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Israelis Install New Prefab “Mobile Homes” In New Settlement

February 22nd, 2018 Comments off


Israel began Wednesday to install houses at its first new settlement in about 25 years, says Agence France Presse (AFP).

A number of prefabricated mobile homes were delivered to the site that will become Amichai, the first new settlement sanctioned by the Israeli government since 1991,” per AFP’s YouTube page.  Note that in Israel, or other nations that don’t have the HUD Code for manufactured housing, the term ‘mobile home’ may not be as problematic as it is here in the U.S.


A number of prefabricated mobile homes were delivered to the site that will become Amichai, the first new settlement sanctioned by the Israeli government since 1991,” per Lebanon’s Daily Star.

Britain’s The Guardian reported a year ago that thousands of homes were authorized by the Israeli government, once President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated. It’s a hot button issue in the Arab-Israeli peace process.

A number of settlements built without permits from the government have been retroactively legalized in that time, and existing settlements have expanded exponentially,” said the Daily Star.

Amichai is located in the northern West Bank, near the Shilo settlement. It is in Palestinian territory occupied by Israel for 50 years, as a result of the 1967 Middle Eastern conflict.

All settlement construction is considered illegal under international law,” says the Daily Star,  “but Israel distinguishes between those it sanctions and those it doesn’t.”

The settlement is being built for about 40 families that were evicted from Amona, a community built without Israeli permits.  That community was demolished in February 2017.

The demolition came after Israel’s supreme court concluded it was built on private Palestinian land.  But the ruling was heavily criticized by many members of Israel’s right-wing government.

The families were expected to move in in about a month, said Israel Ganz, vice-president of the Binyamin Regional Council which manages settlements in this part of the West Bank.

To see 40 families here is a first step but we dream of seeing hundreds of families on these hills,” he added, pointing to the surrounding area. More than 600,000 Israelis live in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Israel has turned to prefabricated homes for years as part of their affordable housing planning.

It is part of a trend of greater acceptance of prefab housing globally.

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Meet ÖÖD, $50,000 Mirrored PreFab Installs in 8 hours

June 8th, 2017 Comments off

MirroredGlassPreFabOOD50kPreFabModularManufacturedHomeDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsPrefab goes in disguise with these sleek tiny dwellings from Estonian company ÖÖD. With mirrored glass facades—reminiscent of Portuguese prefabs inspired by minimalist artists—ÖÖD homes blend into their surroundings, appearing especially sublime in rural or natural landscapes,” crows Curbed.

Designboom sings, “ÖÖD promises that in eight hours anyone can build up their own pre-fabricated house or even start an accommodation business similar to AirBnB. The concept, born in Estonia, introduces the ÖÖD house / hotel room as a well-designed, mini dwelling offering a compact but comfortable 200 square feet space composed of a bed, kitchenette and bathroom.”


Treehugger trumpets, “Mirrored glass prefab from ÖÖD is an instant AirBnB.”

Meet ÖÖD, $50,000 Estonian Mirrored PreFab

The unit is designed to be a hotel room type of structure. With stylish mirrored glass, and iconic styling that oozes class, the units are a cool $250 per square foot, so no threat to HUD Code manufactured homes most aggressive price point.


Photo credits, Curbed, ÖÖD.

ÖÖD is another reminder, though, that the media croons over prefab, tiny houses and even pricey prefabs.  In a recent report, we noted that CNN favorably touted modular and prefab homes.


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Some industry pros might wonder…where’s the love for manufactured homes?


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Love for the HUD Code’s manufactured homes is out there, increasingly, to be sure – as MHLivingNews routinely reports.  But there’s more downer stories than positive ones, a fact the industry’s professionals must routinely respond to as they arise.


Given the U.S. affordable housing crisis, the home above at about 1/5 of the cost per square foot of an OOD, this home and its value looks pretty amazing, doesn’t it?

But the hunger and thirst for stylish, affordable factory built homes is there for those in the HUD Code industry – and other parts of factory built housing – for all of those with the eyes to see. ##

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British MP Urging Modular Homes Solution to Housing Shortage

November 5th, 2015 Comments off

england--modular_apartments__24_dash_comThe Member of Parliament (MP) for Folkestone and Hythe, Damian Collins, says the United Kingdom has a situation, part of which is shared by the U. S.–a lack of homes to buy and a lack of affordable homes to rent, that could be alleviated using modular homes, as expressandstar tells MHProNews.

The government has produced 130,000 units of housing each year, but the government needs 230,000 homes per year, Collins told MPs, reminding them that “prefabrication” has become associated with the incredible housing need following WWII. He stated, “Things have moved on a lot in the prefabricated market and modern methods of off-site construction and manufacture and then on-site assembly have transformed the use of this technology and its application for modern housing.

He says it will re-balance as well as stimulate the market, “not through subsidy of the market but through the development of new technology that will offer new choice and lower price.” Citing the Y:Cube modular homes in South London that MHProNews reported on May 22, 2014, he said they can be built in a week, assembled on site in a week, resulting in 50 accommodations in less than 11 months, inexpensive and durable.

Noting this will unleash a revolution in the design and delivery for new homes in the UK, Collins adds,This changes the economy totally of the housing market, both for the developer and also for the tenant of the property as well,” as he urges his fellow MPS to support the initiative. ##

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Modular Arabian Nights

September 26th, 2012 Comments off tells MHProNews that Egyptian Studio House has designed a pre-fab (modular) home called the Oxygen Villa. The solar powered home provides natural light, ventilation and cutting edge photovoltaic (PV) systems. It boasts decentralized waste water treatment and uses cantilevering mashrabiya boxes to catch prevailing winds; perfect for upscale Arab culture.The home uses steel structure, concrete floor slabs and multicolor prefabricated screens that are stacked according to a variety of different configurations. Such stories remind us that pre-fab and modular construction are international, not just North American.

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Japanese ‘manufactured homes’ are accepted

October 5th, 2011 Comments off

japanese model prefab credit JapanTimesJapanTimes reports on the strengths of their nation’s modular and prefabricated new home industry, what they sometimes refer to as ‘manufactured homes,’ even though they don’t have any relationship to U.S. HUD Code homes.  There are 10 major players in the Japanese factory built housing market.  Their homes tend to be multi-level, due to high land cost and come with standard features and a variety of upgrades that can allow for customization of the home.  At a two home model sales center along a retail-heavy stretch of highway in northern Chiba Prefecture, the homes were in the mid-price range, between ¥20 million and ¥30 million.  This would be equal to about $259,980 to $389,970 U.S. dollars.  The lower priced model at the center had a first floor containing a living-dining-kitchen area, a small family room, a bath/utility space and a somewhat ostentatious washitsu (Japanese room) with tatami mats. The second floor had three bedrooms and a second toilet.  Price is their main driver for factory built housing demand.  In the somewhat unusual Japanese housing market, a home immediately depreciates once you move in. Alastair Townsend said people can’t expect a building to be an investment, so they should “keep in mind that (the house they buy) will likely be their home for a lifetime.”

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Clean Energy Advocate Program teams up with CA mod/prefab builder

September 29th, 2011 1 comment

HybridCoreHomes posted on Daily Business has learned that The City of Santa Rosa established a Clean Energy Advocate (CEA) pilot program within the City and Sonoma County that assists homeowners in utilizing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water-use efficiency when upgrading their homes.  Clean Energy Advocate Julie Carlton stated, “We have found that people better understand green and sustainable practices when they actually see them, so we decided to establish our first annual Green Homes Tour. In our quest to provide “best practice” examples, we contacted hybridCore Homes because we heard they had just built a home in our City that had many green and sustainable features.” “Once we reviewed their home, we were astonished at the innumerable measures that were incorporated in the hybridCore Home,” Carlton said.“The growing awareness of global climate change is increasing the desire for consumers and industry to find ways to reduce their carbon footprints” stated Shaun Faber, a Co-founder and General Managing Partner of California based hybridCore Homes. Contained in the Core are the more costly areas associated with homebuilding, including the “wet” areas, such as the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area, including kitchen appliances, fixtures, cabinets and countertops relating to these areas. After the Core is placed on the homesite foundation, carpenters build the rest of the home around it, adding bedrooms, living rooms, the roof, shingles and gutters. “We call these the dry areas of the home” said Faber. “These are the easiest and most cost effective parts of the home to build on site” Faber stated.

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Washington DC Modular/PreFab Home 2011 Solar Decathlon video report

September 29th, 2011 Comments off has been reporting recently on some of the entries in the 2011 Solar Decathlon that is taking place on the National Mall in Washington DC. Once every two years, the Solar Decathlon competition takes place. Teams in the 2011 Solar Decathlon include entries from California, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, Belgium, Canada, China and New Zealand, to name a few. These homes are made using prefabricated (pre-fab) or modular construction, and must be all electric, transportable and must be solar powered. This video report gives you a quick sense of some of the forward thinking ideas and innovations that could shape and influence the factory built housing market for years to come. The Solar Decathlon also is a platform that makes factory built homes

(Video credit: Inhabitat and YouTube)

Prefabs under 200 square feet, for $20,000 – $30,000

September 29th, 2011 Comments off

Sett-Studio-exterior-568x380 credit jetsongreenJetsongreen reports on a variation our previously reported ‘tiny house’ trend. Austin, TX based Sett Studio is building a line of prefab studios that are 97 to 192 square feet in size. Sett’s modern design with energy-efficient construction can be used as a home office, art studio, exercise or meditation space, kids room, game room, or guest room.  A Sett Studio can be purchased for about $20,000 – $30,000. The model shown features an interior application of Monotread, a milled OSB made from fast-growing, sustainably-harvested wood.  On the outside, the tiny studio can be finished with Hardie siding, charred wood, or stainless metal shingles. A Sett Studio is built using Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) and Energy Star windows.  Construction takes some 45 days with installation finished in a about two days. Transportation costs are between $500-$3,000 depending on where the studio is shipped.  If building permits are necessary, Sett Studio can provide architectural drawings for an additional fee.

(Editor’s note: You can learn more about the modular and prefabricated “Tiny House” movement by inserting the keywords Tiny House into the search box of the Daily Business News near the top right of the advertisers module on this webpage.)

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Chinese home builders targeting U.S., Canadian markets

August 5th, 2011 Comments off

Chinese_modulars,_container_home_construction posted Chinese factory home and office builders are targeting world markets, including “North America.” Western style literature uses key buzz words: low cost construction, green building, sustainable, easy transport and rapid installation. They build to Europe’s CE standards, Australia’s AS and the UL standards for North America. They produce container houses, prefab and modular house construction. Offices and housing for mineral and “oil camps,” power station, civil facilities are part of their offerings.  The homes are shipped in containers.  2 man teams are said to be able to assemble the home in two days.   Some floor plans resemble single section HUD Code configurations.  The homes can be single or multiple levels.  Some look like HUD Code multi-sectional manufactured homes once erected and installed.

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Clean Tech Tiny House sited near San Jose city hall

August 5th, 2011 Comments off

Clean_Tech_Tiny_House_photo_courtesy_of_jetsongreen_posted_MHMSM.com_MHProNews.com_.pngJetsongreen reports that New Avenue Homes, has sited a Clean Tech tiny home on display in San Jose. This particular home is only 500 square feet, reminiscent to space use at an Ikea store display. There is a living, kitchenette, bedroom, walk in closet, bath, loft for sleeping, storage and a deck. The standard prefabricated home would cost about $70,000 to build and permit. Upgrades would be extra. This particular display is near San Jose’s city hall. New Avenue is the builder of the NZE tiny house in Berkeley. They also build backyard cottages.


(photo credit: jetsongreen)