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Down Under Modular First to Rise Up

July 30th, 2012 Comments off

Daily Mercury reports from Sydney, Australia a modular house called HOUSE2.0 unfolds out of a box and can be set up within a week ready for the furniture to be brought in. Tektum managing director Nicolas Perren says a developer in Mackay in New South Wales (NSW) has expressed interest in siting 39 of the houses. MHProNews has learned the two package home is 80% complete when it leaves the factory in Gosford, and it’s the first of its kind erected in Australia.

(Photo credit: Daily Mercury/Lee Constable–co-managing director David Hartigan)

Multifamily Project gets Green Light

July 11th, 2012 Comments off

Harking back to a story we published June 8, 2012, the Milford, Connecticut Planning and Zoning Board approved plans for a 36-unit multifamily development after receiving a report from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), as well as the city’s health department, that development of the site posed no health risk to nearby or future residents. As ctbulletin tells MHProNews.com, residents of nearby Ryder Woods Mobile Home Park had expressed concern that mercury contamination from previous occupants of the site posed a danger, and that development of a nearby MHC would further stir up the contaminant. An environmental consultant developer Garden Homes Management brought to a previous meeting had said mercury levels did not pose a hazard to residents.

(Photo credit: TriStar Estates)

Aussie Modular for Residential or Industrial Housing

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

Daily Mercury reports from Australia, housing solutions company Tektum has developed a modular house with two to four bedrooms, 80% complete when it leaves the factory in one and one half standard shipping containers, and occupancy-ready within several days. The homes feature solar water heating, double-glazed windows, rain water recycling and compact fluorescent lighting. Sydney-based Tektum also offers a mine accommodation option that divides the home into three units, attracting attention from coal mining companies seeking better accommodations for their employees. MHProNews has learned the modular homes have earned a six-star NatHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) rating, similar to LEED certification.

(Photo credit: Daily Mercury/Tektum)

Affordable Housing Project put on Hold

June 8th, 2012 Comments off

Following up on a story we posted June 5, 2012, ctbulletin reports the Milford, Connecticut Planning and Zoning board delayed a vote regarding Garden Homes Management proposal for a 36-unit affordable housing project near Ryder Woods Mobile Home Park, and another MHC currently under construction. A Ryder Woods resident insists there is mercury contamination that will become worse with the new development. In 2005 three former florescent light bulb manufacturers were ordered to clean up mercury contamination at the site and pay an $857,000 fine. Garden Homes brought several speakers to the meeting, including an environmental consultant who said mercury levels were below the maximum allowed by state law.The city’s health department will review tests conduced at the site. MHProNews.com has learned Ryder Woods is owned by the residents.

(Photo credit: Tri-Star Estates MHC)