May 1984 to September 1988 Summary of Fort Irwin, California, Family Housing Comparison Test: Operation and Maintenance Costs of Manufactured vs. Conventionally Built Units
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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Congress directed the construction of 200 units of manufactured factory-built housing at Fort Irwin, CA, in 1982 to see if this method of construction will cost less than conventional housing, yet still provide durable housing commensurate with contemporary housing standards. Congress directed the Department of Defense DOD to conduct a fair and reliable study that will compare the operation and maintenance OM costs of manufactured housing to those of conventional housing. DOD will report to Congressional committees on the conditions and parameters under which this test was conducted and the results of the test after the housing has been in use for 5 years. To compared these two types of construction properly, DOD must reliably identify OM costs and user satisfaction. Differences in OM costs must be identified and the reasons for those differences determined. This is the fifth of five interim reports on the progress of the study. USACERL will provide a yearly summary for each of FY84-FY88. A final report covering the first 5 years of OM costs will be written at the end of FY89. No conclusions or inferences should be made as to which type of construction has the lowest OM costs until the final 5-year summary is complete. Keywords Cost analysis, Prefabricated buildings.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology