CAN MODULAR MANUFACTURING BRING DOWN HOUSING COSTS?
On Friday morning (Feb. 5), Bay Area Council Housing Chairs Denise Pinkston of TMG Partners and Kofi Bonner of Lennar Urban convened regional stakeholders to discuss the benefits and challenges to producing modular manufactured housing. Offsite construction has the potential to be considerably more cost effective than onsite, offering much needed relief to the rising cost of building housing. Other benefits include reduced construction waste, safer working conditions for laborers, more sustainable “green” units, and quieter construction sites. However, there are many challenges to scaling modular such as regulatory, financing, and weather constraints. Bonner will be updating the Housing Committee on the outcomes of this roundtable and discussing next steps at the next regular Housing Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 9 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. To attend the meeting and to engage in our housing policy work, please contact Policy Associate Rachele Trigueros.