A modular home is factory-built in sections and trucked to the site, where it’s assembled on a foundation and finished. The factory construction process generates about 30 percent less waste than a comparable site-built home, according to the manufactured housing institute; this reduced waste means less construction debris going into the nation’s landfills. “The reduction of waste is a large component of sustainability,” says Brian Abramson, co-founder of Method Homes in Seattle. “And there’s less impact to the site.”

Construction of modular homes also takes less time. Abramson says his custom homes can be ready for move-in in three to four months versus six to 12 months for a comparable “stick-built” counterpart. The building process is streamlined

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