MODULAR GENERAL CONTRACTOR CHALLENGES DISCRIMINATION FROM CITY OFFICIALS IN GAINESVILLE GEORGIA GOVERNER PERDUE MAKES CHANGES TO LAWS.

 MODULAR GENERAL CONTRACTOR CHALLENGES DISCRIMINATION FROM CITY OFFICIALS IN GAINESVILLE GEORGIA GOVERNER PERDUE MAKES CHANGES TO LAWS.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Despite urging from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to protect systems-built home construction, Gainesville city officials turned their backsBy Donita Carter

  GAINESVILLE, GA - “Troublemaker” is one name Gainesville city officials could call the CEO of Building Systems Network, Grant Smereczynsky.  Others who know him and support his efforts in bringing new building technologies to the public and commercial markets and attempting to exercise protection provided by Georgia law for systems-built (industrialized) homes, call him a “rebel with a cause.” 

  While BSN’s CEO was trying to level the playing field for site-built and systems-built homes, he was coming up against UN constitutional and discriminatory rulings, which have resulted in one option: Smereczynsky was down to fighting Gainesville City Hall. Well the fight is over and it’s 100% official  our Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue  has officially signed a revised and clearer form of the current housing law so even the City of Gainesville GA can understand it now. GA House Bill 516 was signed and officially became LAW on May 20th 2010 the revised rules allow Modular built Industrlized products an even playing field with its site built product.

 “Understand the modular product is very important and should be a choice that every consumer makes The Taliban government that our armed forces dismantled in Afghanistan was told its residents how to dress, eat, worship and spend their free time. But not even the fundamentalist mullahs forbid certain kinds of housing. But that’s what the City of Gainesville, Georgia had done in their Taliban-like wisdom, by outlawing modular construction in residential areas-thereby depriving its residents of a faster, less expensive and better way to build but no more says Smereczynsky” 

  Modular construction is built, inspected and quality certified in factories, using the latest computer-aided tools and technology. They are then transported to the job site and erected on a permanent foundation in as little as a day using a crane, a far less disruptive process than site building

  Modular construction arrives on the building site up to 85% complete. This can shave the construction cycle time by more than two-thirds when compared to building on site the old fashioned way. Consumers are able to move into their new home just two or three months after signing a contract, dramatically reducing interest on construction financing and adding predictability to what is often an unpredictable process.

  Less construction time and less construction cost because each module, or section, is built in a factory, which can order supplies in bulk. Plus, a secure factory setting cuts back on theft of materials from sites, which can account for about 3 percent of construction costs.

  Sturdy construction is required because modules can be trucked for miles on less-than-perfect roads and should arrive undamaged. Modules typically use 4-by-6 boards, and the Sheetrock is glued and screwed.

  Factory construction gives modular homes a solid green pedigree. They are well insulated, they can be positioned on the building site to benefit from passive solar energy and they routinely meet Energy StarTM requirements, a government program to reduce energy costs by 30% (and reduce consumer utility costs dramatically).

  This sustainable stance is augmented with little job site waste, reduced cleanup costs and less waste in your local landfill. Contrast this with traditional site building and its requirement for multiple trips to the site by contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and building inspectors, which increases traffic, air pollution and the emission of green house gasses. Plus, site builders generate an average of 8,000 pounds of waste per home, according to the National Association of Home Builders, that goes directly into your local landfill.

   The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confirmed that modular homes withstood a hurricane far better than site built housing. In its report “Building Performance: Hurricane Andrew in Florida,” assessment teams from FEMA concluded that modular homes withstood the 131-155 mph winds of the Category 4 storm in August of ‘92 far better than site built housing.

“Overall, relatively minimal structural damage was noted in modular housing developments. The module-to-module combination of units appears to have provided an inherently rigid system that performed much better than conventional residential framing. This was evident in both the transverse and longitudinal directions of the modular buildings,” according to the report.

So now you can make the choices that this country allows and looking into the benefits of Modular construction is a OK even in Gainesville Ga. For more information on modular products look into http://www.buildingsystemsystemsnetwork.com/

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Modular architectural designs

Its important to keep your architects and AEs up to speed on modular construction. What do you say to those unwilling to explore alternative methodologies because they feel that design is limited?
My initial answer to this question is simple. I would tell any design professional, whether an architect, an engineer, or an architectural engineer, who may dismiss modular construction because they feel it limits design that, in my opinion, it is the other way around: NOT exploring alternative techniques and processes such as prefabrication, preassembly, modularization, and off-site fabrication actually limits design more.
 So why consider modular?  When builders, developers and investors can shorten their project’s construction timeline, meet accelerated deadlines, reduce labor resources, build “green” while increasing safety and sustainability, there is a winning combination leading to a streamlined and successful project.  Isn’t that what we are all striving for? 

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Modular Multi-Use construction

Another example to point out is student housing.  A shorter construction timeline is a major advantage. Off-site construction and a faster completion mean less disruption on campus. Permanent-modular construction allows colleges to meet deadlines associated with semester schedules and capture revenue from rents, rather than losing students due to lack of housing. Other advantages to touch upon are flexibility of design, volume purchases of materials are made from the manufacturer directly, reducing drastic mark-ups and the cost of middlemen.Permanent-modular buildings rival conventional built structures in durability and lifespan, and can be designed to blend into the architecture of a campus, multifamily complex, seniors housing facility etc.

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Green comercial construction Multi-Use

When site preparation and foundations are complete, the pre engineered and state inspected and pre approved units arrive by trucks. Each box of the developers building is set in place by a commercial crane using a specific engineered lifting system and joined with the next at the site then the units are then given to the General Contractor to finish the trim out and utility connections and services. Construction time of the process is approximately one-third less than traditional construction, in our experience, allowing developers to earn a return on the investment sooner and minimizing exposure to risks. Those risks include the investor lender. By using a modular partner for the main construction you have less trade issues which include quality control vandalism and insurance of job cost and bonding requirements and it’s costs. Permanent-modular construction can be easily converted to be certifiable at several LEED levels at a much more cost-effective manner. Since the sectional units are manufactured in a controlled environment, the construction produces less waste materials.

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Modular construction is Green and always has been

Green construction a built-in component of modular construction, not a side benefit.  It permeates the entire process due to the controlled environment each unit is built in.  In brief, your new off site construction partner  ‘the modular plant” has design teams that are in house which include a fully staffed engineering team that will work closely with the developer to plan a building layout. Once the product is designed to the developer specifications and needs and expectations, production begins. One benefit of permanent modular construction is the use of the Parallel Construction process, where on-site and off-site work is performed simultaneously, instead of sequentially. There is minimal on-site staging for materials, since all or part of the structure arrives pre-constructed and ready to be installed.

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Comercial Modular Construction

The developer who uses modular construction will most likely have a finished product available for rent or purchase before competitors who are using on-site construction. The overall time required to create a modular project is considerably less than the average onsite construction job, which can often be riddled with delays due to weather. In addition to providing savings on interest, a short construction time allows for a faster reaction to market demand.  This fast construction process (crews can work 24/7 when on a tight deadline) means multifamily developers can receive up to 3-6  months of additional rent in some markets 8 to 12. For a property with 75 units renting at $1200.00 per month each, a savings of between $270,000 and $540,000 can be realized at the onset.  Add that to an average 10% reduction in construction cost in most markets means modular becomes that much more appealing for a project to begin with or it can be converted to Modular during the preliminary planning stages by the developer or owner.  The modular sections are constructed and are unit built in a controlled environment this eliminates “sick building syndrome” or toxic mold because the material are never wet, snowed upon or rained on (a deadline killer when inspections fail).  The more the media broadcasts the necessity of “green” products, the more consumers will demand it and will expect higher levels of quality.    

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Modular Mortage options

 As a developer the road of hard knocks taught me that a good mortgage broker is a necessity for a smooth transaction, especially when you know he or she understands changing market conditions and trends with more than surface knowledge.  Today’s volatile market changes, make it even more crucial for us to be aware of hardcore issues that capitalize on savings, money and completion time.  May I persuade you, as a Mortgage Broker, to keep modular construction; specifically multifamily, senior housing, student housing and market rate apartments at the forefront of your knowledge base and keep abreast of industry demands that affect your business development?  Multifamily modular construction offers an especially interesting investment opportunity because of the speed of construction and the return on investment. “

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Modular Homes Tax credit

 Federal First-Time Modular Homebuyer Tax Credit

With low real estate prices and large tax credits available, now is the perfect time to build a home. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009, increased the first-time homebuyer credit to the lesser of $8,000 or 10 percent of the purchase price for homes purchased after December 31, 2008 and before July 1st 2001 . Prior to this Act, the first-time homebuyer credit was $7,500 and was subject to repayment after three years (over 15 years). Unlike the old credit, the $8,000 credit does not have to be paid back unless the home is sold within 36 months of purchase. If the modular home is sold within this time frame, some of the credit will be required to be repaid. The credit begins to phase out for individual taxpayers with adjusted gross income (AGI) excess of $75,000; $150,000 for those taxpayers married filing jointly.

For purposes of this credit, a “first time homebuyer” is a buyer that has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase. The $8,000 federal first-time homebuyer tax credit is a refundable credit - a dollar for dollar reduction in tax. This means that the credit can be claimed even if the taxpayer has little or no tax due on their tax return. The credit will offset any tax due (if any), and the remainder will be refunded to the taxpayer. The taxpayer may claim the tax credit once closing is complete. It is important to make sure that closing occurs by July 1st 2010 . The tax credit can be claimed on the homebuyer’s 2010 tax return, or to receive a quicker refund, the taxpayer may amend his or her 2009 tax return. The taxpayer must fill out IRS Form 5405 to receive the credit.

.Additional Items to Consider

In addition to the first-time homebuyer tax credit, there are other tax advantages to home ownership. Taxpayers that itemize their deductions are able to deduct their mortgage interest paid, as long as their mortgage amount is less than $1 million. For most homeowners, the bulk of their mortgage checks go towards interest, so this is a large tax deduction. In addition, property taxes paid for the current tax year are tax deductible. Lastly, when you sell your home, up to $250,000 in sales gain ($500,000 for married joint filers) is tax-free, as long as the homeowner owned the property for two years and lived in it for two of the five years prior to the sale.

There are many tax benefits to purchasing a home, particularly with the current tax credits available. Remember that you must close on your home by July 1st 2010 to qualify, so if you plan to take advantage of these credits you should begin the home-buying process as soon as possible!

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CONSTRUCTION OF MODULAR HOMES IS IMPROVED

 Inquire here with Building Systems Network web services LLC.. And find out the many reasons why Modular construction has become more and more popular with consumers The House of Your Dreams Delivered Fresh from the Factory.. 

More and more dream homes have gone inside — at least for all or part of the construction phase — as curious consumer’s research and locate the new creative MODULAR designs, energy-efficient features, often lower costs and environmentally controlled production of prefabricated residences it easy to see the many reason to build your next home Smarter NOT Harder using Building Systems Network.

Building Systems Network is a 3 time Circle of Excellence NAHB National Association of Home Builder’s award winning company.

BSN CEO Smereczynsky  says, “As a builder, I believe the systems built home is the best built home in the industry. Period. I’m continuing to market and promote the systems built industry to the homebuyer in a clean, consistent and easy to use manner. Our tagline indicates that “construction is improved through technology” and that is the message we want to promote to site builders and to the homebuyer”.

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Best time to build a Modular home is now

 Building and buying a modular new home is exciting and there has never been a better time to build!  There are many details to consider as you begin this process. Whether you’ve built several homes or this is your first, we’ll strive the make the experience a pleasant one.

While our website does not include all of our floor plans, it does contain a vast array of information which you can easily navigate through. 

 When one of our building consultants follows up with a personal phone call, please consider: 

  • What budget you are trying to stay within?
  • Your timeframe for building your new home.
  • The style of home you are looking to build.
  • The area or area(s) you have interest in.

http://www.bsnhomes.com/ is one of the fastest growing companies in the systems built arena.  We pride ourselves on delivering quality homes, built faster, stronger and better!

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