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According to the American Institute of Architect’s EcoHome magazine, the factory-built housing industry is leading...

According to the American Institute of Architect’s EcoHome magazine, the factory-built housing industry is leading...

When you picture modern manufacturing in the United States, you probably envision computer-driven assembly lines, lasers, and robots—but you’d be wrong about factory housing. Factory home builders in the United States remain far behind their counterparts abroad. Few or none employ systems like the computerized numerical control machines common to European manufacturers, such as BoKlok, a division of IKEA, or Toyota Homes in Asia. Most U.S. factory housing is built in a basic warehouse with tradesmen wielding hammers and toolbelts. But they also have jigs and cranes, and, despite lagging technology, there are some powerful advantages to even low-tech factories over even lower-tech building on-site. To start, the manufacturers we spoke to had sophisticated, professional management and building science expertise, including architects, engineers, and LEED-certified project man...

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