Accession Number : ADA301359

Title :   Fort Irwin, CA, Family Housing Comparison Test: Operation and Maintenance Costs of Manufactured vs. Conventionally Built Units.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Personal Author(s) : Neathammer, Robert D.

PDF Url : ADA301359

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : To determine if manufactured factory-built family housing is more cost-effective in providing housing than conventional construction, Congress directed that a test of construction methods be conducted. In 1982, Congress authorized the construction of 200 units of manufactured factory-built housing at Fort Irwin, CA, and concurrently, 144 units of conventionally built units. Congress directed the Department of Defense (DOD) to conduct a fair and reliable study comparing the operation and maintenance (O&M) costs of manufactured housing to those of conventional housing. DOD reported to Congressional committees on the conditions and parameters under which this test would be conducted and the results of the test after the housing had been in use for 5 years. The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Logistics, and Environment requested that the study be extended beyond the 5 years. This report compares 10 years of O&M costs. Through 10 years of occupancy, maintenance costs for the manufactured housing were significantly higher than for the conventionally built housing, with defective water piping a major problem. family housing, industrialized building

Descriptors :   *CONSTRUCTION, *HOUSING(DWELLINGS), TEST AND EVALUATION, MAINTENANCE, METHODOLOGY, COST EFFECTIVENESS, COMPARISON, FAMILY MEMBERS, ARMY FACILITIES, TEST METHODS, EFFICIENCY, RELIABILITY, DEFECTS(MATERIALS), SAFETY, LOGISTICS, SPACE(ROOM).

Subject Categories : Civil Engineering
      Structural Engineering and Building Technology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE