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Climate Change, Energy, Riots, and Manufactured Housing in Green Era

November 28th, 2018 Comments off



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If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma,
wait a minute and it’ll change

– Will Rogers (1879-1035)


There have been story lines in entertainment and news medias since at least the early 1990s about climate change or “global warming.” That the climate changes is a matter of fact. Temperatures in most places tend to rise after dawn, and tend to cool after sunset. It has been so for thousands of years before industrialization.  The earth has for ages gone through periods of warming and cooling.

Some prudent questions therefor ought to include:

  • how much of climate change is natural,
  • how much of it is caused by human activity, and
  • how much of that human activity is harmful?
  • How does this topic impact manufactured homes and other forms of factory-built housing, in this ‘green’ era?




Manufactured Housing in the Green Era

By way of disclosure, on the marketing side of our operations, we have pointed to the greener side of manufactured housing for all of the 2000s and into the 2010s.

Manufactured housing is greener in almost every sense than conventional construction.  Kevin Clayton of Clayton Homes is correct about the relatively low amount of wasted material that any factory-builder achieves, roughly two drums per housing unit. Lindsey Bostick at Sunshine Homes has touted LED lights and other green, energy-saving features in her own manufactured home with understandable pride and enthusiasm.

It is one of those points where independent or larger producers of manufactured homes or modular housing can agree upon.

In a state like California, energy-savings is mandated for builders. Steve Lefler is among those who has been promoting green modular, manufactured, and ‘tiny’ housing in his state for factory-builders, and their own company.  DOE Energy standards for HUD Code manufactured homes has been a hot topic for years.

Green is in.

But none of those factoids answers the question, how much of climate change is caused by human activity? Or how much harm is caused by so-called greenhouse gas or other emissions? What are the practical alternatives?

A popular radio talk show personality on 1430 AM joked some years back about coal-powered cars and trucks. Coal? Yes, because electric cars use electricity. At that time, roughly half of the electric capacity in the U.S. was generated from coal-fired electric plants.  By 2015, that share of coal-fired electric plants was down to about 30 percent, per the Washington Post.




Windmills have become more popular as a form of energy production. But ecologically serious people recognize that those wind powered turbines kill birds. That has consequences in nature too.  Solar power is not without its own environmental risks, nor is it as easy or as cost effective to use in various climates as others power sources can be.

In France, there have been riots for days as a result of the French President Emmanuel Macron government’s efforts to impose higher fuel taxes. Gas in France is already about $7.06 dollars a gallon, much of which are taxes.  Fuel will go higher under Macron’s ‘anti-climate change’ plan. Compare their cost in France for gas to about $2.70 average per gallon here in the U.S.




Would Americans riot too if gas prices suddenly shot up to over $7 a gallon?




Nuclear energy is a potential option that isn’t as discussed or used as it was prior to Chernobyl, Three Mile Island or the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.  But nuclear power is still a part of the U.S. and other nations’ energy mix.

It is natural gas here in the U.S. that to a significant degree surged to take up the slack of declining coal use. See the infographics for details.

People might enjoy roughing it on a camping trip for a few days. But millions of Americans camp in RVs. They use fuel or electricity almost the entire trip on such an outing.  The point is that not many want to go back to the pre-industrial or pre-electric energy era.  No one makes the news demanding a return to reading by candlelight.

To put this into a more industry-specific context, no factory works without energy.

So, energy costs are a built-in reality for HUD Code manufactured home or modular housing production. Energy costs are also part of site-building costs and are likewise a factor in for cost in producing 3D printed housing too.

Rephrased, higher fuel costs could dampen the sale of all housing, including manufactured housing.




With The Above Backdrop

So, there are a string of facts, such as those noted above, that must be recognized before getting into the debate over climate and energy.

It should also be noted that while this issue of climate has become a political football, kicked or tossed around by the major parties, that neither major party wants dirty air or dirty water.

When one major party, for example, demonizes their opponents inaccurately portraying falsehoods about energy or climate, that is unjustified.   Such stratagems as “smear and fear” perhaps reveals more about those who employ underhanded tactics than it does about those whom they wrongfully target.

The word “conservative” has become negative to those on the political left. Why? Isn’t the essence of green about the conservation of the planet and protecting natural resources?

Let’s note that low-cost energy is an economic driver for business, including manufactured housing. Lower energy costs also translates into more purchasing power, especially for those with a limited income.

With those thoughts, we now introduce the Praeger University video below on Climate Change, What Do Scientists Say?



The video rapidly explores the scientific, political and other factors in the climate change discussion, as presented by an atmospheric physicist.



While the nation isn’t all like Oklahoma, the whit and wisdom of Will Rogers has been adapted to other parts of the U.S. on this topic of climate.  Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes, quip some, and it will change. That’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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Larry Hall’s Ultra-Rich Hideaway for Global Disaster, Survival Condo

July 11th, 2017 Comments off

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The super-rich and ultra-paranoid are preparing for the breakup of civilisation by purchasing of apocalypse-safe bunkers worth millions of pounds,” says Yarra Elmasry, for U.K.’s Independent.

For Americans not used to seeing British spelling of certain words, their version of “civilization” is spelled correctly above.

It’s the survival not of civilization, but that of the elite with a few million to spare that this project target markets. While there are apparent uses of prefabricated elements being deployed underground, this strictly speaking isn’t an example of factory building.  But was so unique, the Daily Business News wanted to spotlight this for industry readers.

Larry Hall bought decommissioned nuclear silos in Kansas in 2008.  His vision?

To create a place where plagues, nukes, extreme weather or almost anything else one could imagine would be survivable for its residents for up to 5 years.

Hall has dubbed these underground flats, “Survival Condo.”


Larry Hall, credit, 60 Minutes, Independent.

With $20 million invested, the 75 units sell for 1.5 million to over $4 million dollar each.


Rendering of the interior of one model of the Survival Condo.

They company also offers a custom bunker, designed for the property owner who wants his Survival Condo on their personal local.

What we’re looking at is there’s an increasing array of threats like tornadoes and hurricanes and solar flares and pandemics and terrorism and food shortages,” Hall said in a 60 Minutes video interview.

There are so many things that happen every day all around the world and people are just hoping it doesn’t happen to them,” is the wind-up.  The close for his pitch? Hall ominously asked on 60 Minutes, “But what if it does?”

The company’s website asserts they “have the highest level of military grade security that offers both lethal and non-lethal measures in order [to] protect our residents.”


Got a few mil? Then yes, watersports are included for residents of a Survival Condo.

Elmasry says that “Were something to happen, swat-like trucks would pick owners up from up to 400 miles away, place them in their bunkers, and lock the doors. Hall’s first set of units sold out before construction ended in 2012. The second silo is 50 per cent complete, and construction will finish in the Autumn of next year 2018.”


Kansas-based Atlas Missile silo that was converted into survival condos. The lid is designed for 500 mile an hour winds. Those inside are – per the company – set for about 5 years of supplies.

What If…?

While it sounds interesting for those with megabucks, the curious may wonder – ‘what internet?’ – if a nuclear war hit.

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Gizmag says top sustainable housing includes prefabricated homes

November 28th, 2014 Comments off

top-sustainable-models-includes-prefabricated-homes-credit=gizmag-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Having a sustainable green home in today’s housing market can mean more than just having solar panels. It can often mean technology and better quality building components.

With sustainability and energy key buzz words, homebuyers are often looking to minimize environmental impact and total financial outlays. This can be done by using sustainable technology and materials, resulting in a boom for those seeking to drive architectural innovation.

According to a survey by Gizmag  of sustainable homes, a new line of high-end prefab houses called Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes (PATH) are emerging.

Designed by renowned French designer and architect Philippe Starck who recently teamed-up with Slovenian prefab firm Riko, one such PATH home line features multiple shapes and sizes, and a bold exterior boasting plenty of windows. Optional features using sustainability includes a roof-placed solar array, roof-based wind turbine, rainwater collection and filtration system.

The Fall House located on California’s Big Sur coastline, was designed by San Francisco’s Fougeron Architecture. This stylish home is also practical. The two story home has energy efficient windows includes automatic windows. A copper facade twill weather and patina over time given exposure to nearby ocean air. The copper is also offers a degree of fire-protection.

The Waste House gets its name because it was built from mostly re-usable materials that came from household and construction waste. For example, materials utilized in Waste House originally came from such items as toothbrushes and used carpeting. It is a sustainable construction project installed at the UK’s University of Brighton.

The Tighthouse is said to be the first certified passive house in New York City. Tighthouse is actually a 100 year old row home. Now completely renovated, it features energy efficient building materials, including solar panels and a heat ventilation system.

These are just a few examples of innovative pre-fab and remodeled housing which can be stylish and energy efficient for their home owners.

Factory built housing professionals tracking developments in green building, such as California based Modular Lifestyles off-grid homes, will want to explore how trends continue to evolve and impact the market and thus the manufactured and modular housing industries. ##

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