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National Association of Home Builders Co-Hosting HUD Innovative Housing Showcase

April 30th, 2019 Comments off

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The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) missed touting Earth Day.

Thanks to some forward-looking MHI members, the Arlington, VA based trade group has been dragged into the Innovative Housing Showcase.  See those insights further below the byline and notices.

 

Yesterday, HUD announced in a release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) would be co-hosting their event with HUD.

What follows is the bulk of their release.

 

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National Association of Home Builders to
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HUD Innovative Housing Showcase

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will co-host the Department’s inaugural “Innovative Housing Showcase.” The Innovative Housing Showcase will be held on the National Mall June 1-5, 2019, to educate policy makers and the broader public on the new housing innovations and building technologies that are helping address the affordable housing challenges across our country.

“We’re thrilled to have the National Association of Home Builders co-host this Showcase,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “It’s important we highlight these new building technologies that are answering the call for more affordable, durable housing options for families across America.”

“The housing affordability crisis is affecting both builders and consumers nationwide. We are honored to be co-hosting this event with HUD as we work together to find solutions to this growing problem. “ said Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.

The Showcase will highlight various solutions that could make housing more affordable for American families and more resilient during natural disasters.

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YIMBY, Amazon backed Plant Prefab Introducing ADUs, Product Video

November 16th, 2018 Comments off

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Treehugger says, “Yes in my back yard” (YIMBY), “Yves Behar and Plant Prefab introduce ADUs.”

 

California recently signed into law the okay for a broader use of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

The environmental focused publisher, says, “The reason prefabs make so much sense in the A.D.U. context is that the added construction is easy on neighborhoods and neighbors. It can take two, three years to build something, with all the noise and visual pollution. And wasted materials that come with that. But with the YB1, it takes about a month to build it in a factory and a day to install. It comes prewired with all your electrical, HVAC, appliances — everything is ready to go. Prefabs make it so much more accessible for people to add housing stock, and it’s so much cleaner.”

 

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That’s an argument that factory-builders know well and embrace.

 

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Lloyd Alter, writing for Treehugger, said: “…in the comments, the usual objections come up: $480 per sq ft is $200 higher than a conventionally built custom home with nice finishes. Good idea, but it appears there is a high premium for these ADU’s.” Or, “Yet another toy for the rich with no practical basis in reality for the majority of people, and only those who live in the sunbelt and in wealthy enclaves.” Or, “This is beautiful and definitely solving a problem… for people with money. Not sure how it helps homelessness or people with less money.”

Alter then goes through his reasons for rebuffing some of those concerns. For the general public, Alter’s points are okay.

But for modular home builders, or especially for HUD Code manufactured home producers, it misses the tremendous value differential between conventional construction and manufactured housing.

 

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It is a reminder that California alone could be boom town, for a visionary operation, with or without the support of a savvy trade association.

 

 

It is also a reminder of why MHProNews has lead the factory-built home trade media in tracking how big tech has been nibbling around the edges of factory home building in recent years. See the related reports, linked below.

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Emerging Building, Construction Technologies Poised to Disrupt Housing, Developing, and More

May 29th, 2018 Comments off

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This 10-minute video will show you some technologies that you will be familiar with, such as 3D Printing.

 

But it will also introduce you to technologies that you may not be familiar with at all.  This new TechZone video was posted earlier in May 2018, and it already boasts over a million views.

From:

  • patio and road paving systems,
  • to tear down tech,
  • 3D printing,
  • to wall building drones,
  • robots that build walls faster than humans,
  • and more

this is a video that forward thinkers in the manufactured and modular housing industry will want to carefully digest.

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Beyond ‘Trailers’ – Buying Modern Manufactured Homes, What Insurance Giant State Farm Got Right, Not Right – Analysis

December 29th, 2017 Comments off
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The photo doesn’t state if the construction being shown is HUD Code, modular or a prefab form of factory building. To the suprise of some inside and outside of the industry, it could be any of those three.

A lot has changed in the way manufactured homes are constructed, utilized, and perceived,” reads a page on the State Farm Insurance website.  Those are the first words under the photo at the left and after their classic headline, “Beyond ‘Trailers’ – Buying Modern Manufactured Homes,

For starters, there’s sometimes confusion about exactly what is meant by ‘manufactured home.’ Rule number one: Don’t call them ‘trailers’ or ‘mobile homes,’” says State Farm.

Bingo.

That’s a spot on, correct statement of fact.

While there are search engine optimization and other reasons why words like ‘mobile home’ ought to be considered, and possibly used, it should be done so juxtaposed in just the manner that State Farm did. As a segue into the correct terminology – and then, ideally – why that nomenclature matters.

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Here’s what the current terms mean for this category of affordable housing styles, and why those outdated terms don’t really apply anymore,” their post says, and continues as follows – which includes, from their perspective, an understandable tilt as to what this means for those seeking home owner insurance.

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  • Prefabricated Homes: This is the general term used to refer to any type of home that is constructed off-site (in a production plant or factory) and then transported to the building site. Prefabricated homes are usually insured under a standard Homeowners policy.
  • Modular Homes: Prefab homes that are constructed in two or more sections at the factory and then usually transported to the building site on a flatbed truck. Constructed to conventional building codes, they may have multiple floors and more steeply pitched roofs.
  • Panelized Home: Unlike modular homes, these are constructed as separate wall sections and then assembled by the builders at the site. (‘Pre-cut’ homes are a type of panelized homes.)
  • Manufactured Homes: Usually single-story, they mostly come in double-wide or triple-wide configurations that are much roomier and more ‘house-like’ than the outdated idea of a single-wide (narrow) version — the latter type being what’s often conjured by the term ‘trailer.’ Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (HUD Code) define rigorous guidelines for manufactured homes. The most recognized distinction from modular homes is that that they have a permanent steel I-beam chassis and wheels under the floor so they can be towed rather than carried on the back of a truck.
    • Mobile Homes: You’ll often see this term used interchangeably when referring to today’s manufactured homes. But technically, the term ‘mobile home’ only applies to dwellings built before June 1976, when the HUD Code went into effect.”

From a just-the-facts perspective, most of the above is spot on.  It arguably deserves the appreciation of professionals in manufactured housing – and broader factory built home industry.

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There is one problematic point in the section above, and it is this; that are much roomier and more ‘house-like’ than the outdated idea of a single-wide (narrow) version — the latter type being what’s often conjured by the term ‘trailer.’”

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There are objective and subjective statements. Much of the start of their post was objectively accurate, but that one line shown above, was subjective – a personal opinion.

Most Popular Home of Year Goes To…Shotgun like ‘Single Sectional’ – Think “Lido” Manufactured Home

As regular MHLivingNews and MHProNews readers know, single-sectionals often have floorplans similar to other forms of conventional housing, including shotgun houses, and some multifamily construction floorplans.

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Single sectionals – what State Farm’s post called “single-wide (narrow)” do conjure the image for many of a “trailer house.” That’s sad, but true. Still, they are popular, accounting for half of the production or more of some HUD Code manufactured home producers.  Nor should a single sectional be looked upon as inferior.  It’s arguably the most affordable kind of permeant housing, when measured on a cost-per-square-foot basis.

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That ‘narrow’ view is thus subjective, an opinion held in the eye of the beholder, in the following sense.  Tiny houses – which manufactured home advocate Rev. Donald Tye Jr. calls a ‘true trailer house,’ because it may be towable by pickup truck – are hip in the eyes of millions.

The rest of their column on the topic of manufactured homes and other forms of prefabs is similar to the above. It includes statements that may be spot on, mixed with others that are less accurate, or problematic.

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But compared to many third party researchers or those with an interest in the industry that are looking into manufactured homes, the overall thrust of their article is pretty good.

If thousands of journalists grasped what State Farm did in the reviewed portion of the post, the manufactured home industry would arguably be ahead.

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As a closing thought, does their article reflect the reality that giant State Farm Insurance desires targeting an industry they see growing in the future?

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Homelessness in America, and Factory-Built Housing

December 27th, 2017 Comments off

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Although the total homeless population has fallen almost 14% since 2010, there are still close to 550,000 people in the U.S. who don’t have a fixed abode, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” wrote the column’s author, Megan Elliott.

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Charles Payne on Fox Business said tonight that California, the richest state in the Union, also has the most homeless.

Local Star Chambers Wage War on Affordable Housing

NIMBY and land use – read zoning – are among the factors that have contributed to this problem.

NIMBY and the Denial of Manufactured Housing

What 2017 has demonstrated is that there are several initiatives underway that propose various forms of prefab housing as a solution.

Some of those prefabs are coming from China.

Billion-Dollar Micro-Modular War – Housing Homeless, but Unions Balk Over Importing Units From Abroad

U.S prefab, modular, and container builders have also been active in chasing opportunities to serve cities with affordable housing, including for the homeless.

Hawaiian Modular Housing Advances

Modular Housing To Help Homeless in Hawaii

Tiny MODs Could be the Next Big Thing for Homeless Vets

The causes and solutions for homelessness are complex, as Cheat Sheet reported about Philadelphia and the other top 10 cities with thousands of homeless.

A 26% poverty rate, low wages, high housing costs, and a lack of affordable transportation all contribute to the problem of homelessness in Philadelphia, according to Project Home, a local nonprofit group. An opiate addiction crisis is also causing the homeless population in the city to grow, Philly.com reported,” wrote Elliott.

But certainly one issue that manufactured home professionals should keep in mind is that the HUD Code is supposed to be preemptive.

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As the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), JD Harper with the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), and other industry have told MHLivingNews and MHProNews, the solution ought to include enhanced access to the nation’s most affordable housing.  ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

 

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The Top 10 American Corporations, Manufactured Homes, and PreFab Housing

December 4th, 2017 Comments off

TopTenMegaCorpsDailyBusinessNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryMHProNewsEvery professional adult interacts/or is impacted by every Top 10 U.S. based giant periodically.

But odds are excellent that manufactured housing operations, and interests like your business, are impacted daily – either directly, or indirectly – by the top 6 mega-corporations shown in the infographic below.

There are also many possible takeaways for the forward-thinking manufactured housing professional to be found in this Top 10 list.

3 Time Frames: Top 10 Corps. – 100 Years Ago, 50 Years Ago & Nov 2017

To reflect how rapidly change can occur, the market cap at the opening bell for Amazon today was $562.34B, per Nasdaq. That nearly $20 billion more than it was when this chart below was created.

But look back 100 years, to 1917.  Not one of those then-giant companies are in the top ten today.

From 1967 – 50 years ago, and within the lifetime of thousands in the manufactured housing industry today – once giant Kodak is no more.  The dominant retail player 5 decades ago was Sears, which has long since been supplanted, first by Walmart, and more recently, by Amazon.

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As MHProNews noted in a pre-dawn report this morning, the top 2 publicly-traded giants in manufactured housing in 2000 – plus Palm Harbor Homes, others – melted away, filed bankruptcy, reorganized, etc.  Today’s dominant players in manufactured housing look to be just as unstoppable as many believed the old-2000 era Fleetwood and Champion Homes were then.

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Today, the Fleetwood and Palm Harbor brands are subsidiaries of Cavco, and the Champion brand was reconstituted as a privately-owned firm.

Given the fact that manufactured housing’s #1 Clayton Homes and #2 Cavco Industries – per their own data – are growing at a slower pace than the industry at large, are there already possible warning signs that some in MHVille are overlooking? Are there vulnerabilities that these 2 largest HUD Code firms have that other competitors could exploit?

To answer that, what does this top 10 corporations chart tell you is the answer for such questions?

Impact of the “Tech Lords”

Apple and Microsoft are known by virtually everyone, and interacts/impacts with virtually daily.

Alphabet is “now the parent company of Google and several former Google subsidiaries,” says Wikipedia.  So, it’s used by – and their search results and ads impact – the manufactured housing industry in a big ways.

Google’s Going Modular Housing

Google and a former Amazon exec (see linked article below) are dabbling in prefab housing.

Inside MH – Not Every Democrat, Not Every Republican – Politically Incorrect, Factually Accurate

Will the tech giants dive into factory-built housing more deeply?  If so, shouldn’t we expect a big, disruptive market impact?

Microsoft may be diving into prefab homes soon too.

Bill Gates’ Subsidiary Belmont Plans Smart City of Future, What Role Will Factory Built Homes Play?

The same could happen with Facebook, which along side Google, are huge vehicles for marketing today.  Any chance these moves influenced Warren Buffett’s deeper buy into Apple, while selling off IBM?

Dive, Survive, or Thrive?

For mom-and-pop to even mid-sized manufactured housing operations to survive and thrive in this era of mega-corporations requires a strategy that based upon reality.  Wishful thinking and head-in-the-sand behavior simply won’t work.

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If you are an independent, or provide products and services to independents, never forget this graphic below by the left-of-center media outlet, the Atlantic.

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Political Impact of the Mega-Corps, Which Also Impacts the MH Industry

The political reality behind these top corporations are worth noting.

JP Morgan’s well-known leader is Jaime Dimon, a Democratic supporter who recently pushed the tax reform plan in a big, public way.

Why Democratic Leaning Jaime Dimon, of JP Morgan, Calls Americans to Support Tax Reform

Johnson and Johnson CEO, Alex Gorsky, has served as part of the Trump Administration’s American Manufacturing Council.

That said, the bulk of these giants tilt left.  Their leadership tends to favor Democratic candidates in their politics.

Warren Buffett has sizable stakes in Wells Fargo, and as previously reported, a growing stake in Apple.

All 6 of the top mega-corporations have a pro-Democratic tilt.

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Never forget who Warren Buffett (right) supported, and that Hillary Clinton, left, was for higher taxes and strengthening the CFPB. Credit – Boston Globe.  More recently, Buffett on POTUS Trump, and politics is linked here.

So, when Democratic senators or congressional reps are trash-talking about ‘soaking the rich,’ are they really, truly going to go after those who are the core of their donor-base in recent election cycles?  Isn’t that ‘soak the rich’ just political spin, designed to make the masses feel good, while the truth is quite different?

Money, power, and politics have always mixed in America.

But as award-winning Marty Lavin has observed, pay more attention to what people do than what they say, and follow the money.

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Lavin is an MHI award-winner, and a success story in communities, retail, and finance.

When you follow that money, much of it leads back to these top 10 mega corporations, which touch our industry and consumers in a myriad of ways, day-by-day.

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London Explores “PreFab Revolution,” and the U.S. Connection

September 7th, 2017 Comments off
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Offsite Manufactured Housing is an innovative, forward-looking and exciting way to close the gap,” said Nicky Gavron, author of the London Assembly report, per Construction Enquirer.

Prefabricated housing is about to make a major comeback in London, England. A recent London Assembly report calls on Mayor Saqid Khan to encourage manufactured housing.

This timely report sends an unequivocal message to the Mayor of London that now is the time to show strong political leadership to establish a mainstream precision manufactured housing market in the capital,” said Mark Farmer, chief executive of Cast Consultancy and author of last year’s Farmer Review, per Construction Enquirer.

It appears that the message has been heard as the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development James Murray says Khan plans to support the idea of manufactured housing.

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Mayor Saqid Khan (top), Mark Farmer (left), Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development James Murray (right). Image credit, SP Broadway, YouTube. Pulse Headlines.

The Mayor’s draft London Housing Strategy, which will be published next month, will set out the Mayor’s further plans to support much greater precision manufacturing of homes,” Murray said.

The Daily Business News has previously reported on the growing prefab movement in the U.K., which includes conglomerate Legal & General (L&G) and their new factory outside of Leeds. The first of their prefab homes rolled out in August, and was placed and installed on site in Richmond in a matter of hours.  The

U.S. Factory Building Connection…

L&G was previously reported as having a stake in U.S. based Cavco Industries.  Is there something there to watch on this side of the Atlantic?

Legal & General

 

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L&G prototype modular home, credit, LandlordNews.

These buildings are high quality and outstanding in terms of performance,” said Gavron.

Their construction is more environmentally-friendly than traditional construction methods and they are a far cry from their prefabricated predecessors,” Gavron explained. “Few will disagree that using vacant public land to build homes quickly and with less pollution and disruption could be great news for London, tailored to demands at every price point.”

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Nicky Gavron. Image credit, London.Gov.UK.

There is a target need of 50,000 new homes each year, per Homes and Property.

The L&G Homes factory is expected to produce around 3,000 homes per year. Builders are saying that Offsite Manufactured (OSM) Homes can be built in as little as 20 weeks.  U.S. readers are reminded that British terminology may not always be the same as ours.

Gavron, Farmer, and others believe that prefab, modular and manufactured housing are clearly a solution to the current housing demands, per Construction Enquirer.

It could underpin ambitions not just for housing, but for wider economic growth,” Farmer said.

The Daily Business News has also previously reported on the lack, of not just housing, but of affordable housing, in London. The use of modular, prefab and manufactured homes would free up more money that can be used in other parts of the economy for overall growth.

This is a once in a generation opportunity to work collaboratively with investors, developers and policy makers at a time where experts, central and local government are all calling for the same thing to happen,” Gavron said. ## (News, analysis.)

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Will Various PreFab, Factory Built Homes Become Los Angeles’ Affordable Housing Solution?

August 21st, 2017 Comments off
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The City of Los Angeles is officially the most unaffordable place to live in the United States, per a UCLA Anderson School of Management study.

With the number of jobs increasing, and the number of homes on the market unchanged, the need for affordable housing in the city has never been greater.

A recent Daily Business News article reported that the L.A. metropolitan area has the second most “worst case” renters in the U.S.

Worst case” renters are those spending more than half their income on rent, or living in substandard housing – and in some cases – both.

The PreFab/Factory Built Home Answer?

One solution the city appears to be leaning more toward is prefabricated or ‘prefab’ housing, according to TimeOut L.A.

Among the reasons prefab is being considered are:

  • reduced building times,
  • ability to withstand earthquakes,
  • and affordability.

Los Angeles is like the petri dish for experimentation,” says Jennifer Siegal, founder and principal of prefab company Office of Mobile Design. “The city is less dense than older East Coast cities, and our 72 °F -and-sunny climate allows for lots of indoor-outdoor design possibilities.”

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Jennifer Siegal, founder and principal of prefab company Office of Mobile Design. Credit, Design Mobile.

Combatting NIMBY Attitudes to Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis

While it all sounds like a perfect plan there is almost certainly going to be resistance from NIMBY homeowners in the city.

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However a growing number of prefabricated and modular projects in California – like Google’s plans to put up modular homes as temporary employee housing – along with the efforts of local prefab builders may persuade people to be more open minded.

In the L. A. metro itself, the Daily Business News has previously reported on several projects, such as the Potters Lane container housing project, linked here.

So Siegal is in good company.  She used modular building for a three-story addition to her Venice bungalow. The modules are stacked, with an Astroturf-covered roof deck.

We’re showing that you can do high-quality, highly sustainable, cost-effective housing, in half the time, using prefab,” says CEO of LivingHomes, Steve Glenn.

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Steve Glenn, CEO of LivingHomes. Credit, Pier to Pier Brokers.

Glenn’s Santa Monica home is built out of 11 modules.  It is made to LEED certified platinum, solar standards.  It has a greywater recovery system. The walls in his home are also movable, which allows the family to “rearrange” the home as needed.

The home is also more “green” than most, made with recycled glass, steel, cement, and sustainably harvested wood.

Other Prefab Projects in L.A. and Greater SoCal

Siegel and Glenn are not the only ones who see the potential that modular and prefabricated housing has to offer for Los Angeles residents in the state the city is in currently.

According to Curbed L.A. a “new affordable housing complex may be on the way to Alvarado Street in Westlake, with the assistance of a bit of state funding.”

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The location of the future Westlake prefab project. Credits, Curbed, Google Maps.

The idea for a 90 unit project to be completed using prefabricated materials was proposed by the Foundation for Affordable Housing, an Orange County based non-profit.

The Westlake project, if it is seen through to the end, expects to include both studio and 1-bedroom “open plan” units available to renters making less than 80 percent of the areas median income.

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Distance between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Credit, Google Maps.

As mentioned previously, about five hours away in the Silicon Valley is Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. They’ve made plans to use modular housing as temporary employee housing. As Daily Business News reported, they have placed their order for the modular units through Factory OS, so the plans are moving forward already.

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The Blu Homes Factory that was taken over by Factory OS. Credits, Factory OS

Siegal was previously featured touting “mobile homes” – manufactured homes – in a story carried by CBS and MHLivingNews, linked here.

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Jennifer Siegal, still from video on MHLivingNews, click the image above to see the interview and feature.

With the knowledge that affordable housing needs are at their highest in L.A. and the greater SoCal area it appears that at least some prefab professionals are making efforts to use this to their advantage, promoting the benefits of factory built homes. ## (News.)

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Pouring Gas on PreFab Fire, CNN Report Spotlighted

June 6th, 2017 Comments off

PouringGasPreFabHomeFireModularManufacuredPreFabHousingDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsYou may agree or disagree with CNN’s clearly slanted coverage of President Trump, as even Harvard’s recent media study reported.

But one must give credit where it’s due.

CNN gave solid coverage recently on the growing factory-built home movement.  They even got (most) of the facts and nomenclature right.  What was missing was in their recent article discussion of manufactured homes, but their coverage of modular and “prefabricated” or “prefab” housing was quite solid.

Pour Gas on the Blaze

CNN noted Japanese prefab builder Muji, which MHProNews has profiled several times, among them the column by Sandra Lane, at this link here.

They also drew attention to Joseph Tanney, who’s Resolution: 4 Architecture firm exemplifies the sustained interest in prefab, one paralleling the kinds of higher-end designs by famous designer, Antonio Robbie, PreFab Leader & how Revolution PreCrafted, linked here.

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Modular home designed by Res4Arch, credit, CNN.

The interest or the promise of prefab is nothing new, but it’s been reignited, and gasoline continues to be poured on the fire,” says Tanney, a New York-based firm that’s developed modular housing systems since 2002. “And because more architects are participating in this base, the level of design is increasing across the board.”

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Joseph Tanney, Res4Arch. Credits as shown, text credit and collage by MHProNews.

While many prefab companies focus on both affordable and high-end primary residences, others advertise them as country retreats, backyard workspaces, guesthouses, and in-law suites,” writes Elizabeth Stamp for CNN.

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Res4Arch – credit, their Website.

 

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The designs are only limited by the maximum dimensions allowed to be shipped on the highways, which in the United States is 16 feet,” Stamp wrote, nailing a detail often missed by others covering the factory-built home industry.

Here’s where Stamp might have pointed to the residential side of HUD Code manufactured homes, but overall, her coverage was solid.

Among the points that Stamp’s CNN column made is that Japan and other nations are doing more in prefab than the U.S. is doing.  This echoes a point made by Sunshine Homes, John Bostick, part of the video below, which featured a veterinarian who purchased a residential style manufactured home in a nice land-lease community.

MHLivingNews has long pointed out that frugal millionaires are buying manufactured homes, as well as the higher priced modular and prefab housing options Stamp’s column covered.

By focusing on stories about the rich, famous and upwardly mobile – not just the lower end of affordable housing, as important as that is and should be – the factory-built home industry elevates its brand by spotlighting ‘good news.’  Being socially accepted and celebrated is valuable.

Thus stories like Stamp’s on CNN should be acknowledged by all segments of the factory-built housing. ##

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UK Broker: Prefab Housing “True Way Forward”

October 22nd, 2016 Comments off
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Cover of the Farmer Review. Credit: Cast Consulting.

Coming out in support of a government commissioned review, Zing Mortgages director Paul Flavin said that the introduction of a more affordable modular housing package was needed to encourage investors to return to a market where some yields in the United Kingdom (UK) have fallen to unsustainable lows.

I am becoming more involved with the world of modular housing seeing it as a true way forward in many areas, said Flavin.

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Paul Flavin. Credit: LinkedIn.

In the South East property prices have grown to a point where rental yields can be as low as 3% and 4% meaning landlords aren’t purchasing in these areas. The introduction of a more affordable modular housing package could be the only way to increase rental yields to a sufficient level, encouraging investors to return to these areas.”

Mark Farmer, CEO of Cast, was commissioned to review the UK’s construction labor model by the Construction Leadership Council and housing ministers in February 2016.

His review found that new construction methods were needed to offset a “general shortage of skills in the construction sector,” which had inflated building costs and made traditional housing projects “too expensive to build.

Entitled “Modernise or Die,” the study recommended the launch of a pilot program that would test the use of pre-manufactured construction in the residential space.

As Daily Business News readers may recall, we recently covered the investment move of Legal & General in modular housing this year.

The construction industry is in dire need of change. What is clear to me following the nine months spent conducting this review is that carrying on as we are is simply not an option,” said Farmer.

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Mark Farmer. Credit: LinkedIn.

Unless we find some way of promoting innovation in construction and making the work less labor intensive and more attractive to new entrants, there’s a very real danger of the construction sector going into an inexorable decline over the next few years.

Farmer’s report also highlighted a dysfunctional training model, lack of innovation and lack of collaboration. It also highlighted a “non-existent research and development culture, which is holding back the market.

In short, it’s “modernize or die,” said Farmer.

According to Mortgage Solutions UK, in addition to 10 recommendations for improvement, Farmer also suggested a medium-term solution could be a “carrier bag charge”-style deterrent scheme, forcing businesses to opt for new models of construction.

The solution would levy a tax on businesses that buy construction work in a way that doesn’t support industry innovation or skills development.

If violated, clients could end up paying a levy equal to 0.5% of a the projects’ construction costs, but could avoid paying the tax completely by commissioning construction in a more responsible way.

We will carefully consider the recommendations,” the government said.

Paul Stanworth, managing partner at Legal & General, also spoke positively about the report.

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Paul Sanworth. Credit: UK Infrastructure Investment.

This review sets out a clear way for the construction sector to reinvent itself in order to meet the ever-growing demand for homes and infrastructure,” said Stanworth.

Legal & General is helping to address this problem by investing in a modern factory to produce homes using manufacturing processes seen in the production of cars and other consumer goods.

This construction method is safe, clean, and fast, providing a high level of consistency and durability. We sincerely hope that Farmer’s review galvanizes the entire sector to invest in innovation and secure its future.” ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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