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Housing Innovation Center

Providing a unique space that fosters collaboration and promotes ideas for efficient, forward-thinking housing manufacturing.

The Housing Innovation Center is improving modular construction methods to build more affordable multifamily homes, create good local jobs, and invest in the future.

Factory OS is already cutting costs by 20%, and construction time by 40%. Our goal is to go even further, reducing costs by 30% and cutting construction time in half.

Center Initiatives

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES

Facilitate workshops, walkthroughs, and education sessions where industry leaders both learn and contribute.

FUTURE-READY DESIGN

Leverage adaptable designs for future technologies from adjustable room sizes to voice-command windows, to supporting autonomous vehicles.

LOWER BUILDING COSTS

Reduce modular construction costs through efficiency improvements, without compromising on quality.

STANDARDIZED DESIGN

Work with architects and designers to develop high quality standard modular construction designs that can be customized by individual buyers.

LEAN MANUFACTURING

Collaborate with Factory OS employees to support health and wellbeing at work on the manufacturing line.

SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY

Add built-in support for existing smart home technology like Amazon’s Alexa and Facebook’s Jarvis, as well as more conventional apps that control thermostats, lights, locks or home robotics.

GREENER CONSTRUCTION

Inspire more environmentally friendly modular construction by using sustainable building products and reducing waste.

Leadership and Collaboration

Our in-house innovation team works to optimize cost savings and develop new approaches to modular construction to support the Factory OS mission, delivering more affordable apartments and condominiums quickly, inexpensively, and on a large scale. The Housing Innovation Center collaborates directly with engineers, architects, and executives to drive an unrelenting process of continuous improvement to reach our goals.

The Factory OS Housing Innovation Center is led by Carol Galante, faculty director for UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Innovation in Housing and former Federal Housing Commissioner. The Factory_OS team partners with high-profile innovators, including large corporations and academic institutions.