The Future Role of Factory Built Housing

by Fred C. Hallahan, Jr., Hallahan Associates, Baltimore, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Housing America in the Twenty-First Century


For most of this century, and particularly around 1970 as epitomized by Operation Breakthrough, the concept of transitioning the US housing industry from stick-by-stick field building to pre-engineered factory based building has intrigued, stimulated and frustrated corporations and individuals both within and outside the housing industry (Korman, 1988). This paper discusses how factory built housing has now established a relatively small but steady market share niche. Also discussed are the benefits of factory built housing within the overall home building process and the need for housing manufacturers to exploit recent changes in production techniques and information management software. This paper concludes with opinions regarding the future role of factory built housing.

Subject Headings: Housing | Industries | Buildings | Information management | Residential buildings | Corporations | Business management | Building management | United States

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