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As factory-built housing has become increasingly comparable to site-built housing, but with lower construction costs and overall development costs, there have been efforts to make factory-built housing an acceptable alternative in serving the affordable housing market in urban and suburban areas. Even more promising is that common public misperceptions about the aesthetic nature of factory-built housing have shifted because the design and structure have evolved and become physically indistinguishable from conventional housing. HUD awarded the "An Exploratory Study of Factory-Built Homes and their Implications for Affordability" study to 2 M Research. The study will provide HUD with a deeper understanding of the advances in construction methods, supply chain management, inherent efficiencies both in the construction of and use of factory-built homes, the nature of the relationship that exists between manufacturers and on-site construction crews, homeowners and financial institutions.

Note: The status of this project is ongoing.

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