Building Affordability by Building Affordably: Exploring the Benefits, Barriers, and Breakthroughs Needed to Scale Off-Site Multifamily Construction

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Authors: Carol Galante, Sara Draper-Zivetz, and Allie Stein

Release Date: March 2017

As home prices and rents continue to soar, we know that growing costs in the construction industry are a key part of the problem. Off-site manufacturing of homes, with the potential for significant cost and time savings in the production process, is a promising innovation poised at scale to significantly bring down the cost of housing.

In this paper, the Terner Center for Housing Innovation explores the barriers and proposes a number of solutions that would enable off-site construction to expand from its currently limited operations in the United States, and deliver more housing, more affordably, and more rapidly, to the market.