Prefab Builder Module Housing Moves Forward With New Affordable Project In Pittsburgh

Prefab housing innovator Module is making some impressively fast progress on the first of a block of new houses in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Garfield. Check out their time-lapse video below to see the main structure of a house take shape in just a couple of days:

Module is partnering with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, among others, to build two single-family homes plus a duplex. One of these is being built with the help of grants that will make it available for a lower-income family, helping to keep the neighborhood economically diverse.

Courtesy of Module Housing

Bloomfield-Garfield Corp. has been encouraging new construction and renovation to provide affordable housing in the area since the ’80s, with a philosophy that home ownership is crucial to the health of the neighborhood. Executive director Rick Swartz is enthusiastic about Module being the first developer in decades to want to build without the help of subsidies: “We now have a developer who’s going to build two homes in Garfield that are going to be market rate, and he’s not looking for a subsidy,” Swartz said. “For us, that’s something of a milestone. It tells us there are people who want to live in Garfield and pay market rate. We have people competing to buy houses. We never had that before.”

Rendering of new Module home at 5454 Black Street in Pittsburgh
Courtesy of Module Housing

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is also excited about the “… opportunity to create 21st-century housing, to create a company in Pittsburgh that will employ people to do it and is a part of the modular movement that’s happening on a global basis.” Read the whole story and see more pictures of the groundbreaking ceremony here.

Our Take

We’re excited about Module because they are, indeed, creating 21st-century housing. Their pre-fab homes are ready for the future. As the name suggests, they’re modular, constructed offsite and quickly assembled on-site, reducing costs. They’re also easy to customize and add on to if the homeowner’s needs change.

Looking forward to the day when net-zero homes are the rule rather than the exception, all Module’s homes are built to Zero Energy Ready Home Standards, as well. We hope to see many more successful projects from Module in the coming years!

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