Experts speaking on Capitol Hill on innovations in factory-built housing that are pushing the envelope for quality and performance while meeting the needs of low-income home buyers. Factory-built homes have the benefits of being constructed inside a manufacturing plant (avoiding weather-related delays), standardization that improves consistency and eliminates waste, and a design/build process that facilitates innovation and quality control. These characteristics allow manufacturers to produce high-quality housing much more quickly and cost effectively than homes that are site-built. This briefing addressed “manufactured” housing –– permanent housing (not trailers), produced almost entirely in the factory to federal minimum standards (the “HUD Code”) –– and “modular” housing, made with prefabricated components and assembled on site to local code. Manufactured housing is the largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing in the United States, but most manufacturers are not using the most advanced energy-saving designs and technologies that could reduce monthly energy costs. This briefing presented the latest research and practices of inventive, forward-thinking companies that are working to make housing more affordable for more American home buyers, more profitable for American businesses, and more sustainable for everyone's benefit. More information is available at eesi.org/011911_housing

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