Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Infill is Becoming a Big Part of Modular Home Construction

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new report examining residential construction trends in America’s metropolitan regions, which finds that nearly three out of four large metropolitan regions saw an increased share of new housing development in previously developed areas during 2005 - 2009 compared to 2000 - 2004.

Known as infill housing, this type of development provides economic and public health benefits to metropolitan areas while protecting the local environment. Infill housing saves money and energy by taking advantage of previous investments in existing infrastructure (such as water, sewer, and roads). This type of development can also help preserve open space, protect natural resources, and reduce transportation emissions and the amount of polluted stormwater washing off new roadways and other paved surfaces.

An Excel Homes urban infill project

Infill housing is a perfect place for modular home construction to make huge gains. Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, NY is just the beginning of what developers can achieve with modular. Effective cost control and uniform construction methods as well as green and energy savings are now in modular housing’s corner.

The findings of the report demonstrate that infill has become a significant portion of the U.S. housing market.  Among all 209 metropolitan regions examined, 21 percent of new homes were infill, while the remaining share was built on undeveloped land outside existing communities.  Seventy-one percent of large metropolitan regions saw an increased share of infill housing development.  Among 51 large metropolitan regions examined in this study, 36 saw an increased share of infill housing development during 2005-2009 compared to 2000-2004. For example, eight out of ten new homes in San Jose, Calif. were infill. New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco all saw a majority of new home construction in previously developed areas during the same time period.

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