ACT 29-12-2020 CONCEPTUAL RENDER STARLUM

FAQ

What is the difference between a Modular, Manufactured, Mobile and Container Home?


Modular homes are manufactured in a facility the same time the foundation is being laid. They are assembled in sections and then transported to the home site by flatbed truck, where they are put together according to a predetermined plan. Their building codes are governed by local and state regulations based on the building site. When transported to the location, they are attached to the foundation on with permanent chassis.

Manufactured homes are also built in a factory, but they are completely constructed before being transported on their own frames, and on their own wheels, to the home site. They can be placed on land you own or land you rent. They do not have to meet local building codes, rather they are manufactured to requirements from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mobile homes, prior to 1976, and distinguished by the Mobile Home Construction and Safety Act, were easily moved living spaces that were built off site. “Mobile homes” refers to homes built before 1976 and “manufactured homes” refer to those built after 1976 under a higher set of building standards put in place by the “HUD code.”

Container Homes are dwellings made from a shipping container, with resulting structures that can be quite diverse. The interior is assembled inside a warehouse while the container is brought to the site of a home. They often come in two sizes, 20ft x 8ft or 40ft by 8ft. The smaller container provides 160 square feet of living while the larger container provides 320 square feet of space. Since they are missing a lot of structural elements and fixtures of a traditional home, renovation is more difficult.




Why now, why the “sudden” interest in Modular Homes?


Nowadays, homeowners, real estate developers, and government are facing a widely known crisis in the home market. Not only the costs are extremely high but also there is little to no availability of homes in most of the US urban markets. This condition is only getting worse. In Miami, FL alone (as per FIU Study) 8 in every 10 homes are unaffordable to low- and moderate-income owners.

Additionally, traditional construction has several and inherent inefficiencies, planning for those has been the norm, but with today’s problems and the green or environmentally friendlier approach that most of the people has, modular construction is starting to grow and it’s actually what most studies refer as the “Future of Building”.




Are Modular homes less expensive than traditional site-built homes?


They usually are less expensive than traditional homes, one of the main reasons for this is the fact of the efficiency and no disruption in the process of construction. For example, if a team needs to be mobilized to a construction site, takes time, takes money, some days the crews cannot work because of the weather, etc. Meanwhile modular construction does not have that problem, no mobilization needed, to inclement weather delays and that translates into less costly construction processes that are pass onto homeowners.




Do Modular Homes last as long as site-build homes?


Of course, they do, they last the same (if not longer) than traditional site constructed homes. Keep in mind they are build up to the exact same construction codes as any other home.




Are Modular Homes Permanent?


Yes, our homes are permanent, they are referred as “permanent Modular Construction” (PMC), they are built up the same standards as traditional construction and they are classified as real property, which is exactly the same as any other on-site build home.




Are Modular Homes hurrican approved?


Yes, they are, they also better performing that traditional homes in areas where seismic activity is an issue.




Do Modular Homes have the same quality as traditional homes?


Yes, and arguably more, their construction process is so controlled (quality wise), their engineering is way more accurate, this means very straight walls, window and doors that open easily, better indoor living air, among others.




Are Modular Homes Eco-Friendly/Sustainable?


Modular homes not only benefit the people living in the house but are also easy on the environment. Allergens, humidity, and air pollution are significantly reduced in the home and mold, mildew, and termites are eliminated. Waste is kept at a minimum as recycled steel and products are used in the manufacturing of the modular home. Moreover, energy consumption is also at a minimum due to the technology used in the modular home which keeps energy use at a minimal and efficient as possible.




Are Modular Homes Financeable?


Yes, they are, in the same conditions and any other home, they are real property.




What other types of buildings can be modular?


Modular building come in many different forms and for different uses, some of the industries that use PMC include schools, banks, hotels, shelters, health facilities, housing developers, retails, among others.