Modular vs. Stick-built: A Side-by-Side Comparison with Habitat for Humanity

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, Simple City Studio, and VEIC present PV Habitat’s award-winning experiment in affordable net-zero housing. Using data from a recent build, PV Habitat compares build time, cost, and energy efficiency between modular and stick-built construction, focusing on the trade-offs between affordability and energy efficiency, and examining where design can simplify or complicate a build. At the cutting edge of affordable housing, these recent builds expand on PV Habitat’s efforts to build small, durable, and affordable homes, and demonstrate that a home does not have to be expensive to be innovative and energy-efficient. Learn how small, durable, zero net energy homes can pave a way to the future of affordable homeownership, where energy efficiency radically reduces utility bills and well-designed small homes offer sufficient, flexible spaces for a variety of family sizes.

Session Chair(s): 

Event Time: 

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

CEU Information: 

AIA 1.0 LU/HSW
BPI 1.0 hour
Mass. CSL 1.0 hour Energy
4.5 credit-hour packets available from PHIUS, RESNET, and Mass. CSL

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the goals, strategies, and challenges of affordable housing construction and Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity's approach to providing housing in order to contextualize the choices made and the difference in construction techniques.
  • Explain the differences between the two construction methods used on the houses and determine why these methods might be chosen given the requirements of a particular project.
  • Identify the differences in overall costs between the houses and the factors that influenced those costs.
  • Analyze the difference in energy performance between the houses and what factors influenced the performance.

Session ID: 

BOS21-710