The International Builders’ Show, hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), is an event where builders, developers, and material suppliers can come together, connect, and learn from each other. We were excited to get back to the show after a two year hiatus due to covid!
Below are some highlights of our experience at this year’s show.
This year, we were selected to be featured in the Start-Up Zone; a floor destination that featured a limited number of revolutionary companies working in residential construction and development. We were so honored to be a part of it along with some really innovative start-ups around the country.
We met many interesting builders and building suppliers and loved telling them about what Module does and our impact within the construction industry. We also were able to connect with some of our innovation partners during the show, like Dupont, Mitsubishi, Cobalt Creed, and James Hardie.
Risk Mitigation Using Offsite Construction
We stopped in to listen to VBC (Volumetric Building Companies) along with Caleb Roope of The Pacific Companies speak about how offsite construction mitigates the risk that typically comes along with new construction.
In their presentation, they outlined where offsite construction brings the most value in the USA. The outlined locations were in areas where both local real estate values and wage rates are considerably higher than average, making modular housing a good solution.
They also explained that modular construction gives you a more accurate price estimate than what you get “in the field”. This means that although there might be some initial sticker shock when you see the quoted price of a modular product, the quotes can be more accurate than if you were to get a price estimate for traditional construction that tends to give you a lower price upfront, but continues to add additional fees throughout the project.
Missing Middle Housing
We were also excited to hear Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design share his case studies on Missing Middle Housing. Parolek describes Missing Middle Housing as “House-scale buildings with multiple units in walkable neighborhoods“.
These houses are an alternative to large apartment buildings and allow for residents to live in a house without the cost and maintenance that come along with owning a home. Missing Middle Housing helps solve the mismatch between the available U.S. housing stock and shifting demographics combined with the growing demand for walkability.
We also had the opportunity to share our own ideas about the future of construction. Our CEO, Brian Gaudio, spoke about modular construction and how it can be used as a solution for blight remediation, affordable housing, and sustainable development.
Using the Black Street Development as a case study, he talked through how that project delivered results for key stakeholders, including neighborhood groups, governments, and innovative building product suppliers.