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Modular techniques may make homebuilding safer, faster, cheaper

A crew gets to work on Aug. 30 on a new home in Denver. The U.S. Commerce Department reported on Wednesday that housing starts slipped last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million, down from 1.27 million in August. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

With steadily rising costs still a big barrier to the construction of affordable housing, construction professionals are turning more and more to a relatively new remedy: volumetric modular construction, process in which most of the work takes place in a factory setting, leaving little to do on-site.

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BUILDING BLOCKS: Renovation of the AL. Ringling Mansion Ballroom

(Model courtesy of the Al. Ringling Mansion)

The mansion’s ballroom – which dates to 1948, is big enough for 300 people and has a six-lane bowling alley – is being turned into a brewpub. The featured beer served there will be made according to a recipe discovered in a small box hidden under part of the mansion’s floor. The brewpub will also have a seven-barrel brewhouse, a 40-foot-long bar and a taproom.

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