includes five focus areas for future research:|
Research will center on developing advanced technologies that
radically improve the performance of the manufactured single-family home and lead
to the creation of healthier, stronger and more environmentally-friendly homes,
while maintaining the classic affordability for which manufactured homes are known.
Research will center on developing
processes and technologies to improve production efficiency, to better utilize
advanced materials and methods and to master the building and design processes
in the factory.
will initially focus on site development transportation systems and manufactured
home installation in the field.
As the industry moves toward a real estate conforming product, technological advances
in homes to support this trend will become vital. Additionally, changes in the
regulatory and financing environments will spur innovation. Developing new designs
and technological advances that appeal to a broader customer base, is critical.
The group that will determine
the ultimate success or failure of the industry is its customers. As such, research
addressing consumer preferences is part of a complete R&D program. Such initiatives
as reducing housing operation and maintenance costs and developing new technologies
for existing homes are important.