October 6, 2022

Are modular homes making a comeback?

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Start this week with a short conversation. About mobile homes, manufactured and modular homes Exciting, friends? All three of these types of homes have bad flaws based on the (generally) poorly built factory homes of the mid to late 20th century. Let’s start with the definitions. (Because I really don’t know the difference between the three)

Modular homes or prefabricated houses are built off-site in the factory. They are then final assembled and connected to utilities (if required) at the building site.These structures are permanently attached to the foundation and once installed These structures are similar to houses built on other sites. in form and use and are generally built to meet or exceed all local building codes.

This is where it gets a bit complicated. Although modular homes are similar to manufactured homes Technically, however, there are differences. First, manufactured homes are generally confined to certain demarcated areas. and built using a different set of codes than traditional and modular homes. There is also a legal definition of what type of property each type of home is. I won’t go into all the details here. But for a detailed explanation go straight to this tool bank Description. Plus, you’d be surprised that the internet has a shocking level of bunnies in this regard.

Even if the previous reputation was disgraceful. But modular homes are making a comeback in the 21st century. I would argue that this is the confluence of many issues.

one… The world lacks housing. In the US alone, experts address housing shortages everywhere. Between 1.5 million and 4 million unitsOur friendly neighbors in the north need their own housing stocks to climb by. about 3.5 million units by 2030 to support all Canadians on a budget Modular homes are another way to fill the living spaces. In addition to current practices that are still prominent in North America. Another way to put We need both/and a suite of solutions to fill the housing gap.

two… The labor shortage has a heavy impact on the construction industry. There are 300,000 to 400,000 open construction jobs in the United States monthly and Estimated Home Builder Institute The industry will need to add 740,000 new construction workers each year over the next three years to keep up with demand and compensation for attrition and retirement. This shocking number coupled with the unemployment rate in the US at historical lows in the past Together, they create a tricky problem. How do you recruit more educated citizens to do labor-intensive and time-consuming work?

Part of the answer may lie in modular homes. standardization of parts Climate-controlled environments for buildings and modern technological advances (such as robotics and automated parts sorting) mean that today’s modular homes can be built with fewer people. It seems a win-. win for both issues placed above.

three… energy efficiency and electricity consumption. Modern modular homes are not the cheap and leaky homes of the past. More on this point as we discuss the case studies below. So please keep reading. They tend to be the high-tech homes of the future we’ve all been waiting for.

four… moving towards a more circular economy As I wrote earlier The construction industry is extremely wasteful. While we are working in certain areas to reduce that waste. Factory-built panels and full rooms/houses provide great opportunities to reduce waste. Imagine being able to use them all the same. Segmentationcutting optimization for framing materials and Zero waste production The current approach is done in other parts of the manufacturing sector to the building. The modular build platform also offers a standardization of parts kits while allowing customization through various (finish) options. All of these can be built on the same parts platform to standardize and avoid unnecessary cuts and wastage.

Another really interesting point. The (at least for this observer) about modular homes is that they offer enormous opportunities for buildings to transmit data. Data can go by many names and forms, but I mean a passport materialand digital twin or a similar layout that lets future users know what’s in their building. and how to reuse, reproduce or recycle Inventories of these parts and materials also help to ensure chemical transparency. which is the key to unlocking the circular economy of the future

Real Life Example: Dvele

If you’ve come this far You should also know at least one company working in this modern modular home era. Dvele opened a prefabricated house factory in 2018 to enter the home building industry which has been relatively stable for over 100 years. co-founder committed to “Disrupt the home building industry to create the smartest homes. healthiest They come from a background in building modular and traditional homes. So they have a deep understanding of the issues in the area and what they can improve.

collage of modular houses in stages  of the creation process

Since its inception, Dvele has added automation to its production lines. Use processes to maximize efficiency and productivity. and integrated bio-design. Additionally, every home the company sells uses electricity right out of the box. use all electricity and built to last more than 100 years. The house is built on a standard modular platform and the textures can be customized on their website through the platform. I followed the steps myself and found it quite satisfying. My favorite is the Baldwin Mini-home (430 square feet) in just seven steps. I can customize the exterior and interior of the house to my liking. And submit a request for timeline and expenses to the Dvele team. As I said, great! Easier than customizing a new car’s attributes.

Although the innovation here does not represent a full transformation of the housing structure. But the innovations happening in today’s modular housing space are ready to bring us closer together. If we want to make more housing have an affordable price and more circulating We will need root at the same time for companies like Dvele and others. to scale and achieve success while pushing them further to improve.

Also if you are interested in seeing pictures of other beautiful modular homes. Lets look at Gessato’s list. here. I’m a sucker for great architecture.

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