Many people will debate the advantages and disadvantages of modular, or system-built, homes as compared to homes that are traditionally built on site. Both sides present good arguments, and today we look at some of the advantages to prefab housing.
In their document “Top 10 Things to Know About Prefab Housing,” The Building Systems Council (BSC) at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) points out some important things about system-built homes:
“Systems-built homes score high on the green-building scale because material waste is significantly reduced both in the factory and the job site. Plus, the waste material that does result from the build is often able to be repurposed, recycled or even converted into fuel to operate the plant.
“Because [prefab houses] have to withstand the rigors of transporting the home from the factory to the onsite location, they are often built with materials above and beyond what’s mandated for site construction. The added strength translates into a solid, energy-efficient structure once assembled.
“In many cases, the system-built construction process allows for a quick turnaround between groundbreaking and occupancy… custom modular homes are often move-in ready in about two-thirds the time needed for a comparable custom site-built home.
“There is no minimum or maximum size for prefab housing. Homes can be cozy cabins or top 4,000 square feet or more.”
If you are trying to decide whether to build a prefab home or a conventional home built on site, a log home from a kit or one constructed by a log home builder, I recommend interviewing a few manufacturers or builders of both types of homes in your area and see who will be the best fit for you when it comes to a general contractor.
Source: NAHB (please follow the link on this page to the Word document for original article.)
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