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Details Emerging on Amazon’s Plans for Plant PreFab Modular Home Investment

November 26th, 2018 Comments off

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It’s a huge business opportunity. With more than 600,000 new homes sold in the U.S. alone last year, there are billions of dollars to be made by anyone who can get a head start in dragging the industry into the tech age — something Amazon has accomplished in multiple businesses,” wrote the LA Times Aurora Percannella for the Herald Courier.

 

The niche that Plant Prefab is custom houses for the urban market. Amazon believes Alexa will be at home there.

 

 

The video interview and tour of the Plant Prefab production center reveals that they currently plan to target custom projects, as opposed to high volume building.

 

Prefab is a form of technology used across the industry to some extent, and it’s increasingly looked at as we face affordability issues and labor shortages,” David Kaiserman, president of Lennar Ventures said.

Kaiserman noted that Lennar already prefabricates roof and wall components in the builders on-site construction.  He also stated that Amazon approached Lennar about creating housing that work with Alexa seamless, without dead spots.

The infrastructure is super-critical,” said Kaiserman, per Percannella, noting that the Lennar unit leader expressed no surprise over Amazon’s investment in Plant Prefab.

Earlier this year, the video page above noted that Amazon announced its first ever foray into the home-building industry with an investment in Plant Prefab.  While that may be true in a strict sense, Amazon has been involved in selling container housing for at least a year, as the Daily Business News on MHProNews noted last year.

Plant Prefab is also targeting the ADU – Accessory Dwelling Unit, back yard housing – market.  ICYMI, see that related report, linked below.

 

YIMBY, Amazon backed Plant Prefab Introducing ADUs, Product Video

 

Those 400 square foot Plant Prefab ADU’s will go for about $160,000, with one bedroom, one bathroom. But the firm says on a larger home that a couple bought, they shaved months of their delivery time line, and saved $80,000 off the cost of conventional on-site building.

Real estate economist Gerd-Ulf Krueger states their business model is likely what attracted Amazon. “It’s a test to see if the model can actually bring down prices in cities with housing shortages,” Krueger said.

MHProNews will continue to monitor operations like Amazon, Katera and others that are expanding their reach in the potentially huge factory-built housing sector. That’s tonight’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Sunday Morning Manufactured Home Industry Research, Reports, Headline News Recap 5.13.2018 to 5.20.2018

May 20th, 2018 Comments off

Trivia – the tablet screen shot above is routinely how the MHProNews home page looked on that Sunday morning.

What does “News through the lens of factory-built housing.” © mean?

 

It’s a fair question asked by a reader.

You can get news anywhere.  You can get opinions anywhere.

MHProNews provides news, analysis and commentary on curated topics that are useful to the factory-built housing industry’s professionals. Dictionary says “curate” means – “select, organize, and present (online content, merchandise, information, etc.), typically using professional or expert knowledge.”

In conversations and messages with media, researchers, and others who are scoping out the industry, they may know X about their field, but they still need an expert in the manufactured housing world.

Subjects for reports on MHProNews are selected because they impact our industry in direct, or indirect ways – or a combination of both. So, those curated subjects presented in the Daily Business News, the Masthead, etc. ought to matter to manufactured housing professionals, owners and investors.  The same applies for the broader factory-built housing industry (modular, prefab, etc.)

That said:

  • But what if you don’t care about national or industry politics?
  • Or what if you don’t care about technology issues, and how that impacts MH?
  • Or what if you don’t care about marketing or sales?
  • Or what if you don’t care about legal issues?
  • Or what if you don’t care about stocks and the market reports?

First, you should.  But let’s pick just one of these – the evening market report – and ponder that for a moment to make the broader point. Let’s say for discussion sake that you don’t invest in stocks.  Should you look anyway?

Absolutely.

MHProNews has selected over a dozen manufactured home industry connected stocks across an array of products and services. Those stocks value and movements are reflected after the “closing bell.” That final graphic on the nightly market report shows you trends over the year.

Looking at that stock trend line alone has value!  It informs readers about the movements of the stocks of allies or competitors.  It also tells you broader industry tendencies, or at least how investors are viewing them as an option to consider against all others.  Also, the Daily Business News nightly market report has a feature that may indirectly relate to the market, but directly relates to other issues that are meaningful to manufactured housing.

 

Tops for a Reason

MHProNews is the most respected, and the most read trade publication in the industry. Some say, were are also the most “dreaded” publication in the industry, because no one wants to be caught doing- or avoiding-something they should be doing differently.

That’s fine, but none of that means we are perfect. If you see something you think is awry, please do say something.

We put out a lot of content, which we strive to be evidence-based, and factually correct. But for example, there will be some typos. Even the major media outlets have that, with all of their editors and proof writers.

In our relatively small manufactured home industry – compared to mainstream housing – being the best and striving for improvement are worthy goals.

Daily reader feedback plus third-party metrics are useful and necessary gauges on how we’re doing in serving your needs.

It’s the quality of our news, analysis, and commentary that has caused thousands to follow our twice weekly headline-news emails.  You and your colleagues can sign up for those free here or at the end of this column, below.

 

MSM and Industry Professionals

Some mainstream media (MSM) stories are just fine as far as insightful reports that accurately reflect some reality.  Others, not so much.

When a story is covered by mainstream media (MSM), we may select a noteworthy issue for analysis for our ever-growing audience of readers.

What you’ll find in our reports are insights that others missed, downplayed, or may have spun to fit an agenda.  Evidence-based analysis will help professionals when that occurs.

 

Controversial

Some have noted that we’ve become more controversial. Okay, that’s fair enough.

But it is never a case of controversy for its own sake.

The manufactured home (MH) industry must be honest with itself.

The industry faces internal and external challenges at a time that manufactured housing ought to be selling 5 to 10 times more new HUD Code home shipments.

BTW, we’re not knocking those who are cheerleaders or mouth-pieces for

  • so-called leaders who have been working for years, with
  • said ‘leaders’ being those who are spending millions of dollars annually,
  • and have failed to achieve their own claimed objectives. Sad.
  • They cheerleaders have an audience. Good for them. But the fact that their readership and engagement are far smaller than ours says a lot, doesn’t it?
  • We appear to provide more relevant, curated content in about a week than all competitors combined do in roughly a month. 
  • Many subjects you will learn about only here. These last three bullets says it all.

In business, if you fail to perform, sooner or later, you’re out. Cheerleading is pleasant. But if you are a cancer patient, are you going to seek advice from the cheer-leader or from a specialist?

We “prefer to keep it positive,” as one industry blogger told us recently.  Understood.  But isn’t that like saying they’re ignoring all the troubling realities that keep the industry from growing?

Remember this quote. “If pretty pictures, great videos, or even 3D tech were all that the industry needed to thrive, then manufactured housing would be at a million new HUD Code home shipments a year, vs. hovering around a projected 100,000 new homes for 2018.”

America needs 8.3 million affordable housing units, as MHProNews has often reported.

The man who said that has also observed that “The MH industry will only achieve its goals by getting to and resolving its core issues.”  Current ‘leadership’ has arguably failed at that so badly, they won’t even publicly debate or discuss their effectiveness. That too says a lot, doesn’t it?

 

Cancer and Manufactured Housing

The affordable housing crisis is a cancer that costs the nation about $2 trillion dollars in lost productivity a year. Again, not knocking anyone else, but the industry learned that by reading MHProNews, not on some cheerleading blog or ezine somewhere else in HUDVille.

The only way to understand our industry’s potential – and then move responsibly toward those opportunities – is to have facts, evidence, and then look at them square in the eye.

A growing number of mainstream media and others have picked up on one of our mantras, that ‘manufactured housing is the solution for the affordable housing crisis that’s been hiding in plain sight.’

That crisis of America – and our industry – won’t be solved by doing what’s been done the same way for years.  We’re optimistic, but the optimist still grabs an umbrella when it rains.

Each article, each topic is selected to shed some light on facts, issues, or trends that can help lead manufactured housing back to its glory day levels, and beyond.

The manufactured home industry can climb to new records in a sustainable, ethical fashion.

That’s what News through the lens of factory-built housing.” © means.

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With no further adieu, here are this week’s headline’s in review.  Ponder, learn, feedback is welcome, and we sincerely hope that you, yours, and all will benefit and be blessed.

 

This month’s Featured Articles and Interviews

http://mhpronews.com/featured-articles/may-2018

 

What’s New on the Masthead

Anti-MH Industry MHAction Protesters Have Struck Manufactured Housing Again, and Again

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

Evolutionary American Dream, from Tiny Trailer Houses, Mobile Homes, to “Amazing” Modern Manufactured Homes

What’s New on the Daily Business News

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Saturday 5.19.2018

Chairman Hensarling, Fannie Mae’s Latest “Backdoor Schemes,” Illegalities? MH Connections, Implications

Chairman Hensarling, Fannie Mae’s Latest “Backdoor Schemes,” Illegalities? MH Connections, Implications

 

Friday 5.18.2018

“I Love Capitalism!” Home Depot Co-Founder Ken Langone to Millennials, Others – Plus MH Market Updates

Senator Tim Scott, Rep. Erik Paulsen – Overlooked Part of Tax Reform, Plus New Credit Plan for ALL Housing, Including Manufactured Homes

Senator Tim Scott, Rep. Erik Paulsen – Overlooked Part of Tax Reform, Plus New Credit Plan for ALL Housing, Including Manufactured Homes

House Financial Services Report to MHProNews – Overview of Homelessness in America

President Trump – “Bigger than Watergate,” “We Need Accountability” – National, MH Industry Impacts

President Trump – “Bigger than Watergate,” “We Need Accountability” – National, MH Industry Impacts

 

Thursday 5.17.2018

“Big Tech Lies,” “You’re the Product,” Consider “Breaking Them Up” says Apple Co-Founder, Steve Wozniak – Plus Manufactured Housing Industry Market Updates

“Big Tech Lies,” “You’re the Product,” Consider “Breaking Them Up” says Apple Co-Founder, Steve Wozniak – Plus Manufactured Housing Industry Market Updates

It’s a Revolution – $300 Million Deal Inked for 1,000 PreFabs

It’s a Revolution – $300 Million Deal Inked for 1,000 PreFabs

“Political Necrophilia,” Tragedy in SloMo, Southern Economic Political Lessons for Looming U.S. Midterms

Who will replace Pam Danner at HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs?

Who will replace Pam Danner at HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs?

 

Wednesday 5.16.2018

Canadian and American Financial and Banking Systems Compared, Infographic

Canadian and American Financial and Banking Systems Compared, Infographic

US Manufacturers Roar, Hiring More, Paying More, Thanks to Tax Reform – Plus Manufactured Housing Connected Stocks, Investment Updates

Fatal Clayton Homes Maynardville Accident Fined, RIP Keith Tucker West Jr. of Hoyle’s Tire & Axle

Fatal Clayton Homes Maynardville Accident Fined, RIP Keith Tucker West Jr. of Hoyle’s Tire & Axle

Ben Shapiro Nails It on Taxes, Regulations, and Affordable Housing – Under 2 Minute Video Must View for MH Industry Pros

Ben Shapiro Nails It on Taxes, Regulations, and Affordable Housing – Under 2 Minute Video Must View for MH Industry Pros

 

Tuesday 5.15.2018

Michigan Rising Shipments, Home to Nine of Top 50 Largest Manufactured Home Community Owner-Operators

Seattle’s Assault on Amazon, Bigger Businesses Passes Affordable Housing Tax, Plus MH Market Updates

21% of Americans have no Retirement Savings, and Manufactured Housing

21% of Americans have no Retirement Savings, and Manufactured Housing

Spencer Roane w/Southeast Community Owners (SECO), Praises Tom Lackey, Accused of Rent-to-Own Manufactured Home Sales Improprieties

Spencer Roane w/Southeast Community Owners (SECO), Praises Tom Lackey, Accused of Rent-to-Own Manufactured Home Sales Improprieties

 

Monday 5.14.2018

After Tax Cut$, U.S. Records Largest Budget Surplus, Plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

After Tax Cut$, U.S. Records Largest Budget Surplus, Plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

“Audit the Algorithm!” – Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook and Google Monopoly – Manufactured Housing Marketers Notice

“Audit the Algorithm!” – Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook and Google Monopoly – Manufactured Housing Marketers Notice

That’s a Bear on a Roof in MHC Up There, Causing a Scare

Is it Better to Be Candid, or a Kiss-Up? Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sales, Marketing Meeting

Is it Better to Be Candid, or a Kiss-Up? Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sales, Marketing Meeting

 

Sunday 5.13.2018

Sunday Morning Manufactured Housing Industry Research, Reports, Headline News Recap 5.6.2018 to 5.13.2018

Sunday Morning Manufactured Housing Industry Research, Reports, Headline News Recap 5.6.2018 to 5.13.2018

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Power of Pushback, Spotlighting – “Controversial” Modular Home Placement Reversed

October 19th, 2017 Comments off

PushbackDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe latest twist in the story of a modular home that was going to be forced out of a development took an interesting turn.  To understand the issue, Daily Business News readers will recall the factory-built housing industry’s most complete report, linked here.

What looked like a sad win for NIMBYism, against seemingly any form of off-site home building, has taken a positive turn for the builder and home buyer involved.

How did that happen?

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A Local Letter to the Editor…

A recent letter to the editor of MLivethat latter of which was the primary media source on this controversy – begins, “How sad that the residents of Allendale Township are so resistant to something different that they would belly-ache about a resident having his home built of modular construction.”

Whether they know it or not, a modular home is ‘stick-built’ just as much as the homes they now live in. The only difference is that they were built under the roof of a factory, on a flat surface, where it didn’t get rained or snowed on, and with no wind storms that could rip Tyvek off the exterior walls and shingles off the roof,” wrote Carl De Vries, of nearby Jenison, MI.

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The term ‘modular home’ cannot be confused with the term ‘manufactured homes.’…” Vries stated, ending by chiding the NIMBY-minded locals with, “C’mon Allendale, join the modern age.”

The Rest of the Story…

Sherry Kuyt recaps MLive’s account of the events.  Bullets below were added by MHProNews, but the text is that of Kuyt.

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  • About a week later, Moran was told by the developer, Merwyn Koster, that the home would have to be removed after complaints by neighbors and other builders.
  • But on Oct. 16, Moran announced that his negotiations with the developer had proved successful.

Describing the reversal, Kuyt states, “It is going to stay,” Moran said. “It is set in stone; everything’s signed off.”

He did not explain why the developer changed his mind, and said he did not pay any settlement money to Koster. Koster could not be reached for comment,” MLive’s account stated.

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What the above reflects is that the letter to the editor was published the same day as the published announcement was made.  That makes it unlikely to have influenced the discussion.

But this reversal happened to take place just days after MHProNews published its in-depth look at this issue. It must be noted that other housing industry sources had also spotlighted this issue, and no doubt the parties involved were also in talks.

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The factory-built home, as many industry professionals observed, is residential in appearance and set over a basement, yet the neighbors pushed back.  The original story, linked here, has been reversed within just days of the report being published.

Did spotlighting and push-back have an influence?  At this time, a definitive answer is unknown.

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William Bill Sheffer, Darren Krolewski, Tom Hardeman were among the professionals who sounded off, on the record, on this modular controversy. Within days, the locals changed their decision. Other media also pointed out this same story. Did the array of pushback influence the local decision? See original story, linked here.

What seems obvious is this. “If nothing is challenged, then nothing changes.” – L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

Several factory built housing industry members provided feedback that made the MHProNews article possible – are hereby applauded, and are always valued.

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Your Words Matter: Proper Terminology for Factory Built Homes

August 17th, 2017 Comments off
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A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet,” wrote William Shakespeare. But calling a manufactured home, a ‘trailer’ or other inaccurate terms, has adverse consequences for home owners and the industry. This article is meant as a quick fact-based guide for newcomers, media and public officials. Collage credit, MHProNews.

The terminology [about factory-built housing] matters, because the terminology defines the construction standard.”

– Steve Duke, JD. (3)

Any time you speak or write, using the proper terminology is one of the most important things you can do. Using the wrong term, or an outdated phrase, can make what would have been a bold and powerful statement false or misleading.

This is especially true in the factory-built housing industry, where terms like “mobile home” and “trailer-house” are improperly and often interchangeably used to describe manufactured, modular and other types of prefabricated housing.

The facts are that there have been no “trailer-housesin over 60 years – and no “mobile homesin over 40 years.  That’s been true ever since the “HUD Code” for manufactured homes was put into effect.

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NFPA is one of several organizations outside of manufactured housing that notes the importance of this issue.

As most industry professionals know, the HUD Code is a set of preemptive federal regulations that are overseen by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to which all manufactured homes must be made compliant.

In fact, the HUD Code was something that manufactured home builders and other industry professionals fought to have created, in hopes that it would separate well-built manufactured homes from their older mobile home and trailer-house counterparts for which they are often mistaken.


Manufactured, Modular, Prefab Homes and More, Defined Properly for Industry Professionals

You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” – Daniel Patrick Monaghan

Manufactured Home

A manufactured home is a dwelling built entirely in a factory-setting to the federally preemptive HUD Code construction, energy, and safety standards. The home is transported on its own wheels and chassis to the site where it will be sold, or installed for residential use.  In most cases, once the home is placed, the wheels and axels are removed.  They are not commonly moved from one site to another.  So the term ‘mobile home‘ or ‘trailer house‘ simply doesn’t fit or apply.

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All manufactured homes are moved in one or multiple sections, depending on the size and layout of home. “Single-section” and “multi-section” manufactured homes are the proper term for what most would call a “single-wide”, “double-wide”, or “triple-wide” home.  Manufactured homes, per the U.S. Census Bureau, are about half the cost of conventional construction.

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KMHI”s Betty Whitaker tells those she’s introducing to the industry that the phrase, “manufactured home” describes a building process.

Modular Home

Modular homes are similar to manufactured homes in that they are built in a factory setting. However, modular homes are built to a local building standard. Unlike manufactured homes, a modular home is routinely brought to the building site in modules which are completed on-location.

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Modular Home, Credit, Modular Homeowners.

There are two ways that modular homes are transported from the factory to the building site – either on-frame, or on a flatbed. When modular homes (MODs) are moved on a chassis, similar to the way manufactured homes are transported, the chassis can be removed (though it is not always).

MODs on a chassis are often called ‘HUDulars,’ but that term in a misnomer.  But such modular homes with their own chassis are less expensive to install than those which are crane set.

Unlike HUD Code manufactured homes, modular homes (as well as panelized, prefabricated and other types of factory built housing) are subject to local  or state building codes, similar to ‘stick-built’ homes.  Modular homes are generally lower in cost than site building, but are higher than manufactured homes.

Modular homes can be larger than HUD Code manufactured homes, and may come in “two box,” or more modules – with some dwellings made up of “ten boxes” or more.

Panelized Home

A panelized home is similar to a modular home in some ways. The panels and components are built in a factory, and are finished at the home-site.  But as their name implies, they are not full modules.

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Once the panels are finished, they are moved to the building site, where they are assembled one panel at a time, using a crane. Since much of the electrical, plumbing, cabinets, carpets and more are all installed after the home is set-up at the building site, the cost is higher than other prefabricated housing, often closer in price to that of a traditional site-built home.

Prefabricated Home

The term prefabricated or prefab home is a generalized term that accounts for all types of factory built housing. Meaning all manufactured, modular and panelized homes are prefabricated.  Some use the term ‘factory built housing,’ which is similar to the term ‘prefab’ home.

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Tiny Home

A fairly recent housing trend is the so-called “tiny house.” Tiny houses are unique in the fact that they are often 100-400 square feet. They can be built to be mobile, and in those cases often resemble the mobile homes and trailer-houses of the past.  So some tiny houses are meant to move, others are tiny modular homes.

But many of the tiny houses are built to no code at all, which has led to legal woes for their owners. They are often not financeable.  So those who equate tiny houses with a manufactured home are mistaken.

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Tiny Home, Credit, Country Living.

Presently, tiny homes are in a similar position that mobile homes were in before the HUD Code was put into action.  While currently unregulated, there is some effort underway to bring them into compliance with a site-built construction code, such as the IRC.

3D Printed Home

3D Printing is going to make big changes to the way we live in the future – and the manner in which manufactured and other factory built homes are made. While commercially available 3D printed houses are probably still 5-10 years or so into the future according to some experts, there has been at least one constructed so far.

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3D printed houses may evolve into one of the more cost-effective forms of construction in the foreseeable future. A start-up in San Francisco proved this point when they built an entirely 3D printed house in less than 24 hours.  Many nations are testing 3D printed housing, as the video below demonstrates.


Container Home

Container homes are similar to tiny homes when it comes to size.  They are often made out of repurposed shipping containers. Shipping containers are often only used once because of how inexpensive they are to produce in comparison to shipping them back and forth – which has created an abundance of unused shipping containers.

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Container Home, Credit, Building Container Homes.

A part of the “green” movement, container housing is surprisingly affordable, and makes a great option for emergency shelters, and low-cost efficient homes.

RV – Recreational Vehicle

RV’s or Recreational Vehicles, while most are not technically meant to be lived in full time, and are at times confused with “mobile homes” or manufactured housing. They are generally no more than 400 square feet on the inside.  They are often built to the ANSI or other code.  They are not built to the HUD Code for manufactured homes.

 

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Recreational Vehicle (RV), Credit, Moose Crossing RV.

Technically, “park model” model homes are often RVs, though they aren’t designed to be moved often.

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Champion Homebuilders, Park Model. Credits: Champion Homebuilders, MarketWire.

Prefabricated Housing, Why Proper Terminology Matters

In the factory built housing industry proper terminology is important because it separates the modern manufactured home from the mobile homes and trailer-houses of the past.

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Anecodtale evidence suggests that the wrong terminology impacts price. But it also impacts people’s emotions, see the poet who rejected the use of the t-word with regard to her home, by clicking here.  HUD’s PD&R documented that a manufactured home can appreciate side-by-side with conventional housing, which also rose in value.  See that report, linked here

Separating the truth from the myths is important in a misunderstood industry – and that effort can be made by anyone who works with or lives in a factory built home, simply by using the proper terminology, and spreading the truths that these homes are generally more durable than a site-built home, and are home to people of all walks of life, even millionaires.

How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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Flashback Report – Urban Factory-Home Building Project, What It Could Mean Today

July 1st, 2017 Comments off

Able+AbleFactoryBuiltHomeModularManufacturedHousingDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsIt was the early 1970s. 

Then – as now – affordable housing was an issue. 

Then as now, quality, affordable homes were needed in urban settings — not just in land-lease communities.  Nor limited to scattered, rural homesites.

The home in the featured photo above was reportedly produced in Elkhart, IN.  It was back in the days when Indiana was the predominate pre-HUD Code, mobile and modular home capital of the U.S.

Some 46 years after the home in this photo was built, it’s still standing tall.  It looks as good or better than on-site built homes in that neighborhood built during the same era.  The home stands with others as a proud part of a well-known metropolitan American city.

A local savings and loan financed these homes much like any other.

The homes gained in value, perhaps better than others.

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MHLivingNews plans an exclusive video interview with an entrepreneurial member of a father-son team that placed and sold dozens of these homes…

…until the ‘powers that be’ reportedly stopped the successful project. 

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This family was ready, willing and able to do what was needed. They were succeeding. Then, the powers that be disrupted their flowering project. Their compelling story is coming…stay tuned.

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NoHA Engineer Claims Revolutionary Home Concept, But Key Details Are Missing

December 21st, 2016 Comments off
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This is an interesting project concept, however key details have not been provided as of press time.  Image credit: NoHA Life.

In a press release and video, Richard Perkin expresses what he calls his dream. That dream is for a happier, more exciting, and more “conscious way of life” with no environmental impact. It sounds great, because he says he is quitting his full time engineering job, and then sold his house to focus on it his project.

Its called NoHA Bios, and is on the Kickstarter funding site to further develop the prototype.

The Daily Business News routinely features 3D, prefab and modular concepts from around the globe, to keep systems- and factory-builders up-to-date one what’s trending, or up-and-coming.

But some of these projects lack key details, and that’s the case with NoHA. First, the Daily Business News will review the details from Perkin.  Then, we’ll look at the questions from MHProNews that he did not answer.

The Designer’s Key Claims

The shipping container-sized unit is said to expand to a two story, 800 square foot house with a garden on the roof.  It calls for a set of bespoke brackets to simplify the construction for do it yourself (DIY) assembly, with the rest of the structure comprised of structural timber and standard off-the-shelf materials and components to make it as affordable as possible.

The “not so tiny home,” costs around £16,000 ($19,947 USD) to build, aims to provide a truly independent and sustainable lifestyle, ultimately incorporating water, heating, refrigeration and food production along with waste reduction and recycling.

I had a desire for minimalist surroundings, but would feel claustrophobic in a traditional tiny house – I’m 6’3” tall,” said Perkin.

I wanted water without having to be connected to municipal services. I wanted a way to grow food all year round within arm’s reach. And I wanted ways to recycle all organic waste and to cook and heat with renewable energy sources…and for all of this to be incorporated into a transportable unit.

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Credit: NoHA Life.

As the engineer-turned-architect looks for additional funding, he’s focused on his vision of making his homes available for everyone.

The NoHA BiOS is a living platform designed to challenge the norms, to redefine the idea of a house as a home…a vision to create a spacious, light and airy structure that provides the benefits of mobile living without the limitations of mobile homes, and offers the advantages of traditional static homes without the associated costs and disadvantages,” said Perkin.

My aim is to make the design available to as many people as possible in both, developed and developing countries so that anybody can build it for themselves at minimum costs as most of the structure is made from off the shelf materials and components.

Too Good To Be True? What Facts are Missing? 

Seasoned builders know that the shell of a structure is just part of the total cost.  Beyond the ‘skin’ of a prefabricated design, such as this one, are elements such as labor plus:

  • plumbing,
  • wiring,
  • cabinetry,
  • finish work,
  • floor coverings

and more. As any housing professional who looks objectively at this proposed project will note, none of those bullet items mentioned in any of Perkins’ promotional pieces. When MHProNews contacted Perkins to ask him – are those items priced into this design?

Silence. No replies. Potential investors – caveat emptor.

As one of our tag lines proclaims, We Provide, You Decide.” ©

The Daily Business News has covered the progression of modular and tiny homes recently, including “flat pack” modular homes being presented as a potential solution to the U.K. housing crisis. That story is linked here. ##

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As Cities Zone Out, Industry Pros Ask – are HUD Code Manufactured Homes Discriminated Against?

December 16th, 2016 Comments off

AlamosaCOmanufacturedHome-creditZillow-com-postedManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe HUD Code has de facto become a discrimination code,”  attorney Marty Lavin told MHProNews some months ago.

Lavin – an award-winning expert with decades of manufactured home lending, communities and retailing experience – was pointing to incidents like the one in the Meyersdale Borough Council, near Somerset, Pennsylvania.

The council are moving towards a ban of manufactured homes outside of land-leaes communities, as the Daily American reports.

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The Alamosa, Colorado city council is likewise planning a public hearing next week on a temporary moratorium for manufactured homes in their city.

The Alamosa News reports that City Attorney Erich Schwiesow and City Public Works Director Pat Steenburg explained that the city’s code is unclear regarding pre-HUD mobile, manufactured homes and modular homes, but they are updating the code, a process that Schwiesow is hoping will be completed before May when the moratorium would end.

Homes would still be allowed in manufactured home communities but not in other parts of the city until the code is revised.

Homes that are IRC (International Residential Code) certified would be permitted regardless. That too is a de facto discriminatory act against federally certified HUD Code manufactured housing.

The city’s code currently does not make a clear distinction between mobile homes, manufactured homes and modular homes,” said Schwiesow.

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Would private property installations like the one shown above be prohibited by the growing number of local jurisdictions seeking to limit or ban manufactured homes outside of land-lease communities or specifically zoned MH developments?

The code prohibits ‘mobile homes’ [sic] anywhere in the city except mobile home parks [sic] but does not define ‘mobile home [sic].’”
Schwiesow added that the moratorium would affect a relatively small number of homeowners during that time.

Apparently, Schwiesow and/or the Alamosa News is unaware that there have been no mobile homes built in over 40 years, and that the definitions are defined by federal law.

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Pat Steenburg. Official photo.

Right now the problem is trying to determine mobile home, manufactured home, modular,” Steenburg added.
Steenburg stressed that they city needs to be clear on this subject, and the code update that is underway would accomplish that goal.

Views From the Industry

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Richard Nodel, owner, Nodel Parks, photo credit, LinkedIn.

It is not unprecedented for a city to issue a temporary moratorium on a specific activity while they rewrite a statute,” said Richard Nodel, Owner of Nodel Parks.

That being said, this could just be another case of MH being unfairly restricted. Situations like this is where the state manufactured housing association can be of great help. In many instances the association will present testimony and bring other resources to combat those that are opposing the placement of homes. I would wait to see what the city does in May and then take action if necessary.

These cases underscore the HUD program’s utter failure to fulfill a fundamental purpose of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 — i.e.,”facilitating the availability of affordable manufactured homes … for all Americans” and utilizing enhanced federal preemption under the same law (as well as other tools available to the Department) to prevent communities from either barring HUD-regulated manufactured housing altogether, or unreasonably restricting where today’s high-quality HUD Code homes can be placed,” said attorney Mark Weiss.

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Mark Weiss, MHARR. Photo credit, MHProNews.

Weiss is the president and CEO of Washington, DC based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), which primarily represents the independent producers of HUD Code manufactured Homes.

Weiss said, “While the program has continually ratcheted-up needless regulation, it has sat on its hands when it comes to protecting the basic right of manufactured home owners to live where they wish.” ##

(Editor’s note: a similar incident was reported in the report, linked here.)

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Canadian Modular Home Builder Gains Foothold in African Market

December 13th, 2016 Comments off

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Enerdynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp. (EHT) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada has signed a letter of intent to build 50,000 modular homes in Ivory Coast for military families, according to what Baystreet.ca tells MHProNews.

Maple Leaf Holdings SA, of which EHT is a shareholder, will construct two, three and four bedroom homes utilizing the company’s sustainable Advanced Modular Housing System for Foundation General Akissi, which provides military housing for the government. It is anticipated the homes will be built in 10,000 tranches.

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The Enertec solar energy system consists of cells embedded in the fireproof skin of the roof resulting in a more lightweight product than heavy glass panels and aluminum frames in traditional solar panels, and less expensive as well.

The entire EHT embedded solar roof becomes a massive solar panel capable of producing significantly more energy than the home requires, allowing the home to then become an important source of power for the local micro grid or large battery storage systems,” reports Baystreet.

Erected on site by EHT staff and local crew, the proprietary skin and foam core is stronger and more energy efficient than traditional wood or steel buildings. The materials are shipped on pallets via boat, rail or truck, and a home can be erected in one day.

John Gamble, EHT’s CEO says, “We are now on our way to completing the first large housing order contract in Africa which we are confident will be the start of many similar projects in other countries.” ##

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City Considers Modular Home Restrictions

November 22nd, 2016 Comments off
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The DeRidder, Louisiana City Council introduced proposed ordinances that will determine where residents can place modular housing, and under what conditions, during a meeting on November 14th.

One of the ordinances allows for the placement of modular homes in districts zoned as B-1, (transitional business district,) R-2 (higher density single family district,) and R-3 (multi-family single district.)

The other proposed ordinance prohibits modular homes in districts zoned as R-1 (single-family residential district) and R-1-A (residential district).

Modular homes are currently permitted in the residential districts.

The proposals will be the subject of public hearings, currently scheduled for November 28th.

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DeRidder, Louisiana location on map. Credit: Sperling’s Best Places.

 

According to the Beauregard Daily News, the Council and the DeRidder Planning & Zoning Commission have been wrestling with the “issues” of manufactured housing and modular housing for a number of months.

Previously, the council outlined where manufactured housing could be placed.

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Modular home being moved to site. Credit: Winona Daily News.

According to current ordinance, a modular home is defined as a structure designed for residential occupancy, designed and constructed to standards of the International Residential Code. The proposal stipulates that the term modular home does not include manufactured housing.

A residential modular home must be multi-section, meet square footage requirements, have sloped roofs with overhanging eaves, and be generally within the prevailing exterior appearance of other residences in the neighborhood.

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Inside of a manufactured home. Credit: South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office.

In the proposed ordinance, any proposed modular home location has to be approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission and requires a siting permit from the city.

Modular homes will not be able to be placed on a lot where another residence exists.

Both of the proposed ordinances would grandfather any existing structures unless or until they are moved to new locations.

The Daily Business News has covered a number of related stories around the country recently, including an effort by the Linton, Indiana City Council to force all manufactured homes brought into the city to be located in manufactured home communities. ##

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Layered Cardboard Modular Home Unveiled

November 16th, 2016 Comments off
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Fiction Factory, a Holland-based builder, has unveiled its new modular home, which is made of layered cardboard.

According to architects on the project, while cardboard is not among the normal top choices for building materials, the home, called “Wikkelhouse” (which translates to “wrapper house”) will they claim will last for up to 100 years, and can be built in virtually any size that an owner wants.

Each home is built out of several modules, which are made of corrugated cardboard glued together by an eco-friendly adhesive.

Each module is approximately four feet thick and provides 54 square feet of living space, with a ceiling height of 11.5 feet.

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The cardboard layer is wrapped around each of these modules 24 times via a large rotating machine. According to Fiction Factory, this ensures a strong, sturdy, and well-insulated module.

The cardboard layer is then wrapped in a waterproof, breathable film called Miotex and the exterior is finished with pine slats. Each module weights about 1,100 pounds and can be disassembled and moved easily. They are also fully recyclable.

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Plywood is used for interior paneling, which according to Fiction Factory gives the home a warm and minimalistic feel.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach provided commentary on the Wikkelhouse, pointing out an important comparison even though the layered cardboard homes claim to be waterproof.

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L.A. “Tony” Kovach with Cavco’s Joe Stegmayer

I recall the elation of those who wanted to promote Masonite and other similar brands of siding. They too said it would last and last, but we found out the hard way that it deteriorated rapidly once the material below the surface was exposed to water,” said Kovach.

What research, if any,” Kovach asks, “has been done on this process to prevent a similar multi-billion-dollar fiasco that occurred with those Masonite-type sidings?

The question from Kovach is relevant, as the Daily Business News covered Fiction Factory earlier this year, where they claimed that their homes would last up to 50 years, not 100. ## 

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