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Nation Seeks Affordable Housing Solutions, Looks to Modular

March 22nd, 2017 Comments off

The delegation from Borneo. Credit: Borneo Today.

In its search for affordable housing solutions, representatives from the island of Borneo, which includes the nations of Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia, arrived in China this week to discuss potential options.

According to Borneo Today, a delegation from the Ministry of Housing and Urbanization, and Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (SHEDA) has been tasked with searching for housing solutions, and their trip will include visits to several housing-related government bodies in China, as well as factories and production sites of several companies specializing in affordable housing solutions.

China has done a lot for their public housing sector and I hope we can adopt some of their knowledge from this trip. That is the purpose of this trip and I hope we can work together with them and learn from their experience,” said Urbanization Assistant Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip.


Borneo (red marker). Credit: Google.

For the representatives from SHEDA, they have a particular interest in what can be done with factory-built homes.

We hope to learn from China the cost saving process and see the production of prefabricated modular building system in their factories. We hope to source for alternative affordable housing solutions that may enhance the variety of housing in Sarawak,” said SHEDA Kuching chairman Dr Christopher Ngui.

This study visit may provide us with the opportunity to do so and if we can successfully incorporate the technology into our housing developments, there is little doubt in my mind that the affordable housing situation in Sarawak will improve on the whole.

The delegation is scheduled to visit the Hong Kong Urban Renewal Authority (URA) to learn more about how the government agency has managed to revive dilapidated urban areas.

It also plans a visit to the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HKHA), which operates citizen home ownership and private sector participation programs.

While in Mainland China, the delegation is scheduled to visit several factories and sites of prominent prefabricated housing system manufacturers, as well as a briefing on housing and city planning by the Qingdao Municipal Government.

The group also expects to sign a number of agreements with manufacturers during the visit.

For more on nations around the world exploring modular housing, including British insurance giant Legal & General making moves building and lending, click here. ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.

Plug-In Modular Homes

April 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Modular shipping containers comprise the Hive-Inn hotel concept designed by Hong Kong architects at OVA Studio, and each module can be removed without disturbing the surrounding rooms. As the photo shows, the concept presents valuable branding opportunities, which would allow a fan to stay in a Lexus suite or a Grey Goose vodka room that would each have the interior sensibility and aesthetic of the brand. As the term of the brand expires, the exterior will have a new look, as says. Inserted like a plug-in, the architects envision the idea useful in emergency and medical situations, as well as for offices and apartments. As observes, take your modular home with you when you move. ##

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Modular Builder Offers Affordable Quick-ship Dwellings

November 22nd, 2013 Comments off

Affordable Housing International (AHI) of Hong Kong is offering modular units shipped from China in one to four-bedroom models that can be stacked for a four-story apartment building, made into single-family homes, duplexes and row houses as well.. The STELETE houses offer foam insulated concrete cores that provide 20 times better insulation than regular concrete blocks and ten times faster construction than on site building. informs MHProNews four unskilled men can complete assembly of one house per week, and the factory can ship 1,000 units per month. Touting the product as ideal affordable housing for emerging markets, AHI says the structures start at $15,000 each. The company has ongoing projects in South America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

(Photo credit: RW—concrete modular)

A New Meaning for “Tight Squeeze”

March 1st, 2013 Comments off tells MHProNews 100,000 people in Hong Kong live in tiny cubicles, about the size of a large closet in the U.S., but tall. Home prices are 12.6 times the average median income, resulting in the government subsidizing nearly half of the population’s housing.  The Society for Community Organization in Hong Kong commissioned these photographs, looking down from above.

(Photo credit: for Community Organization–top photo: family of four share a home; bottom photo: three people share a meal.)