Thursday, March 1, 2012


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, modular construction accounted for about five percent of all new homes built in 2010 up from just 3% only a few years ago.

Those  numbers appear poised to grow, with companies emphasizing sustainability starting up even amid the worst housing market since the Great Depression and others finding new markets for modular homes in cities, which have been less “friendly” towards modular construction than suburban and rural communities.

Modular housing built in a factory, trucked to a building site and its modules lifted into place by a crane not only makes economic sense, it makes environmental sense, too.

Almost nothing used in modular construction facility goes to waste. Unused strips of sheetrock are typically saved to reinforce the seams of walls. Lumber left over from creating wall studs and floor joists is re-cut for other purposes such as heating the factory floor. The smallest pieces of wood, copper and vinyl are recycled. One company even gives its sawdust to a local farmer for animal bedding.

As the overall number of new home contractors continues to dwindle, the opposite is true for the modular home industry.  More builders are looking to modular home factories to help them keep their costs under control and give them green and sustainability creds without having to invest a lot of money in training and inventory.

Things will continue to look up for our industry and hopefully I be able to report the 2012 saw another one or two percentage point increase.

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