels on the roof to power houses on either side and can be assembled in one day. At the end of the test, B10, as the house is known, will be deconstructed and 100 percent recycled or rebuilt elsewhere.

The everyday functions of the home, such as opening blinds, turning on lights and controlling appliances can be done remotely by a mobile app that learns which behaviors operate the house most efficiently. MHProNews has been informed data regarding energy generation and consumption is continuously gathered over the life of the project, and evaluated at the University of Stuttgart.

Currently the house is being used as an office, and while not all the functions are operative, alphaEOS, one of the companies involved in the project, says it is all within grasp, according to Knowlton Thomas, editor of Canada’s techvibes. The house is generating a surplus of energy, and during the second phase, two students will live in the home.

If the project succeeds as anticipated and the homes become mainstream, options regarding floor plans, size, colors, textures, etc. will be open to customization. ##

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Top Ten for Manufactured Home Living News

October 19th, 2014 Comments off

modern-manufactured-home-living-mhlivingnews-daily-business-news-mhpronews-The number 1 source for visitors, per Webalizer, on the new Manufactured Home Living News are from the U.S.. That should be obvious, but what makes up the next 10?

The pace of traffic on the site is accelerating.  With over a million visits – and millions more ‘hits’ (or page views) – in the first year of the new site –  where in the world are the rest of the virtual visits coming from?

Readers from about 120 nations monthly visit

So the top ten – after the U.S. – list below speaks volumes. For the month of October, as of 19-Oct-2014 08:01 EDT.

  • Russian Federation
  • China
  • Brazil
  • European Union
  • Non-Profit (org)
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Ukraine
  • US Government (gov)
  • Australia

Manufactured and modular homes are of keen interest world-wide. Some of these nations reflect investors or researchers (we know, because they touch base with


So why are there more people in the Ukraine interested in modern manufactured home living in the U.S. than the U.S. Government is?

Why are many times more non-profits interested in manufactured housing than the U.S. government? ##

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Thailand Firm Building Modular Homes

May 2nd, 2013 Comments off

TheNation reports the Stwo Group of Thailand will open a factory in Rangsit, Thailand in five months to manufacture modular homes and buildings following a 30 percent growth in residential development. Prerapat Srisakulpinyo, CEO of Stwo, says, “We expect to sell about 100 Aidol MYH-branded houses and buildings constructed under the modular system this year. Between 300 and 500 modular houses and buildings will be sold to our customers over three to five years.” Using technology from Germany, the new baht 150 million ($5.10 million) facility will employ 200, and the company hopes to expand its reach into neighboring countries in three years. MHProNews has learned Stwo also manufactures a full range of furnishings for the homes.

(Photo credit: aroundguides–dragon wrapped around building in Rangsit, Thailand)

High Income Residences for Low Income Residents

October 26th, 2012 Comments off

Philly reports low-income housing in a section of Philadelphia called Logan rivals high-income housing elsewhere. The three modular rowhouses are stylish and modern, and among the most energy efficient homes anywhere, with solar paneled roofs that reduce the energy consumption level to near zero, crucial for the poorest of the poor who will be living there. Developed by Onion Flats, the homes are the first in Pennsylvania to be certified by the Germany-based International Passive House Institute because their energy consumption is near zero. Stuffed with insulation and outfitted with Bosch appliances and European windows, a heat exchanger maintains a comfortable temperature inside the homes. Partnering with the nonprofit Raise of Hope, Onion Flats  set 25-foot deep piers to stabilize the modules because of Logan’s shifting soil. Costing $250,000 apiece, the five-bedroom homes will be occupied by families with incomes below $25,000 annually, MHProNews has been informed.

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Toxic Chinese Drywall Suit Plasters Miami Court

October 27th, 2011 2 comments

Following up on a story we initially published March 17, 2011, MiamiHerald reports a multitude of homeowners in South Florida have filed separate legal claims against a German producer of Chinese drywall and the local distributor, alleging the drywall contains toxins that can cause breathing problems, emit foul odors, and cause corrosion of pipes and electrical wires. In Miami-Dade County Court, lawyers are asking for punitive damages from the Germany-based Knauf and its partner, Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co., saying they knew it was defective but continued selling millions of sheets of Chinese drywall during the housing boom and following Hurricane Katrina. “They engaged in conduct that endangered every American consumer that had defective drywall,” said Miami Beach attorney Victor Diaz, comparing the drywall to a “ticking time bomb.” “They concealed it from the American consuming public in order to protect their financial interests.” Circuit Judge Joseph Farina said all plaintiffs may be entitled to punitive damages, but each case will have to be heard on its own burden of proof. Knauf’s attorney said the company “has always acted honestly and in good faith with respect to drywall it sold in the United States.” In addition, thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Banner Supply Company, the local distributor, alleging they knew the drywall was defective but sold it anyhow. “While it may be easiest to pursue a small, Florida-based company rather than focus on the German conglomerate that manufactured the defective drywall, the fact remains that Banner Supply didn’t create the problem drywall,” said Banner attorney Michael Peterson. Banner has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Knauf, and has also agreed to a $54.5 million settlement with over 3,000 homeowners. Some homeowners have chosen to pursue Banner on their own.

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