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Architect Magazine: Brief History of 20th-Century Kit House Designs
Building Technology Heritage Library chronicles the evolution of kit house offerings in the 1900s.

Fine Homebuilding: Many Faces Of Prefab
Fine Homebuilding article describes types of modular homes and styles that today differ greatly than their Eisenhower counterparts.

MHI: Overview Of Different Types Of Factory Built Housing
US Manufactured Housing Institute explains manufactured, modular, Panelized, pre-cut, and mobile homes.
Industry Information

AEI: Lessons From American Experience with Factory-Built Housing
American Enterprise Institute report argues that greater reliance on mass production is unlikely to be a source of significant cost savings for the kinds of homes that most Americans live in today. It highlights potential for factory-built housing to provide more significant cost savings if smaller-size and reasonable but lower-quality construction is permitted, as is the case with manufactured housing. (PDF)

Canadian Contractor: Inevitability of Residential Prefabrication
Canadian Contractor discusses three factors that point to a dramatic change in the future of Canadian home building.

CMHC: Profile & Prospects Of Factory Built Housing Industry
CMHC study provides a profile of the factory-built housing sector, including economic conditions in which its producers compete, and innovative and environmentally-friendly production practices which it employs. The report also highlights future prospects for the factory-built housing sector, as certain niche markets are expected to increase the demand for affordable housing. 2006 (PDF)

GBA: Robotics Comes to Homebuilding
Green Building Advisor describes how a Baltimore company is pioneering the use of industrial robots to build single-family homes.

HIRL: Quickening Pace in Transitioning to Off-Site Construction
Home Innovation Research Labs says a December survey of builders reveals a quickening p[ace in transitioning to off-site construction solutions.

HIRL: Use of Off-Site Construction Technologies by US Builders
Home Innovation Research Labs data reveals that off-site construction technologies are not equally spread across geographic areas, builder types, housing types, and home price-points.

Hive: Evolving Best Practices of Offsite Construction
Hive describes why innovation's next wave will matter in how the home building and residential design and development businesses work.

NAHB: Annual Awards Recognizing Systems Built Marketing & Design
US National Association of Home Builders Building Systems Councils (BSC) announced winners of its annual Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design, honoring builders and manufacturers responsible for the finest marketing materials and home designs in the concrete, log, modular and panelized home building industry.
Industry Sectors

MHI: Manufactured Housing Institute
US Manufactured Housing Institute is the national trade organization representing all segments of the factory-built housing industry. MHI serves its membership by providing industry research, promotion, education, and government relations programs.

SBCA: Structural Building Components Association
SBCA an international trade association offers truss and structural building component magazine, shows, events, careers & jobs, education, technical information, and other industry resources.

SBRA: Systems Building Research Alliance
US Systems Building Research Alliance, an industry research organization supports new methods for using factory built homes, solves technical challenges, promotes innovations in home design, construction, and installation.
Information Sources

Home Sight: Links To Manufactured Housing Resources
Home Sight offers online directory of links to online resource for manufactured housing.

MHI: Resource Site From Manufactured Housing Institute
US Manufactured Housing Institute a national trade organization representing the factory-built housing industry, provides research, promotion, education, government relations, and information resources.
Issues & Performance

BA-PIRC: Building America Partnership For Improved Residential Construction
Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction from Florida Solar Energy Center offers services and resources for balancing cost, design, construction, and energy decisions to develop customized solutions for our industrialized housing.

BC Gov: Determining BC Code Compliance Of A277-Certified Buildings
BC Building and Safety Standards Branch bulletin B15-01 Determining Compliance of A277-Certified Buildings clarifies that the BC Building Code applies to factory-built buildings and components and discusses the factory certification procedure. It also offers information on how Code-compliance is verified as part of the certification procedure for factory-built buildings and components. (PDF)

Building Science: Energy Savings From Industrialized House
Building Science research on side-by-side energy testing and monitoring was conducted on two houses in Louisville, KY. From the data, it appears that this type of industrialized construction has energy efficiency advantages over conventional construction. (PDF)

Laval Univ: Software Systems For Design Of Factory Built Homes
Laval University article gives an overview on exploration of software design systems for mass customization of factory-built timber frame homes (PDF)

US DOE: Advanced Envelope Research For Factory Built Housing
US Department of Energy project Advanced Envelope Research for Factory Built Housing will provide factory homebuilders with high performance, cost-effective alternative envelope designs. (PDF)

US DOE: Stud Walls With Continuous Exterior Insulation For Factory Built Housing
US Department of Energy report Technology Solutions Case Study: Stud Walls with Continuous Exterior Insulation for Factory Built Housing describes design development and variations on the use of exterior foam insulation. It includes material selection, manufacturing and cost analysis, and prototyping and testing. (PDF)

WoodWorks: Off Site Wood Construction
WoodWorks online slide show presentation describes the unique design and construction techniques associated with pre-fabricated and off-site panelized wood systems. (PDF)
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