Thursday, November 2, 2017

Another Example of Everything Now Being Called Modular

Imagine my surprise when my Builderonline email arrived with an article about a New England builder adopting modular construction only to realize that even Builder is as confused about the term “modular” as most consumers are.

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The term modular when it comes to housing SHOULD be the domain of the factory built 6 sided modules built to meet IRC regulations and shipped to the jobsite about 80% complete.

Today every Tom, Dick and Harry that sells designs off-site housing to the public seems to want on the ‘modular’ and ‘prefab’ bandwagon. Reporters aren’t shown the difference between panelized, prefab assembly, manufactured and modular and that comes through in their articles. I even saw an article calling tiny houses ‘modular.’

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It’s not the reporter’s fault that nobody from the real modular housing industry has never told them. But innocent confusion can lead consumers to think that panelized construction is modular as shown in this article.

Here is the article:


In Massachusetts, the Lanterns at Warren Woods bring comfort, convenience, and community to active adults seeking a next-level home.

For The Green Co., deciding to go modular when building the Lanterns at Warren Woods in Ashland, Mass., wasn’t just a case study in construction efficiency. The Newton, Mass.–based development company, which has specialized in delivering homes that cater to the 55-plus market for several decades, has been using panelized construction methods since the late ’80s.

The approach—which involves manufacturing wood-frame panels in Queensbury, N.Y., and shipping them to the site to be assembled—enables the firm to speed up the construction process while maintaining quality standards and meeting financial benchmarks. “The only way we can adhere to our target schedules is through panelizing,” says Daniel Green, president at The Green Co. “Framing—from when the work begins to when the house is watertight with the windows in, roofing on, and sheathing on—takes exactly two weeks.”

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