Global Prefabricated Housing

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Housing

This comprehensive study examines the world prefabricated housing industry by type and region. Historical data are provided for 2009, 2014, and 2019, with forecasts for the years 2024 and 2029. Data for prefabricated housing supply and demand are presented in units and are broken out by product type (manufactured and modular housing, temporary housing, and panelized and precut) for six geographic regions and 20 major national markets. Demand is also presented in dollars, while shipments data are given in units.

This study analyzes the worldwide market for prefabricated housing, including:

  • manufactured housing
  • modular housing, including park models and units constructed from shipping containers
  • temporary housing
  • panelized housing, including those made of wood, light- or heavy-gauge steel, precast concrete, wood or metal sandwich panels, reinforced plastics, fiberboard, or ferroconcrete
  • precut housing, including those made of wood, light- or heavy-gauge steel, precast concrete, wood or metal sandwich panels, reinforced plastics, fiberboard, or ferroconcrete

Prefabricated disaster relief homes are included in the study as long as they do not have the appearance of tent-like structures and are likely to be used beyond a temporary basis.

Excluded from the study are:

  • traditional site-built homes using some prefabricated building components (e.g., pre-hung windows or doors)
  • prefabricated structures used for nonresidential purposes
  • any temporary housing that resembles tent

Data from the US Census Department were consulted in the preparation of this study and a list of related codes is presented here for informational purposes. However, these codes may not include all products covered in this report or may exclude some products of interest and the data have thus been adjusted accordingly.

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