Nine-Year Summary of Fort Irwin, California Family Housing Comparison Test: Operation and Maintenance Costs of Manufactured versus Conventionally Built Units
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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To determine if manufacturedfactory-built family housing is more cost-effective in providing housing than conventional construction, Congress directed that a test of construction methods be conducted. In 1982, Congress authorized the construction of 200 units of manufacturedfactory-built housing at Fort Irwin, CA, and concurrently, 144 units of conventionally built units. Congress directed the Department of Defense DOD to conduct a fair and reliable study comparing the operation and maintenance OM costs of manufactured housing to those of conventional housing. DOD reported to Congressional committees on the conditions and parameters under which this test would be conducted and the results of the test after the housing had been in use for 5 years. The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Logistics, and Environment requested that the study be extended beyond the 5 years. This report compares the first 9 years of OM costs. Through 9 years of occupancy, maintenance costs for the manufactured housing were significantly higher than for the conventionally built housing, with defective water piping a major problem. Fort Irwin, CA, Family housing, Industrialized building.
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