Posts Tagged ‘prefab housing’

Architect dubs UVa ecoMOD project selection a winner

August 27th, 2013 Comments off

prefab-ecomod-project-credit-jetson-green-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-pro-news-mhpronews-com-One of the eight 2013 Research and Design award selections by Architect Magazine in the ecoMOD Project was from the University of Virginia (UVa). The home was chosen as an example for “low-impact, energy-efficient housing units.” The ecoMOD Project aims at sustainable residential design for low- to moderate-levels, using prefab housing methods. Jetsongreen tells MHProNews that current installations on track for this summer include three modular units, to be rented or purchased by low-income households. Two of the homes meet international Passive House standards, at a delivery cost of $105 per square foot, plus design fees and foundation work. The third home, which was described as a control unit, meets local codes at a cost of $70 per square foot. The modules used regionally-sourced materials such as certified red oak for flooring and cementitious fiber board siding. ##

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Research Proclaims MH Rising

February 14th, 2013 Comments off

As PRWeb informs MHProNews, according to market research firm Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), shipments of prefabricated homes are expected to reach 112,000 units by 2018 in the U.S. as the resurgence in housing and construction activity increases. The study covers manufactured, modular, panelized, and precut housing, but the manufactured housing segment comprises over half of the total shipments. Single-section growth of manufactured homes is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.9 percent for the next five years. While the rising demand for prefab housing is coming from the baby boomers, it is also driven by environmental awareness from those desiring eco-friendly and energy efficient homes which are being incorporated into factory-built product. Growth in this market in the U.S. has been stymied by the lack of financial support and incentives from the federal government, as well as by the ‘trailer park’ mentality long associated with the industry as a whole.

(Photo credit: Chris Butler/Idaho Statesman–Delores Loredo nailing the roof on a manufactured home.)

Study Predicts the Rise of Prefab Globally

March 5th, 2012 Comments off

Global Industry Analysts, Inc. estimates the global prefabricated housing market will hit 829,000 units by 2017. DigitalJournal tells the U.S. and UK have the majority share of the market, but Australia and New Zealand are the pioneers in the Asian market, although Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea have burgeoning factory-built housing industries. In the U.S. manufactured housing is the most competitive in the prefabricated housing market sector, and accounts for about ten percent of all new single-family homes. The study states the appeal of low housing costs is an attraction for singles, young married couples, and retirees and will translate into growing demand for factory-built homes. The report notes the coming green identity with modular housing in particular: “The segment of modular homes is moving towards a greener identity with several super housing models boasting of low-carbon footprints frequently emerging in the market. The energy-efficient, environment friendly homes are changing the relatively down market image of the prefab housing type, as consumers increasingly place in high esteem industries that aim at reducing wastage and inefficiency.”

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Modular Moving in Midwest

November 25th, 2011 Comments off

Omaha reports Rod Tompkins, who operates Heritage Homes in Wayne, Nebraska, in the northeast part of the state, says business is picking up and he plans to add 16 production workers to the current roster of 64. The maker of custom modular homes and apartments says the biggest demand is coming from the oil fields of North Dakota, but he also serves rural areas of Missouri, Iowa, and Kansas where the economy is more robust than other parts of the country. Tompkins says, “We’ll probably double our production here in the next year, and then we may try to grow it some more in 2013.” Manta, which provides company profiles and market research online, estimates Heritage has annual revenue of $11,800,000.

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2011 Solar Decatholon modular and prefab home winners

October 5th, 2011 Comments off

Maryland Team US DOE Solar Decathlon 2011 overall winnerCleantechnica reports on the winners of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon held in the National Mall in Washington, DC.  The homes featured were modular and prefabricated housing solar powered designs. The overall winner was Team Maryland (University of Maryland), as shown in the photo. “Maryland is a well-experienced team. After taking second place in 2007, they rested and regrouped in 2009 and came to West Potomac Park in 2011 focused and determined to win,” said Solar Decathlon Director Richard King. “In addition, Maryland’s Watershed is a beautiful house, judged first place in Architecture, which also performed impeccably in measured contests. This team mastered their strategies to ensure they excelled in all 10 contests.” Maryland won overall and in architecture. Communications: Middlebury College. Affordability: Team Belgium AND Parsons the New School for Design and Stevens University (Tie).  People’s Choice Award: Appalachian State. Market Appeal: Middlebury College. Engineering: New Zealand. Home Entertainment: Middlebury College. Appliances: Illinois. Hot Water: New Zealand, Tennessee, Parsons NS Stevens, Appalachian State, Maryland, Ohio State, SCI-Arc/Caltech (7-Way Tie). Comfort Zone: Ohio State. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu office announced the overall final standings as follows:

1. Maryland
2. Purdue
3. New Zealand
4. Middlebury College
5. Ohio State
6. SCI-Arc/Caltech (tie)
7. Illinois
8. Tennessee
9. Team Massachusetts
10. Canada
11. Florida Int’l
12. Appalachian State
13. Parsons NS Stevens
14. Tidewater Virginia
15. Team China
16. Team Belgium
17. Team New York
18. Team New Jersey
19. Team Florida

(Editor’s note: For 5 previous articles and a video on this contest, put the keywords 2011 Solar Decathlon into the search box near the top right of the Daily Business News page.)

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3twenty somethings stack container housing and growing results

October 3rd, 2011 Comments off

3twenty - Canadian container housing company - credit PostmediaNewsFinancialPost reports that Saskatchewan based 3twenty – which uses shipping containers as transportable and stackable housing units – is making diversity, a Google-like culture and solution oriented youthfulness pay dividends. Evan Willoughby, Channing McCorriston, and Bryan McCrea teamed with W. Brett Wilson to launch the start up firm.  Their target market is large and growing, with some 20,000 beds needed in Saskatchewan mine sites alone in the next three years, plus other projects on their radar in Canada, the U.S. and overseas. 3twenty designs, builds and installs their transportable container housing units, operating an 11,000-square-foot shop where 10 to 15 people work daily. They are learning management on the fly, and judging from results, successfully so.  In the fourth quarter of 2010, 3twenty outfitted an entire mining camp and has sold two additional camps for $1-million in gross revenue in the first third of 2011. Focused on building relationships with corporations that have global operations, 3twenty is on track to hit $2.5-million to $3-million in sales by year’s end.  50% to 70% of the team are aboriginal, seeking to model Google’s culture.  The average age on the team is 26.  The company won the inaugural Idea Challenge sponsored by the Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Eastern Manufactured and Modular Retailer boasts good sales numbers

October 3rd, 2011 Comments off

Randy Merritt, Jr Atlantis Homes LLC credit LinkedInDelmarVaNow reports that decade old Atlantis Homes, LLC in is successfully bucking trends in manufactured and modular home sales.  “Even in the economic situation we have, we sell on average 200 homes a year,” Randy Merritt, Jr. said. “That’s a lot of homes.” Atlantis is a retailer for Clayton, Norris, Skyline, Eagle River and Fleetwood manufactured and/or modular home builders.  The retailer has model home centers in Delmar, Dover, Millsboro and Pocomoke City, giving the company visibility in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, along with parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  The company dates back nearly a half century, when Merritt’s grandfather launched a Symrna-based modular home business, Larry’s Homes. Merritt’s parents, Randy and Pamela Merritt Sr., teamed with his uncle, Brian McKinley, to buy Larry’s Homes.  Merritt says site building in his areas runs about $80 and $120 per square foot, compared to manufactured or modular homes that cost between $50 and $80 per square foot.  Atlantis received Clayton’s Five Star Customer Service award for being “a truly world class performer.” according to Lance Hull, vice president at Clayton Manufacturing. “We partner with over 1,100 independent retailers in marketing our products across the country, and Atlantis Homes is one of the best in consistently delivering the finest customer service,” Hull said. “It is a testament to their commitment of not just meeting, but exceeding customer expectations.”  Since opening just before 9-11 2001, the modular and manufactured home retailer states they’ve sold some 2000 homes, averaging some 200 sales a year, even during this long, difficult housing downturn.

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FEMA sends manufactured homes to Cobeskill

September 30th, 2011 Comments off

fema logo_t175_b1-blackDailyGazette reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is transporting manufactured homes to Cobleskill NY as the agency’s response to the needs of dozens of households displaced by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. FEMA spokesman Chris McKniff said it’s unclear precisely how many of the manufactured homes are being brought, but expects more than 20 to be delivered by Friday for those displaced by flooding. Rental units that may be available are also being evaluated.   “We continuously look at all housing needs,” McKniff said. While travel trailer RVs could be used, manufactured housing is considered more-appropriate in the Northeast due to winter, he said.  McKniff said Cobleskill will serve as a staging area for the housing units which will then be transported again to places where they can be set up. The homes will presumably be placed in nearby land lease manufactured home communities.

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Local official surprised by Attorney General’s suit against modular developer

September 30th, 2011 Comments off

Michael Delaney New Hampshire's Attorney General -credit DOJ-NH-GOVLaconiaDailySun reports on ‘surprise’ legal action by New Hampshire’s Attorney General Michael Delaney’s Office. In a follow up to the story covered earlier this week in, Shanna Saunders said the city code enforcement office had been working with the developer and home owners to resolve some complains, but never expected the NH AG’s office to file suit. “I knew people were coming to the office and looking at their files,” Saunders said. Saunders explained the Villa at Paugus Woods was originally approved by the city planning board in 2006 as a cluster subdivision for a U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development (HUD) Code single-family manufactured homes. “I think when this was approved these had HUD stamped on it,” she said, noting that manufactured housing are built to federal HUD Code standards for manufactured housing and doesn’t required local inspections except for site work, like roads, drainage and the sewer systems and hookups to services like electricity, water and sewage. At some point, the project apparently changed from HUD Code manufactured housing to modular home construction. Former city contract code enforcement officer Jim Van Valkenburgh explained modular home ares engineered and built in factories and the design engineers and subcontractors are the ones responsible for design defects. “Each modular house also has a manufacturer’s sticker number with an identification number on the outside,” he said. “This means it was acceptable to our department of safety,” Van Valkenburgh said. He said that as the contracted code enforcement officer, all inspections were made as mandated by Laconia’s adopted International Residential Code of 2006, so he disagrees with the allegations in Delaney’s lawsuit that says life-safety issues are compromised. “I would not sign a certificate of occupancy without it meeting the minimum code standards of the residential building code,” he wrote. Brady Sullivan with the Villa at Paugus Woods development stated that he had cooperated with officials and that they would be vindicated.

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