Simply put, a building system is a highly engineered method
of producing buildings or building components in an efficient
and cost effect manner. The use of building systems is common
in many different types of residential and commercial construction
Modular Built and site-built homes
are constructed to the
same building code required by your state, county and specific
locality and therefore are not restricted by building or zoning
regulations. A quality control process provides 100% assurance
that your home has been inspected for code compliance and
workmanship. Your new home is inspected at the plant during
each phase of construction. Evidence of this inspection is
normally shown by the application of a State or inspection
agency label of approval.
Modular built housing is a fast-growing modern form of
construction gaining a growing recognition of its increased
efficiency and ability to apply modern technology to the needs
of the market place.
When you add up all the labor, material and time savings
inherent in the systems built process, you will find that
the price of your home is generally lower than a traditionally
built home of comparable size.
Superior quality control, reduced waste and faster completion
(30-90 days versus 4-9 months for site-built construction
are primary benefits.
The increased efficiency of construction results in greater
value for the homeowner. Efficiency begins with modern factory
assembly line techniques. Work is never delayed by weather,
subcontractor no-shows or missing material. Harmful weather
never touches the inside of your home.
The combination of reduced cycle time, more efficient construction,
unlimited customization and a growing shortage of skilled
trades are the primary reason many builders and homebuyers
are switching from traditional site-building to systems building.
Today's Modular built homes
encompasses the entire spectrum
of the housing market from the affordable single-family and
multifamily housing to high end luxury homes (several systems
built builders produce several models that sell for over half
Modular built housing
is growing at almost ten percent
rate over the last five years. Forecasters see systems built
housing increasing its marketshare by twelve percent annually
well into the next millennium (Frost & Sullivan).
Computerization has enabled systems built
take a mass customization approach and design all models to
meet a homeowner's particular needs. The options are endless!
- The building blocks of modular homes
- individual modules - are housing componenets constructed
in a controlled factory environment.
- Individual modules are up to 90% complete
with shipped from the factory to the home site. All walls,
flooring, ceilings, stairs, carpeting, and even wall finish
are completed in the factory before shipment.
- Once all building materials arrive at
the factory, some manufacturers can assemble modules in
a single day. Typically, a two-story, 2,500 sq. ft. home
can be constructed in a factory in under a week.
- Aside from any cost savings, modular
homebuyers benefit from the short assembly time of their
home – reducing any amount of weather damage or home
site vandalism. Over the life of the home, modular homes
save money because they are incredibly efficient.
- In 2002, modular homes accounted for
3% of the new, single-family homes constructed. Outside
of metropolitan area, that figure jumped to 12%. From 1992-2002,
modular housing production increased 48%
- One of every ten homes built in the northeast
is a modular home. That region accounted for 29% of the
nation’s modular activity in 2001. The South Atlantic
region was a close second with 26%, and the Great Lakes
region third, accounting for 24%.
- The most popular states for modular
construction in 2001 were North Carolina, Michigan, and