Each ecoMOD team has the opportunity to build the prototype they design. The goal is to not only provide our affordable housing partners—Piedmont Housing Alliance and Habitat for Humanity—with actual homes, but to expand on that opportunity to test prefabrication as a workable solution for the lack of well-designed affordable housing in the U.S.
The prototypes are fabricated at a decommissioned airfield hangar owned by the University of Virginia, and shipped either as modules or panels to their final destination. Construction professionals advise the student builders, and they also occasionally coordinate a more complex scope of work such as roofing or HVAC systems – although always with student participation. Based upon extensive research into the prefabricated housing industry and advice from modular homebuilders, the fabrication processes are structured to mimic what a company would expect if the home designs were taken into production.