Prefab Needs To Be Fixed Before It Can Save Housing

By: Jennifer Castenson

In 1987, the U.S. government led a collaborative initiative with a dozen semiconductor manufacturers that were on the brink of collapse due to innovative competition from overseas manufacturers.

The federal government led the charge of this consortium, called Sematech, in order to gain and sustain a healthy place in the growing market of semiconductors, pulling off a very successful program that remains strong today.

Now, the building environment faces a similar threat. Developers are ordering modular units from overseas that are price competitive with what could be manufactured in the U.S. and also incorporate more design, construction and operational innovation.

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