Demand for Modular Housing to Grow Over 5% Annually Through 2024

According to Freedonia Group analysts, demand for modular housing (also known as system-built housing) is forecast to rise 5.2% annually to 23,700 units in 2024. Advances will be boosted by such factors as:

  • homeowner interest in modular housing due to its perception as a high-end alternative to manufactured housing:
    • Modular homes are built to local building codes – not the HUD Code – and thus more frequently offer modern features, such as enhanced energy efficiency.
    • Modular homes are installed on foundations or slabs and are not designed to be moved after installation.
  • the tendency for modular houses to be larger than manufactured units and more closely resemble site-built residences
  • most modular units cost less than site-built homes
  • increasing use of small modular homes – accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or “tiny homes” – that can be used to alleviate local housing shortages or provide multigenerational living options
  • rising use of modular units in multifamily housing – units can be installed on each, or stacked, to create apartment complexes with similar designs that facilitate maintenance and the connection of utilities

Shipments of modular homes are anticipated to climb 5.3% per year to 23,300 units in 2024. Gains will be boosted by increasing domestic demand for modular housing. Tiny home production will see the fastest growth – albeit from a low base – due to their small size, which speeds up the production of these units.

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