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Housing Made of non-Biodegradable Plastic

April 11th, 2016 1 comment

pakistan___operationpakistan.wordpress__credit___bldg_made_of_non_biodegradable_plasticAn NGO (non-governmental organization) set up by Nargis Latif in Pakistan recycles non-biodegradable plastic for making temporary shelters or housing units. Gul Bahao ( “Pour or spread the roses.” ) represents a low cost alternative to tents and other prefabricated housing units, according to what operationpakistan.wordpress tells MHProNews.

The plastic waste is collected in Karachi where it is made into blocks. The silver coating reflects sunlight, keeping the interior cool. Uses include warehouses, exhibition space, marriage halls, farm houses, mobile camps, labor housing, and emergency housing in cases of earthquakes and floods.

Lfatif said she has not received any assistance from the government in the 22 years she has been making these units, only assistance from those who see the benefit of this low level technology.

While these shelters have withstood the test of harsh conditions, more money is needed for further research and development. ##

(Photo credit:operationpakistan.wordpress–building made of non-biodegradable plastic)

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comArticle submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.

Project Replaces Aging Dwellings with New Manufactured Homes

November 4th, 2013 Comments off

Following a story MHProNews published Oct. 24, 2013 regarding a pilot project to replace ten aging factory-built homes with new energy efficient manufactured homes in Vermont, realestaterama reports the occupants will see an immediate 70 percent reduction in their energy costs. The new dwellings feature triple pane windows, heat recovery ventilation systems, high levels of insulation and improved air quality due to the lack of chemicals in the materials. Funders are providing purchase subsidies with down payment assistance through Champlain Housing Trust and the Addison County Community Trust. The homes are being built by the Vermont Manufactured Housing Innovation Project, a pilot collaboration led by the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, Efficiency Vermont, the High Meadows Fund and others. Tropical Storm Irene damaged or destroyed a disproportionate number of factory-built homes. “This project puts Vermont on the leading edge of the market transformation to truly resilient and affordable housing,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin. “Buyers need more options, and this is the first step in changing the conversation about what is possible in the manufactured housing market.”

(Photo credit: Anne Ones–Tuscon AZ Habitat for Humanity)

Modular Homes to West, Tex? The City Hopes

July 10th, 2013 Comments off

Bringing modular homes into West, Tex. to people displaced by the April 17, 2013 explosion will cost $10,000 each, which does not include hooking up to utilities. The forty units, as MHProNews reported June 11, 2013, would house two families apiece, but will be available only to residents who are rebuilding for two years. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declined to bring in temporary housing, saying there are sufficient rentals available in the West area. The county can provide manpower and equipment to install the homes, but neither it nor the city has funds to transport the modular units from Killeen, Tex. to West, the wacotrib reports. The city’s Long-Term Recovery Committee Executive Director Karen Bernsen says she wants to bring the residents back closer to where they are rebuilding their homes, and intends to file for state and federal assistance to transport the homes.

(Photo credit: merchantcircle–modular home being sited)

A Prefab Grows in Brooklyn, p.2

December 18th, 2012 Comments off

As MHProNews has learned from theatlanticcities, each of the modules is 14 feet wide X 35 feet long and 10 feet high, and include floors, electricity, plumbing, walls, kitchens and bathrooms, the basis for the 363 apartments. The strong construction unions in New York City initially opposed the project because it requires fewer workers than a comparable site-built building, but then agreed to accept union wages for the workers building the modules inside the plant.

Photo credit: SHoP Architects)

Fed Housing Involvement Will Remain

October 18th, 2012 Comments off

Despite calls by analysts and policy makers following the recent crash to get the government out of the housing business, Kerri Ann Panchuk of HousingWire says the GSEs still account for 85-95% of the outstanding mortgage loans, securitized and unsecuritized. Plus there is a myriad of programs to help homebuyers—Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP), federal block grants, other refinance programs, etc.–that are in direct contrast to The Treasury saying it wanted a mortgage finance system supported by more private capital. Doug Duncan, chief economist for Fannie Mae, says private capital does not see clarity in the new system, and that uncertainty will keep investors away. As MHProNews has learned, government will remain involved for the foreseeable future.

(Image credit: Federal Housing Administration)

Equity LifeStyle Properties Declares Dividend

September 18th, 2012 Comments off

menafn says MHC owner Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (ELS) declares all shareholders of its 8.034% series A cumulative redeemable perpetual preferred stock will receive a redemption notice entitling them to receive $25 per share for outstanding shares as of Oct. 18, 2012. In addition, shareholders will receive 0.094846 in unpaid and accumulated distributions per share. Distributions will cease to accrue after Oct. 18, 2012, except to receive payment of the aggregate redemption price. MHProNews knows ELS is the largest MHC owner in North America with over 141,000 home sites in more than 380 communities. ELS lost -0.01% in trading today to close at 70.04.

(Image credit: Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.)