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KODA – the 7-Hour Assembly Prefab

December 9th, 2016 Comments off

The Koda. Credit: Jetson Green.

Kodasema, an Estonia-based construction firm, wants your prefab home to be set and ready to go in record time.

The furnished house will come in three different models: ‘Koda for Living,’ ‘Koda for Studying,’ and ‘Koda for Working,’” said Taavi Jakobson, co-founder of Kodasema.

They will function as homes, classrooms, and offices respectively.

The 269 square-foot cubes can be assembled in less than seven hours, and disassembled in four hours.

According to Jetson Green, the homes features an open plan living and kitchen area, as well as a bathroom with a toilet and bath/shower on the ground floor. The second floor houses the bedroom and laundry room and the homes also boast of a number of sustainability and efficiency features.


Taavi Jakobson. Credit: Kodasema.

No on-site foundation is required and the Koda can be placed on several surfaces, as long as they are level.

Business Insider reports that 150 Kodas will available to order online in Estonia starting in late 2017, with prices starting at €120,000 (currently about $132,500 USD).



The company might expand sales internationally if we can manage to ramp up production,” said Jakobson.


The Daily Business News has covered newer Prefab homes recently, including the work done by Revolution PreCrafted Homes, where Eric Trump sits on the board of directors. ##


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Ikea Style “Flat-Pack” Homes – the Answer to Australia’s Housing Shortage?

October 4th, 2016 Comments off

Inside of a Big World Home. Credit: Big World Homes

Sydney architect Alex Symes believes that he has the answer to combat Australia’s housing shortage and sustainability and housing shortage issues.

Symes, founder of Big World Homes, describes his concept as IKEA on steroids. He says that a drill, hammer and wrench are all that’s needed to put together the 37 panels that make up the 13.75 square meter (148 square foot) home. It arrives on the back of a trailer.

The tiny home phenomenon will be familiar to Daily Business News and MHProNews readers as well as our coverage of the future of Hybrid Pre-Fab homes.

It has all its water tanks; we have two potable water tanks, we’ve got one grey water tank, so all the waste water effectively comes to the grey water tank, you add an additive to it and then effectively that’s safe to go on your garden,” said Symes.


Big World Homes Founder Alex Symes. Credit: Big World Homes

We’ve got the gas cylinders for cooking and also for hot water heating, [and] we’ve got batteries at the back — they’re linked to the solar PV and that’s effectively what runs all your lights.

ABC Australia says that Australians live in the biggest homes in the world, “averaging 89 square meters” (sic) (957 square feet). and owning a home is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many Australians.  While other sources assert that the land down under do have larger homes than those in the number 2 nation – the United States – ABC Australia‘s published statistic is an error, clarified by the chart below. The average size house in the U.S. and Australia are both over 2,000 square feet.


The Big World Homes flat-pack home design costs AU$65,000 ($49,875 USD) and includes everything needed to build and operate the home. The only thing missing is the land to build the homes on.

We actually need to be able to curate land, big blocks of land, say brownfield sites or other pieces of open land in which we can host these big world communities,” said architect Tim Horton.

These pop-up communities where people who want to, say, spend a couple of years saving for a deposit or have a more flexible approach to their housing lifestyle can live on site on these curated communities.


A flat-pack home. Credit: ABC Australia

Horton told ABC Australia that tiny homes are a part of a worldwide movement and China is already printing 3D homes.

This is happening around the world. WikiHouse chapters occur in every state of Australia. Big in the U.S. Big in the UK,” he said.

Big World Homes in some ways is Australia’s answer to this — a home-grown version.” ##

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Green Courte Announces Vice President

October 9th, 2013 Comments off

Green Courte Partners, LLC of Lake Forest, Illinois announces the appointment of Susan A. Rowe to head the firm’s sustainability initiatives dealing specifically with manufactured housing communities and parking facilities. According to, Ms. Rowe will represent Green Courte at the Real Estate Roundtable’s Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee and at the Green Parking Council. A member of the Urban Land Institute, Ms. Rowe has a BS and an MS in management, as MHProNews has learned.

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Aussies Banking on Factory-Built

August 19th, 2013 Comments off

Down Under, again: From a two-room self-contained Quickshack for a home office, teenage space, or a grandparent home to single and multistory modular housing for students, hospitals and hotels, Quicksmart (QSH) designs and engineers all products in house. The company makes a range of pods, modules, and hybrids as well as the Quickshack, with an emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency. MHProNews knows there are a lot of factory-built housing projects in Australia. Some of it is driven by the large energy exploration companies who need workforce housing, but much of the land mass is remote, making modular or manufactured housing more practical than site-built.

(Photo credit: Quicksmart–Quickshack and modular hospital room.)

Construction of World’s Tallest Building (Modular) on Hold

July 26th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews published June 19, 2012 regarding the Broad Group’s plan to build the tallest skyscraper in the world using modular construction, the July 20, 2013 groundbreaking in China’s Hunan Province was a festive affair but short-lived: Local government officials suspended the project allegedly because the Broad Group did not have a building permit. The 2,749 foot tall building, with 220 floors, termed Sky City, will withstand a 9.0 earthquake, according to the builders, who did assemble a 30-story modular hotel in 15 days working round the clock. Bloomberg reports it may be that local officials will be overruled by the Chinese Communist Party, which has an eye on projecting a national vitality to its citizens and the outside world. However, the last thing China wants, especially in light of current real estate conditions in the country due to an economic slowdown, is another empty building. Original plans said the extent of sustainability in the construction process would result in energy use one-fifth of a comparable building, and that the structure would be completed by Jan. 2013. The government does see modular construction as the future of urban residential development, and the monster building, said to accommodate 100,000, may yet see the light of day.

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Clayton-Bradley Academy Opens July 19

May 22nd, 2013 Comments off

Following an article MHProNews posted April 1 regarding Clayton Homes CEO Kevin Clayton partnering with teacher Patricia Bradley to open a STEM school (science, technology, engineering, and math), knoxnews says classes are on track to start July 19, with Bradley as principal. The Clayton-Bradley Academy will begin with 140 students in K-6 and add a grade each year until it becomes K-12. Sited on the grounds of Clayton Homes in Maryville, Tenn., stressing the importance of education Clayton says quality education attracts people who want good schools for their children, and that in turn draws businesses into the community. “Ultimately that keeps property taxes lower because you’ve got companies who pay the majority of your property taxes, which lowers it for everyone else,” Clayton said. “I’ve found it to be true. If you want low property taxes, invest in schools.” While funding for the school has been completed for this year, the non-profit will field a fund raising drive to insure sustainability as the school expands. Noting the academy will integrate music, English, and the arts into its core subjects, and draw on a project-based learning approach, Bradley says, “We want to move learning from the knowing part of learning to using it in real life. We want to use that connection.” Clayton Homes is the largest producer of manufactured housing in North America.

(Photo credit: J. Miles Cary/knoxnews)

Modern Mod in Latin America

October 23rd, 2012 Comments off

SmartPlanet informs MHProNews from Buenos Aires, Argentina prefabricated housing has meant low cost housing for years in Latin America. Additionally, labor is very low cost, so stacking bricks to make a home is relatively inexpensive. Sebastian Koltan has developed a galvanized steel-framed modular house with distinctive sustainability features: polyurethane foam-filled walls, solar water heater, water cachement for greywater and low energy consumption LED lights. Customers can add modules in multiple configurations for a larger home, and increase energy efficiency features however they wish, with prices starting around $150 a square foot. The modular unit has generated a lot of interest in people wanting a second home in the country or at the beach.

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Actor and 1950s Developer Inspire Modern Modular

February 17th, 2012 Comments off

USAToday tells sustainable, energy-efficient home-building has increased in the wake of actor Brad Pitt’s founding of Make It Right, a response to the housing needs of victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Living Homes of California has developed a modular 1,232 square foot home with three bedrooms and two baths that sells for $179,000, not including the transportation, assembly, site preparation or permits. The home is built around a courtyard to take advantage of natural light. Part of the proceeds from each modular home benefit Mr. Pitt’s non-profit. Living Homes’ CEO Steve Glenn says this C6 model is “less than half the cost of our lowest cost home,” and that his company has learned a great deal from Cavco Industries, the company that constructs the homes, and from Make it Right, about sustainability and energy efficiency. The inspiration for the C6 home comes from Joe Eichler, a developer who built modern homes in California in the 1950s and 60s.

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Prefab Steel House Slated to be Shined

November 8th, 2011 Comments off

ConnecticutCollege reports its steel prefabricated house in New London, CT, manufactured by General Houses, Inc., of Chicago will be disassembled and shipped to Milner + Carr in Philadelphia, where each panel will be cleaned and restored. Built in 1933 for Winslow Ames, founding director of the New London Lyman Allyn Art Museum, it was gifted to the school in 1949, and occupied as faculty housing until 2004. With grants from the state and private sources, the panels will be made rust resistant, and the building will be reassembled in the spring on campus and used for student-centered activities relating to sustainability and the environment. Another prefabricated house on campus was restored in 1990. The steel house is a very early example of modern architecture in the United States,” said Abigail Van Slyck, associate dean of the faculty and the Dayton Professor of Art History at Connecticut College. “These houses are rare, and this restoration project will ensure that we don’t lose this important piece of American history. Both of the College’s prefabricated houses were built to be single family homes, and they have very small footprints,” Van Slyck said. “They can serve as inspiration for green living.”

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Canadian Builders Tout Modular Building Equal to Conventional

March 14th, 2011 Comments off

Canada’s Journal of Commerce says that modular housing can qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification just as much as stick-built construction.  Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute (MBI), says, “Any project that can be site built can be more efficiently built off site.”  Overspray and material off-gassing are more controlled, resulting in better indoor environmental quality.  The structural insulated panels with R-values up to R-45 realize a 50 percent better energy savings over a wood-frame construction.  Mike Huggins, of Burrows Huggins Architects, stacked 50 recycled 2010 Olympic Village modular units, each 12 by 50 feet, to create a 100-room LEED Silver facility.  The hydronic heating system comes from a mat of capillary tubes set into the plaster between the ceiling joists to make the ceiling a large radiant panel.  Says Huggins, “The modules are easily recycled, which may not result in LEED points, but supports sustainability.”