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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 18 to June 25, 2017

June 25th, 2017 Comments off

The New June 2017 articles on the MHProNews.com home page are live, with the full line up on display at this link here.

If you’ve been super busy, traveling, have been on vacation, or are new to the Daily Business News  on MHProNews, welcome to our weekly recap of the Manufactured Housing Industry’s News, Tips and Views that Pros Can Use.” ©

 

 

Let’s start with what’s New on MHLivingNews.com

At Death, What do You do with a Mobile or Manufactured Home?

Highlights of What’s New on MHProNews.com and the Daily Business News

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

 

 

 

Rendering of unrelated modular home in San Bernardino, for illustration purposes, Credit: Express Modular

City Expanding Affordable Housing

 Friday, June 23, 2017

The Homeless are Finding Benefactors in Many Cities

Skyline Investor Move$ Spotlight; Other MH Stocks, Broader Markets Mixed

 

 

Senior Staff Shakeup at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)?

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Are Americans Hunting for the Single Sectional Manufactured Home Alternative?

Competitive Enterprise Institute Grades Trump on Energy, Domestic Policies

 Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

Huge Loss to Affordable Housing Stock May Be in Offing

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Investor$ Big Move$ – LPX Spotlight; Tricon, LCI lead, NOB, SKY Bleed

Free Resource for Retailers, Communities, Your Customers and Residents

Jana Kasperkevic, Tiny Houses, Manufactured Homes & Financing

USDA Celebrating National Home Ownership Month

 Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 

Fearful Residents Ask, “Are There Murderers Living Here?”

Modular Housing Scandal? HUD Investigating, Senator McCain Blasts, Wants Reforms

Insider Trades, UMH – Carlyle Surges, Skyline Slips

‘CFPB Rectal Exam,’ Congressman Stresses Need for Credit & Financial Reform, Manufactured Home Pros React

 

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Is this MH Community Owner, Plus Thousands of Others, Unwittingly Waiving Rights Under Federal Law?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

 

Summit Homes, Clayton Subsidiary, Donates to St Jude’s, Skyline JUMP$

Datacomp Releases Another JLT Manufactured Home Community – June 2017 Rent, Occupancy Reports, for Seven Markets

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Posh, Massive New Manufactured Home Community Being Developed

War Talk Worries? How Is It Impacting Markets?

National Home Ownership Month, MSU Tornado Researcher-Mark Skidmore-Touts Manufactured Homes as “Great” Option

 

Monday June 19, 2017

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Why Cavco Bought Lexington Homes, per Joe Stegmayer – CG, AMG, MHCV Up

Consolidation? Not just Manufactured Housing, Look at Banking – Similar Causes?

Starting Today, it’s Prosperity Now, CFED’s Rebranding

Michael Geller, Making a Home for Manufactured Housing, a Vision for America

 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News June 11 to June 18, 2017

 

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Michael Geller, Making a Home for Manufactured Housing, a Vision for America

June 19th, 2017 Comments off

SageCreekCommunityWestKelownaBCVancouverSunManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews530x429Europeans, Asians, Canadians and others world-wide are among those who come to the U.S. – and/or research online – about the differences and similarities between their version of factory crafted housing with what is found here in the United States.

That same exercise is useful in reverse.  It’s helpful to understand what other nations do that may prove to have valuable insights for manufactured and modular home builders here in the U.S.

Geller on Factory Home Building

Architect Michael Geller shared his experiences of the recent 2017 Manufactured Housing Association of British Columbia’s annual conference. Geller’s column in the Vancouver Sun began with the headline, “Making a Home for Manufactured Housing.”

Geller’s thoughts will be explored below, after context is provided.

Let’s note that Geller nailed all of the terminology. MHProNews, and MHLivingNews readers are routinely reminded how useful it is to properly describe our homes, because it elevates the value proposition to all those who are listening or reading.

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Snapshot from Canada’s Versions of Factory Building

For those not familiar with Canada’s version of manufactured housing, they have a code known as Z240 that their homes are built to, roughly analogous to the HUD Code for manufactured housing in the U.S.

As in the states, Canadian modular are built to the same standards as conventional housing, which like Z240s, are built in a controlled environment.

Specifically, the Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI) says, “Regardless of how or where a building is constructed, the authority having jurisdiction (e.g. the municipality) where the building will be located has a mandate to confirm that the building is built to code requirements. A certification label, indicating compliance with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards, is the building inspector’s assurance that the factory-constructed parts of the building meet local requirements.”

Code References to Z240 MH Series Manufactured Homes

Some building codes state that homes constructed in compliance with Z240 MH Series are “exempt” from the code. In effect, this means that homes constructed to the standard are deemed to comply with the code. Local authorities rely on the Z240 MH label to confirm acceptability.”

If you look at the statistics in the CMHI statistical reports document, linked here, and adjust for the population difference between the U.S. and Canada, it seems that the Canadians could be doing better than their U.S. counterparts.  Their annual report has more data than their U.S. counterparts typically do.

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About Geller

Simon Fraser University says that “Michael Geller is an architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer with four decade’s experience in the public, private, and institutional sectors. His company, The Geller Group is active in real estate consulting and property development. Current activities include land use planning, feasibility studies, and development approvals for a variety of large and small projects around Metro Vancouver.”

As you consider Canadian vs. U.S. shipment totals, bear in mind that Canada’s population is about 11% of that in the U.S. So, to get a comparable, apples to apples sense, multiply their shipments by 8.91 and you’ll see that their shipment totals look to be higher percentage wise than HUD Code manufactured housing is here in the U.S.

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With that Backdrop, Highlights from Michael Geller’s Expertise

Imagine if cars were built like houses,” says Geller.

I thought about the differences between building cars and houses on a recent tour of a Kelowna manufactured housing factory organized as part of the 2017 Manufactured Housing Association of British Columbia’s annual conference,” he said. “I was invited to offer the perspective of an architect and developer on factory-built housing to an audience comprising manufacturers, dealers, transporters and government officials,”

Geller explained his history, and the interest than – and now – with homes that could be relocated if needed, but typically would stay in their original location once sited.

I have had a longstanding interest in manufactured housing dating back to 1970 when I was one of seven architectural students from across Canada to win a CMHC travelling scholarship. Our travels took us across the U.S. with guide Warren Chalk, one of the founding members of Archigram, an avant-garde 1960s British architectural group, with projects that included Plug-in-City, a massive framework into which modular dwellings could be slotted and removed.”

Back then, Geller spent weeks learning and promoting the early days of factory built housing.

For six weeks,” he said, “we toured mobile home parks and housing factories on a government initiative to promote manufactured housing on a major scale.”

As part of his thesis years ago, he proposed concepts he believed would be good for the industry and Canadian society.

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Image credits, Sage Creek website, a Canadian modular home community.

In my university thesis,” said Geller, “I focused on a factory-produced relocatable housing system, and proposed that just as schools set up portable classrooms, governments could install modular housing on vacant lots. This could then be relocated when the property was needed for redevelopment, effectively eliminating the cost of land.”

He gave examples of past projects and plans, then said, “In recent years, BC Housing and the City of Vancouver undertook a feasibility study of a concept to promote relocatable modular housing as an alternative to housing people in shelters.

In British Columbia (B.C.), “today, thousands of attractive permanent homes are being built in factories. Companies such as Triple M, Moduline, SRI and many other manufacturing plants are constantly improving assembly-line procedures to build complete homes in days, rather than weeks or months,” he says, using points familiar with professionals south of the U.S. Canadian line.

By building in climate-controlled settings, workers are not dealing with rain or snow,” he said. “Waste is considerably reduced, and consequently factory-built homes are cost-effective, environmentally smart, and able to be customized as on-site construction. For this reason, many of the PNE show homes have been built using modular construction.”

At the Kelowna conference, I learned there are two basic types of factory-built housing: manufactured homes and modular-built homes.”

What follows would be wonderful if American public officials and media reported as accurately as did Geller.

Manufactured homes are typically constructed on a steel frame in one or two sections and are virtually complete when they leave the factory. Thus, they are ready for move-in the same day or a few days after arriving on the site. These homes can be installed on simple foundations and even relocated, although most are never moved from their original site,” he wrote.

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Image credits, Sage Creek website, a Canadian modular home community.

He notes that the homes can be placed on crawl spaces or over a full basement.  Many in the U.S. tend to forget that concrete slab construction can be harder on the body. So the type of building that manufactured and modular homes produces is not only more economical, it can be healthier too.

Modular-built homes do not have a steel frame,” (Editor’s note to American readers; in the U.S. you can have on-frame as well as off-frame modular building). Geller said, “A typical bungalow consists of one or two modules, while multi-storey homes or buildings are created with multiple modules. These homes are typically set on full-perimeter foundations with a crawl space or even a full basement.”

Geller wraps with surprise, but a prediction for future acceptance and growth.

While I am surprised that factory-produced housing is not more popular in Canada, expect this to change, since it is cost-effective, energy- and resource-efficient, and well suited to a variety of housing forms. It could be an affordable solution for infill and laneway housing, and multi-storey apartments.”

Imagine if houses were built like cars.”

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Modular Housing Continues in Vancouver

December 31st, 2013 Comments off

According to vancouversun.com, modular housing and container housing will continue to expand in Vancouver in 2014, but will be joined by other innovative styles including duplexes, coach houses and stacked housing. Row houses offer the individuality of being distinct from a condo, but as a high-density form, fit well in single-family neighborhoods, and will become more prevalent, MHProNews has learned. As this British Columbia, Canada city becomes increasingly popular, attracting people from other parts of the globe, as well as Canada, housing costs will continue to rise, leading to more smaller homes.

(Photo credit: Wincrief Homes, Canada)

Modular Housing Sprouting in Vancouver

August 9th, 2013 Comments off

While two different projects are underway in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada utilizing shipping containers to make modular housing, Frank Lo of MC Quarters Corp. wants to build more affordable housing in the city using the containers. His company builds modular workforce housing for logging and mining camps as well as affordable housing for Australian aboriginals. He supplied the containers for one of the Vancouver projects, a 12-unit complex for low income women, and says each of the 290 square foot apartments cost $82,500. A nearby traditional-build apartment with 320 square foot units cost $220,000 each. The vancourier tells MHProNews the city is seeking innovative ways to provide affordable housing.

(Photo credit: Ron Medvescek/arizonadailystar–modular home built from shipping containers)

Modular Builder and First Nation Collaborate

June 4th, 2013 Comments off

Modular builder Britco of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has entered into a partnership with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to create some mutually beneficial business opportunities. As newswire.ca tells MHProNews, the First Nation is comprised of 500 members who live along the shores of the Burrard Inlet in N. Vancouver, BC. With headquarters in Langley, BC, Britco is a subsidiary of WesternOne Inc., and one of the largest modular construction companies in the industry with over 1,000 employees in Canada, Australia and the U. S. The company and the First Nation will rent and sell temporary and permanent buildings for housing, offices, daycares, and senior accommodations. Mike Ridley, President of Britco, says, “We are looking forward to working closely with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to provide sustainable modular building solutions on major projects in and around the region.”

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Modular Housing in Vancouver BC?

July 6th, 2012 Comments off

Calling the high cost of affordable housing the “single biggest obstacle to making Vancouver a more livable city,” Vancouver, British Columbia’s Mayor Gregor Robinson set up a competition to garner ideas for solutions, the Vancouver Sun tells MHProNews.com. The Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability received 68 entries, including drawings from Turkey, New York, Ireland, and the Netherlands as well as from local designers and architects. The designs vary from modular units with gardens on the roofs—”Make the roof pay for the house”–to floating apartment complexes, recycled shipping containers, and a castle-like compound. Green roofs, solar panels for energy, and pod-like housing were common themes. The proposals are on display for public viewing. A jury will decide the winning entry later this month.

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Low-income Modular Units Rising in Vancouver

April 13th, 2012 Comments off

Straightonline from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada tells us the city council is set to vote on a set of two modular three-story housing complexes totalling 12 units, half of which will be for marginalized young women and the other half for older women who it is hoped can mentor the younger women in an inter-generational setting. The dwellings are being re-constructed from shipping containers at a cost of $92,000, and if approved, will be habitable by summer. Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver says, “This is the kind of creative housing partnership we need in Vancouver, and I’m hopeful that City Council will unanimously support it next week.”

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Vancouver Providing Homeless with Modular Units

March 17th, 2011 Comments off

CKNW980AM radio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, reports the city is installing a series of modular units on the east side of downtown to provide homes for homeless people.  Vision Vancouver Councilor Kerry Jang said this may be an inexpensive way to continue to address homelessness in Vancouver.  The homes are being privately donated.