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Manufactured Housing Community Helps to House Students

April 28th, 2017 Comments off

Inside of the Troy Villages homes. Credit: Troy Village.

As the messages about the quality, affordability and efficiency of manufactured housing continues to make its way into the mainstream, more and more groups are taking a deeper look.

That also goes for colleges and universities.

According to TropNews, Troy Villages at Walnut Creek, which provides off campus housing for Troy University in Troy, Alabama, is already utilizing manufactured homes to help with the flood of students looking for housing due to Troy’s increasing enrollments.

The university has the capacity to house 2,348 students in its residence halls, including in the fraternity and sorority houses,” said Sara Jo Burks, assistant director of housing and residence life.

We have not started the wait list for returning students. We won’t start that until the first week of May.”

And Troy Villages is preparing to fill that gap.

We prepared to buy 100 mobile homes [sic] if necessary,” said Todd Swindall, co-owner of Troy Villages.

We currently have several new mobile homes [sic] but have space for at least 50 more mobile homes [sic] without issue. We are prepared to house as many students as we can. We are not limited to how many mobile homes [sic] we can put in.”


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Co-Owner Brad Jones agrees, and says the plan is to continue to grow the community as more students become interested.

We just wanted to do so much more,” said Jones. “We saw this as an opportunity to work with the university to help students.”

Swindall says that all of the homes are being bought new and are fully furnished.

Monthly rates for the homes range from $325 per month for shared rooms, to $500 for single rooms. All rents include water, power, sewage, internet, cable, garbage pickup and lawn care, in addition to a CrossFit Gym and a soccer field.


The Solution, Hiding in Plain Sight


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The Daily Business NewsMHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the case for manufactured housing as a viable solution to hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price extensively, including Bloomberg making a statement to the same effect.

The ability to significantly cut down on production time, provide a high quality product to federal standards, all at a lower price point serves as the ideal solution to inventory and housing challenges. The titans of business recognize the opportunity as well, as giants and independents alike are actually “doubling down” on the industry.

ELS Chairman Sam Zell has been famously quoted as correcting misconceptions about the industry, saying during this interview, “Everyone calls them trailer parks. Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.

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 Building Helps Native American First Nations Solve Housing Challenges

January 11th, 2017 Comments off

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For many among the member of the “First Nations” in Canada, quality affordable housing is a persistent challenge. The Yale First Nation in British Columbia knows this all too well, having to work to provide housing that meets the challenge of standing up to cold weather without being too expensive.

According to The Tyee, the Yale Nation receives a maximum of $169,000 from the federal government to build a house. That’s enough for a single-family, wood-frame house or, as Yale First Nation Chief Ken Hansen calls them, “B.C. box houses.

These homes can take six to 12 months to complete, and with frequent rains delays even though the homes meet basic code structure, their quality often leads to challenges including mold.

These challenges led the Yale Nation to Britco, a Langley, British Columbia-based modular building company.

Yale contracted with the company to build 10 two-bedroom modular units in a pair of buildings that meet high-efficiency “Passive House” design requirements.

For us, the appeal was not only are we being environmentally conscious, which is very important to our chief and council,” said Crystal Sedore, housing manager for the Yale First Nation.

But also to build housing that is beyond minimal acceptable standards. We want something better, and our membership deserves better.

Passive House homes are designed to be so energy-efficient that they are able to stay warm at 62 degrees with residents’ body heat, energy from the sun, and by turning on the lights.

Passive Housing relies on strict construction standards and material specifications to ensure as little heat seepage as possible, and housing can be completed in 30 days.

Britco says that their previous Passive House project, located in Bella Bella, B.C., takes as much energy to heat on the coldest day of the year as turning on six 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.

For the Yale Nation, that means cost savings.


Modular units in progress. Credit: The Tyee.

We’re looking at hydro bills estimated to be $10 to $20 a month for heating and electricity” in these new units,” Sedore said.

Yale says it will track the units energy use and share the data, providing a valuable test case for modular Passive House designs in other communities, regardless of whether or not they’re Indigenous.

I’m hoping to lead by example,” said Chief Hansen. ##

(Editor’s Note: The Daily Business News has covered a number of First Nation stories, including the Kashechewan First Nation returning to their land, with new modular housing to welcome them. That story is linked here.)

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