This Week In Manufactured Housing News: December 11th – December 17th

Manufactured housing news this week is all about construction: where it’s happening, when it’s happening and the benefits of pre-fab housing construction over the traditional site-based method. Read on to find predictions from builders about 2019 (manufactured) trends, brush up on the efficiency of factory-based construction and learn all about the growing number of architects with an affection for manufactured homes.

Out with the old (construction) and in with the new. This week, Fast Company asks, “Can new home building tech help solve the affordability crisis?” (Answer? Yes!) “As I talk with Holliday, it’s raining outside; any outdoor construction in the Bay Area has stopped, but it continues inside the factory. With full-time employees on staff, the process can also continue without the typical delays of a standard construction project. The project in West Oakland, which might normally have taken two years, is likely to be completed in eight to nine months instead.”

Mind on Design.
Even more developments from Great Britain, where famous architects are flocking to be a part of the pre-fab housing movement.

A (Manufactured) Re-Start for the Starter Home.
Builder Magazine meditates on how 2019 might be the year that the “starter home” gets reconceptualized, with manufactured housing playing a defining role in the process.

Manufactured Housing Preservation.
In local news, Curbed Seattle takes a look at the changing role of manufactured housing in the ever-expanding (and increasingly expensive) Seattle housing market.

Big Moves for Modular. Chicago-based company Skender has announced a new prototype for modular dwellings, office complexes and beyond, making the claim that they have “cracked the code” to widespread modular building success. “By designing, manufacturing and constructing modular buildings and building components, we can centralize and stabilize labor, standardize the assembly process and eliminate weather-related delays. This process will increase efficiency, shorten schedules, ensure consistent high quality and reduce costs—ultimately making new buildings affordable, even in our current environment of rising costs for labor and materials.”

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