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Inside Blu Homes’ Prefab Home Factory Of The Future

Building in a former submarine factory, the Prefab company is churning out energy-efficient homes that can be dropped off, assembled, and have you living in them in just two weeks.

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It’s a precarious time to be in the modular home business–many Americans who may once have considered buying a house have been discouraged by the recession, which was caused in part by people buying homes they couldn’t afford. Nevertheless, sustainable prefab startup Blu Homes is dramatically expanding its operations with a new 250,000-square-foot factory in Vallejo, California to complement its smaller factory in Massachusetts.

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Blu let us inside its just-opened Vallejo factory this week to see the home manufacturing process at work. Check out our visit in the slideshow above.

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Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more

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