Modular or pre-fab homes have come a long way, and offer many perks to prospective home owners
Many people still associate manufactured or modular homes with the conventional trailer or mobile home. In fact, that couldn't be farther from the truth.
Today there is very little difference in both the look and livability of a manufactured/modular home compared to a traditionally constructed home.
PNE Prize Home is a Modular Home
The PNE Prize Home is one of the best examples of a new manufactured home. The home is a modular design built by Langley-based Britco Structures. Its modules are built in one of Britco Structure’s climatically controlled manufacturing plants to exacting standards. They are then trucked to the PNE site and placed together on a temporary foundation.
When the prize is awarded, the modules will be separated and transported to the new location to be placed on a permanent foundation.
Advantages of Modular Homes
While the majority of modular homes are not as elaborate as the PNE Prize Home, the concept of modular housing offers numerous advantages to the typical home owner.
- Multiple Styles: With the building technology available today, almost any style of home - from a rancher to a basement model truss floor design - can be built. Designs can be easily customized and the most up-to-date floor plans and finishes are available. These homes are built in advanced manufacturing plants involving stringent timelines and competitive pricing.
- Energy Efficiency: Manufactured/modular homes are built to the highest standards of energy efficiency and can include high-efficiency furnaces and heat pumps to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment and your utility bills.
- Reduced Waste: Factory manufacturing of modular home components means less material transport, allows for the most effective use of energy and materials, and reduces waste.
- Certification: All of these homes must meet all applicable building codes - the National Building Code and Provincial/Regional Building Codes - as well as be certified to Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards. The certification label affixed to each home gives consumers confidence that the home meets every code in the book.
- Improved Productivity: Environmentally controlled factories allow the sequence of assembly to be altered substantially to improve working conditions and productivity. Bathroom fixtures, furnaces, water heaters, floor coverings, etc., are all installed before the walls and roof structure are put in place. The sequencing of assembly on site-built homes is generally dictated by the weather. That means that rather than focusing on working conditions and construction efficiencies, the first priority is building and weather-proofing the walls and roof to resist the elements.
When purchasing your next home, make sure to investigate what manufactured and modular housing options may be available you.
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