Q: What is a modular home?
A: Prefabricated buildings or houses that consist of factory-built sections called modules that are built off-site and delivered to the site for final set and finish.
Q: What are the advantages to modular construction for housing?
A: Stronger, better quality structure than traditionally built, better energy efficiencies, shorter construction time, quicker implementation, lower risk of safety incidents and typically less environmental impact on the construction site.
Q: What qualifies as multi-family housing?
A: Multi-family housing is a building unit comprised of different families living in separate housing units. Most common types of multifamily are apartment buildings and townhomes.
Q: What are the main drivers of modular offsite construction?
A: Labor shortage of skilled trades and construction workers, as more retire and less come through trades programs; Lower productivity gains in traditional construction vs other industries; Increasing need for shorter construction schedules to meet housing demand, greater need for accountability in terms of sustainability and resource waste, Increased housing costs due to the reasons above.
Q: Are modular homes the same as manufactured homes?
A: Manufactured homes and modular homes are both built in a factory environment. However, that is where the similarity ends. Manufactured homes are built to a federal HUD code, while modular homes are built to the state or local residential building codes.