Canadian factory-built housing is a popular alternative to site built homes, combining quality Canadian wood products, solid construction with great design and exceptional value.
Canadian factory-built housing is a popular alternative to site built homes, combining quality Canadian wood products, solid construction with great design and exceptional value. These homes can be manufactured to the R-2000 standard – the highest standard for energy performance in Canada –and often come with comprehensive manufacturers’ warranties. There are several factory built systems to choose from, depending on the buyers’ or builders’ needs and preferences:
Modular homes are built in three-dimensional modules, offering a great deal of design flexibility. Modules can be combined to make one-, two- or three-storey homes and can also be used for multi-family complex construction. When the modules arrive at the building site, they are ready for assembly on the foundation. Insulation, air/vapour barriers, plumbing, wiring, siding and other construction details are mostly completed in addition to some of the interior finishing, including drywall, trim, flooring and cabinets. Completion of a modular home on site may take a builder a couple of weeks or more, depending on the size, style and features of the home. Custom upgrades such as brick siding and some hard surface flooring are best done on site.
Manufactured homes provide the most complete option for houses built in the factory. These homes are often ready for move-in the same day or a few days after arrival on site. Due to their unique structural design, manufactured homes can be installed on surface foundations, such as piers and can also be relocated. Built in one or two sections, manufactured homes are available in many designs and layouts, with a wide selection of standard and customized features.
Panelized homes consist of pre-fabricated wall sections that can reduce on-site construction time. The panels can be partially or fully completed, with windows, doors and siding often pre-installed. For pre-engineered homes, the major building components are prepared in the factory and shipped to the building site as a package ready for assembly—including framing materials, doors, windows, roofing, siding, interior wall partitions and subflooring. The pre-engineered building system emphasizes precision design and pre-cutting and can be used for virtually any home design, from standard cottage plans to highly customized dream homes.
For more information on Canadian factory built homes, please refer to the Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute, QWEB , BC Wood, or contact Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.