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The Housing Revolution Manifesto — 2 Comments

  1. I believe one of the the biggest hindrances to alternative building is the time factor. Many alternative building methods are labor intensive and take considerably longer then conventional building. Often working with a building department on alternative projects can delay construction, because they are unfamiliar with the methods. Now that probably isn’t a much of a problem for the owner builder, but for people who are developing housing to sell or commercial property it is killer. Often people developing such projects are paying interest on construction loans. The longer it takes to build, the more interest is paid,
    Even if loans aren’t a factor, many developers are not willing to wait that long to see a return on their investment.

    Now some of the negatives with regard to long construction times could be offset by reduced costs, but there would have to be some hard data to sell it.

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