For more than a hundred years, modular has been touted as the next big thing in home building. But neither companies as practical as Sears Roebuck, which offered a house in a box in 1908, nor architects as visionary as Frank Lloyd Wright, who introduced a line of prefabricated houses three years later, have been able to make a promising idea an everyday American reality.
The gathering green revolution may change that.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, modular construction accounted for about five percent of all new homes built in 2010.
Those numbers appear poised to grow, with companies emphasizing sustainability starting up even amid the worst housing market since the Great Depression and others finding new markets for modular homes in cities, which have been less “friendly” towards modular construction than suburban and rural communities.
For more on this story, visit: How Green Are Today’s Modular Homes? | Living Green Magazine.