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Why single-family houses will stick around for now

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For decades, land-use regulation throughout the U.S. has stressed having single-family houses on large lots. This approach has priced many people out of the quintessential American dream: Owning a home. It also has promoted suburban sprawl – a pattern of low-density, car-dependent development that has dominated growth at the edges of urban areas since the end of World War II.

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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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