Manufactured Homes Part Of The Housing And Green Evolution

As I look at housing and the way its gone in the last 60 years there has been huge changes from the original prefabricated manufactured homes that were generally concrete built and primarily to house people after the bombings of WW2. Originally designed to be replaced at some point these manufactured homes have only recently started to see their demise and replacement of brick built skins going up the exterior before the removal of the concrete. They were never supposed to be up this long yet even now its still not difficult to find these types of homes in the UK and obviously partly to blame for the term “concrete jungle”. The 60s seen the rise of concrete being used for everything and the housing developments that were supposed to be the cities of the future ended up landing flat on their faces due to high crime, bad planning and poor construction.

Many lessons were learned then and even today things are still evolving, manufactured homes however are part of the housing market that probably can adapt faster than any other housing market as well as offering up and implementing many green solutions as they go. The big argument then is on the fuel usage to move the homes yet they have to be built somewhere and in a factory type condition where they are built in mass production wastage is minimised, labour maximised and new technologies easy to implement. One thing for sure is that its a market that is geared towards the customer to deliver what the customer needs which is another driving force in not only making the houses ultra modern but also extremely green in materials.

Manufactured homes are without a doubt one of the industries that can have a more positive impact on the housing market at the same time help others to improve their services as well. The cost reductions involved with pre-manufactured homes also allows labour savings which can be utilized somewhere else in the home such as adding solar panels or other technologies the house may have not thought of or couldn’t afford otherwise.

Folding shipping container

folding shipping container

There is a bit of divide between people being green wanting to reuse old containers and those looking to build a budget home. At the same time one of the biggest costs involved with shipping container homes as well as shipping containers in general is transportation. So in reality having folding shipping containers is not only green because it would reduce the number of empty containers stacked up at ports by being able to make it cost affective to send containers back empty. But also for someone like me who’s interested in the modular construction having folding units means transporting to where they will be used as construction blocks can reduce costs by being able to transport several on the same truck. As well as obviously reduce fuel usage for those thinking on the green side.

Size wise this design by Staxxon actually reduces a containers size by 4/5ths meaning you can get 4 containers in the same space that one would normally occupy. Only real issue is how do you transport loads of these at once? ideally it should form up a container from 4 folded ones but I believe currently it can’t but also to be moved around cranes and other equipment would need to be adapted so another expensive headache although with fuel prices increasing modifying equipment may pay in the long run as well as the fact if a single unit can be built from 4 locking together that may get round the problem.